The AR-15 is not the only “assault rifle” used in mass killings so it’s disingenuous to use that as a data point… What we should really look at is the the importation bans of assault rifles by Bush I and then the assault weapon ban of 1994. When the ban expired in 2004, importation skyrocketed as well as the US manufacturing of these class of rifles…
This is my take, it mainly started with the killings at Columbine high school which happened to be at the same time the Internet was becoming popular. Overnight fan websites of the killers begin to pop up all over the Internet - copycat killers. In nearly almost all of the school shootings after in their manifesto you will see two names mentioned as inspiration. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold the killers at Columbine.
These two idiots had their pictures plastered on the cover of time magazine. And then there is the 24 hour news cycle to make this sound like the wild wild West they gets these Incel type people even more excited about becoming the next poster boy of a mass shooting. If you look it’s almost always the same type of people loners, kept quiet to himself, no one saw it coming etc… Think dungeons and dragon nerds with guns.
This is what I think is at the heart of it this short video does the best illustrating what I think has been happening. Even Marilyn Manson who was being attacked then because of his music during Columbine was smart enough to say the media gave them exactly what they craved and didn’t have “attention”.
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