Report: Focus On Gun Control Faster Than After Tucson Shooting

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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.


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3 thoughts on “Report: Focus On Gun Control Faster Than After Tucson Shooting

  1. Richard

    Much faster than after the 2010 Beer Distributor shootings too. Wow. Where were all the outraged liberals in the state legislature then? Nowhere to be found. Imagine if they acted then instead of thinking how many Black constituents they would lose at election time. Yes it’s a bloody mess.

  2. America Is Dying

    How is The War On Drugs Working? Apply that to Gun Control. Brain Washed American Sheep!

    “Adam had a lot of mental problems.” It’s time to address mental illness and Not Gun Control! Just like The War On Drugs is working? Lockup people with mental illness and addiction instead of addressing the root of the problem.

    Thomas Jefferson made the following observations: “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a

  3. America Is Dying

    The father of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza, Peter Lanza, was the tax director for General Electric, a corporation that paid -0- taxes on 14.2 billion dollars in profits last year. According to Fabian4Liberty, Peter Lanza was scheduled to testify in the ongoing global LIBOR scandal. In what could only be described an amazing coincidence, the father of Colorado Batman shooter James Holmes, Robert Holmes, was also a LIBOR witness in his position with FICO. According to the link at FICO, Robert Holmes was a ‘Fraud Scientist’.

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