Not so easy to prevent the spread of mass shooters’ names
Law enforcement authorities in West Texas made a point of limiting how and where they released his identity of a man who went on a shooting binge that killed seven and injured nearly two dozen people.
But in this social media era with around-the-clock news cycles, it still managed to be disseminated around the globe.
Proponents of the so-called “No Notoriety” movement contend media has a responsibility to avoid excessive reporting of the shooter’s identity or the tiniest biographical details. They are hoping to prevent motivating the next would-be shooter by giving a gunman too much publicity.