Washington Post Blasted Over Page Printing Names of Mass Shooting Victims

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Posted: Aug 12, 2019 6:30 AM
Washington Post Blasted Over Page Printing Names of Mass Shooting Victims

Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

In a 12-page print section, The Washington Post on Sunday decided to list all the names of the victims killed in mass shootings since 1966, which came to 1,196.

According to a separate WaPo database where mass shootings are tracked, the paper defines mass shootings as an instance where four or more people are killed by one, or in some cases, two shooters. This definition excludes gang violence, robberies, and domestic shootings within private homes.

The Post’s executive editor, Martin Baron, said the “section is dedicated to them and to their families and friends. Our purpose is to ensure that none of us forgets what all of us, as a nation, have lost.”

But many on social media criticized the section for making the problem appear to be much bigger than it is. 

Others thought gang violence that plagues inner cities ought to be given consideration. 

Some also called on the Post to do abortion next: 

Good people with guns also help stop mass shootings, which some users also pointed out: 

Of course, focusing on these angles would not fit the narrative.