The Washington Post publishes photos from mass shootings and draws mixed reaction

Some called the images ‘traumatic.' Others hoped they would shock the public into action. Experts say the effect of such photos — whose publication breaks an unwritten media rule — is unclear


A Washington Post story that broke an unwritten media rule by publishing viscerally bloody images from the scenes of several mass shootings drew sharply diverging reactions Thursday.

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl killed by a high school shooter in Parkland, Florida, five years ago, called the graphic photos “unnecessary” and “traumatic to those of us who have been impacted by gun violence.”

Brett Cross, the uncle and guardian of a 10-year-old boy killed by a gunman who invaded his Uvalde, Texas, elementary school last year, wrote on social media that the images were “disturbing and truly shocking” but that he hoped seeing the true impact of gun violence would stop the public from “turning a blind eye to the reality.”

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