Jeff Ernst has a mental illness, he acknowledges in an op-ed in today’s Star Tribune, and he writes that we’re all too eager to accept the portrayal of the mentally ill alongside people who’ll kill innocent people.
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If we’re really interested in stopping mass murder, it’s well past time to start talking seriously about whether we take domestic abuse seriously enough.
Find a man who’ll beat up women and children, and you may well find a man capable of killing the defenseless. Read more →
Why news organizations have an ethical duty to name shooters
The coverage of the aftermath of the mass killing in Orlando is following a well-worn path — we’ve gotten pretty good at developing the template in these sorts of things.
We’ve now reached the ‘don’t name the shooter’ debate. Read more →
I’ve been off the grid for a few days and am just back in town, so there’s not a lot of insight I’m able to offer in the wake of the largest mass murder in U.S. history, except that I expect the public discourse over the next few days will follow a well-traveled template. So Read more →
1,000 words: The people in the Navy Yard picture
Who were the people in the Navy Yard shooting photo? Now we know. Read more →