The Newtown shooting has led to a conversation about controlling gun violence in a way the Tucson, Arizona, shooting did not, says a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
The Pew report, released Thursday, says in part:
On both blogs and Twitter, the gun policy discussion accounted for almost 30% of the social media conversation examined by PEJ, exceeding even prayers and expressions of sympathy in the three days following the December 14 massacre that left 26 dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. And, within that discussion, calls for stricter gun control measures exceeded defenses of current gun laws and policies by more than two to one.
This social media response is far different than what occurred following the January 8, 2011 shooting outside a Tucson Arizona mall that killed six and badly wounded Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords. In the first three days after that tragedy, the discussion about our country’s gun laws was barely present – representing just 3% of the social media conversation in all. Instead, bloggers and Twitter uses posted mainly about the heated political discourse in our country and its possible relationship to the shooting.