It's Not About The Guns

James Swift over at Thought Catalogue has some solicitous words for the media, regarding what he believes to be the real reason for the increase in mass shootings in recent years:

The importance that the media bestows upon mass killers, even posthumously, is why these mass shootings take place. An entire culture of death has arisen from the media complex’s morbid, sensationalistic celebration of mass murder, and mass killers such as Adam Lanza (the Ron Paul-worshiping, Bill Cosby-loving, committed vegan and probable pedophile he was) have begun literally gunning for “top score” when it comes to body count. The more people you kill, the media tells us, the more we’ll talk about you, the killer.

You don’t often hear about the victims of mass shootings in the media, nor do you hear about the true heroes that thwarted the killers from murdering even greater numbers than they already did. The media heaps all of its coverage on the life-taker and pays just superficial acknowledgement to the lives lost in such tragedies.

If we as a culture TRULY wanted to curb the number of mass shooting incidents that take place in America, we wouldn’t be pressing Congress for gun-law changes or mental-health funding alterations or video-game bans. Instead, we’d be pressing Congress to prevent the media from reading the names or showing the faces of the murderers who commit such heinous acts of violence on air or in print.

Swift's conclusion makes a lot of sense to me. While I tend to think that our culture's sliding moral scale has had the largest impact on why people are finding themselves with the urge to kill, I have to agree that the media coverage could be the primary reason that these deranged people are turning to mass murder as the outlet for their rage.

There have been 74 shootings in this country since the December 2012 tragedy in Newtown, CT. A story from Washington Post includes the the map shown above.