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The study, published in July the journal PLOS ONE, found evidence that school shootings and mass killings -- defined as four or more deaths -- spread "contagiously," and 20% to 30% of such killings appear to be the result of "infection." The contagion period lasts about 13 days, researchers found.
Researchers gathered records of school shootings and mass killings from several data sets and fit them into a mathematical "contagion model." The spread they found was not dependent on location, leading researchers to believe that national media coverage of a mass shooting might play a role. On average, mass shootings occur about once every two weeks in the United States and school shootings happen about once a month, the study said. Sauce
Katherine Newman, provost of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings," said media coverage may prompt copycat crimes, but shining the national spotlight on mass and school shootings can have benefits, too. It encourages students and adults to come forward with information about suspicious people. Sauce
originally posted by: VoidHawk
Seems to me there's some exaggeration as to how often a "mass" shooting occurs, but yes, msm can spread such things, just ask those who spend billions on advertising.
originally posted by: rockintitz
a reply to: TheAmazingYeti
The best way to report a mass shooting is to just report that it happened.
We don't need 24/7 media coverage of what the shooters landlords friend has to say.
Stop giving them so much media attention. Stop making them celebrities.