There are plenty of suggestions thrown around when asked “how do we put an end to mass shootings” but Jordan Peterson has an unconventional recommendation.
On Twitter, PragerU asked people, “What should be done to prevent school shootings?”
The question comes days after three children and three adults were fatally shot at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. It is the 39th incident of gunfire on school grounds this year, so far according to Everytown for Gun Safety.
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Suggestions like adding police officers to schools, homeschooling children, addressing mental illness, and banning guns were all offered.
But Peterson had a different idea.
“Ban media from reporting the names of the perpetrators for one year. Problem solved,” Peterson wrote.
\u201cBan media from reporting the names of the perpetrators for one year. Problem solved.\u201d— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@Dr Jordan B Peterson) 1680177117
Peterson’s solution is related to the idea that media organisations that profile the perpetrator in mass shootings can cause “copycat” shooters.
The American Psychologist Association (APA) released a report in 2016 indicating “media contagion” was “largely responsible” for the increase in deadly mass shootings.
Dr Jennifer B Johnston told APA, “If the mass media and social media enthusiasts make a pact to no longer share, reproduce or retweet the names, faces, detailed histories or long-winded statements of killers, we can see a dramatic reduction in mass shootings in one or two years.”
While reducing the coverage of mass shooters may help reduce the prevalence of other mass shootings, some people criticised Peterson's direct solution.
\u201c@jordanbpeterson Not sure it solves the problem, but it would be a set in the right direction.\u201d— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@Dr Jordan B Peterson) 1680177117
\u201c@jordanbpeterson The right answer is having sane gun regulations. Also holding gun sellers legally and financially responsible when these things happen.\u201d— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@Dr Jordan B Peterson) 1680177117
Other people pointed out that banning the media from reporting on the shooter would be censorship.
\u201c@jordanbpeterson Let's not encourage more government censorship, okay?\u201d— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@Dr Jordan B Peterson) 1680177117
\u201c@jordanbpeterson You know yourself that banning media isn\u2019t the right thing even if it\u2019s done with good intent.\u201d— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@Dr Jordan B Peterson) 1680177117
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