Brady Campaign Tool Hides Mass Killers' Names from Websites
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The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced on Wednesday a Google Chrome plug-in available for download that hides the names and images of mass shooters and killers from websites. The initiative, called Zero Minutes of Fame, aims to quash the notoriety that mass killers often receive after their acts, as well as to head off the desire of others to achieve such notoriety.
Research suggests that mass killings and shootings are contagious: A study out of Arizona State University last year found that 30 percent of mass killings studied were inspired by previous mass killings, and 22 percent of school shootings were inspired by previous school shootings.
Recent campaigns have tried to push the media to stop publicizing killers. Caren and Tom Teves, whose son Alex was killed in a Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting in 2012, run No Notoriety, which issues guidelinesfor reporters covering mass killings.
“Name them once. Don’t turn them into anti-heroes. Stop calling them ‘monsters.’ They’re little punks, and you should be calling them cowards,” Tom Teves explained to Newsweek last year.
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University operates a similar campaign, Don’t Name Them.
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