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Newtown Shooting Sparked a Gun Control Debate Online When Other Shootings Did Not

BY Sam Roudman | Friday, December 21 2012

The Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism says in a report released Thursday that gun control legislation is being discussed on social media in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings with far greater frequency than it was in the wake of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, or the shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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With "Insane" Remarks, NRA Momentarily Seizes Online Attention

BY Nick Judd | Friday, December 21 2012

Screengrab from an NRA press conference streamed live on nra.org.

In a circuitous speech interrupted twice by protesters as it was broadcast live online, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre suggested on Friday that the federal government maintain a national database of people who are mentally ill, place armed officers in every school in the United States, and regulate the depiction of violence in the video game industry. Read More

Online, Shaping a Narrow Debate After Newtown Shooting

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 18 2012

When President Barack Obama spoke Sunday at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn, he promised to take action to fix what's broken in an American society that could not protect 20 young children and seven adults from death at the hands of a single disturbed person, and could not protect that killer from himself.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society."

But he was really just setting the table for a narrower conversation about gun control.

Most people, or anyway, most people on Twitter, seem to have got that point.

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After Shooting in Newtown, An Immediate Outcry Online: "Today is the Day"

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, December 14 2012

Photo: Flickr/Architect of the US Capitol

As people all over the United States struggle to understand the aftermath of a horrific shooting Friday that left 27 dead, including 20 children, calls emerged online for more gun control and new attention to mental health programs.
A lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday morning and opened fire, becoming responsible for the death of 27 people, 20 of them children, according to reports. The gunman is also dead, officials say. Read More