“Police in Sacramento are calling a video that depicts a man firing a gun from a moving car disturbing,” sfgate.com reports. I’d say “helpful.” To wit: “Those in the video were ultimately identified by police as Damon Batson, 28, and Carlos Gonzalez, 25. In the video, a person can be seen firing a gun in public while a second person is in the front seat of a moving vehicle . . .With Gonzalez narrating the entire time, the two men claim they’re on their way to take care of a man who may be with one of their girlfriends.” The SF cops’ reckon social media – like the live video sharing app Periscope – increases the likelihood of people committing firearms-related crime. Here’s another example . . .
“Police Chief Edward Flynn said a video shown in a courtroom last week of young men on a Milwaukee street flashing guns, cash and drugs and threatening to shoot police is evidence of sophisticated criminals making propaganda to recruit new members while spreading intimidation over social media,” jsonline.com reports. So, given this and the widespread dissemination of the Roanoke camera phone footage, is social media making “gun violence” worse?