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Research shows 30% of mass shootings are inspired by prior mass shootings,CBS News reports. A gun-control nonprofit is hoping to do something about that with a new browser plugin that removes the names and photos of mass killers from websites.
Google Chrome users can download the Zero Minutes of Fame extension, and instead of seeing the name of a killer, they'll see the phrase "name withheld out of respect for the victims." And photos of the killer will be replaced with photos of their victims.
"We already know that plastering the names and the faces of these killers can be a strong motivator for copycats," a Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence spokesperson says. "This is about denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for."
"We already know that plastering the names and the faces of these killers can be a strong motivator for copycats. This is about denying a killer the notoriety that they literally kill for," Kelly said.
In general, Towers' research found that mass shootings are significantly higher in states with a high prevalence of firearm ownership per capita, suggesting that there are other dynamics at play beyond just media coverage.
The Brady Campaign concedes that notoriety is a "very, very narrow issue" in the larger effort to curb mass shootings, Kelly said.
In the long term, the organization has broad ambitions to cut U.S. gun deaths in half by 2025 with a three-pronged approach: expanding background checks to all gun sales, curbing "bad apple" gun dealers, and educating Americans on the risks of keeping guns in their homes.
"The media has First Amendment rights to report on what it chooses. But what's interesting about this Brady app is it puts it in the hands of the consumer. As a reader, you decide whether you want participate in this chain of information," Towers said.
originally posted by: Klassified
"Ignorance is strength" eh? Self-imposed ignorance on top of big brother imposed ignorance. You'd think we already have enough ignorance to go around, but then someone comes along and creates another way we can bury our head in the sand, under the pretense of denying the psychopaths their notoriety. Those who need to use an add-on like this, never will.
On second thought, can I set it to ignore all the psychopaths masquerading as humans in Washington, DC?
originally posted by: bloodstream7
I just can't see how you guys view this as ignorance? It's not denying our past or wiping those events from our existence - rather focusing on the lasting impacts (victims, damages, etc.) instead of SO AND SO did this, SO AND SO did that, SO AND SO is now eternally infamous in the internet hall of fame.