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Brooklyn subway’s murderer posted videos about violence and mass shootings

Frank James is a suspect in the mass shooting that took place on Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York. In this shooting, ten people were wounded by gunfire and nineteen others were injured. Police are currently searching for James and have released several photos of him in hopes that someone will come forward with information about his whereabouts. As the search for James continues, it’s important to remember that anyone could be capable of carrying out such a heinous act – even those who seem relatively harmless at first glance. We must remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior we see to authorities immediately. Let’s hope that James is apprehended soon so that he can’t cause any more harm.

What role do social networks play in mass shootings?

Most people agree that social media plays a role in mass shootings, but there is little consensus on how big of a role it actually plays. It is impossible to say definitively whether or not social media causes mass shootings, but it can be used as a tool to radicalize individuals and spread hateful ideologies.

There have been several instances where the perpetrator of a mass shooting has been found to have an extensive history of posting extremist content on social media. In 2018, for example, Alek Minassian killed 10 people in Toronto after posting a message on Facebook announcing his intention to “start shooting everyone” in retaliation for ” years of misery caused by feminism.” More recently, the Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant live-streamed his attack on two mosques onto Facebook, where it was viewed 4,000 times before being taken down. The video then circulated across other platforms such as Twitter and YouTube. Tarrant also posted a manifesto online detailing his far-right beliefs and stating that he was inspired by previous mass shooters like Dylann Roof and Anders Breivik.

It is clear that social media can be used as a platform to radicalize individuals with hate-filled views. In many cases, these individuals become fixated on past mass shootings and see them as justification for their own actions. Social media also allows them to connect with like-minded individuals who reinforce their extremist beliefs. While it is impossible to say whether or not social media directly leads to mass shootings,it undoubtedly plays a dangerous role in spreading hateful ideologies and should be monitored more closely in order to prevent future tragedies from occurring.

How can we stop mass shootings in the USA?

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States, it’s time to have a serious conversation about how to prevent these tragedies from occurring. There is no one silver bullet that will stop all mass shootings, but there are a number of measures that can be taken to make them less likely.

  • universal background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales and at gun shows;
  • a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines;
  • improved mental health screening and treatment;
  • more secure school environments;
  • and greater regulation of firearms dealers.

One of the most important things we can do to prevent mass shootings is to require background checks for all gun purchases, without exception.

Currently, federal law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on buyers. But 40% of guns in America are sold through unlicensed sellers, meaning there is no check whatsoever on the buyer’s history.   

In addition, even if a seller is required by law to conduct a background check, there are significant loopholes that allow people with histories of violence or mental illness to obtain guns anyway. For example, under current law, if a criminal record check comes back inconclusive after three business days, the sale can still go through – even if it later turns out that the buyer should have been prohibited from purchasing a firearm.

These “default proceeds” have allowed tens of thousands of prohibited purchasers to buy guns every year. It’s also worth noting that not all states require Background Check Systems (BCS) searches for private party transfers.

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