Mass Shootings are Contagious

If the mainstream media wants to save lives, they need to adjust their reporting habits and stop obsessing over mass shootings.

It has been known for some time that suicides are “contagious” – after a suicide the risk of other suicides in the surrounding area goes up. Turns out, the same thing is the case with mass shootings. A study from Arizona State University analyzed incidents from 1977 to 2013 and found that mass shootings tend to be clustered in patterns.

They found that after shootings which resulted in at least 4 deaths per incident, the chances of another shooting rose 20-30% for the next 13 days.

Turns out, the mainstream media’s obsession over mass shootings is a great way to bring in revenue. As the saying goes, “if it bleeds, it leads.” Psychologists have written open letters to the major media networks, imploring them to not have such intense coverage of these horrible events. Despite the repeatedly proven nature of these types of events, the media’s coverage of mass shootings has only intensified, resulting in even more mass shootings and more deaths.

If the mainstream media wants to save lives, they need to adjust their reporting habits and stop obsessing over mass shootings. But instead, they stir things up with as much fearmongering as possible.

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