Seven days after a horrific shooting claimed the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the front pages of some of the nation’s largest newspapers are still featuring stories about gun control as well as also also school safety.
Victims’ family members as well as also also survivors in Parkland, Florida, are still being interviewed, nearly by the hour, on television.
although last October, another shooting took place at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. The massacre left 58 dead as well as also also at least 500 injured. Despite the shooting’s high profile location as well as also also a death count which far surpassed the number of people who died in Florida, the Parkland school shooting appears to be attracting much more attention.
Coverage diminished inside the days after Vegas. The same major newspapers covered the aftermath, although they mostly focused on the shooter as well as also also how he carried out the attack.
Google searches for “gun control” seven days after the Las Vegas shooting had dropped dramatically, to nearly the same levels as the day before the October 1 shooting.
On Thursday, seven days after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Google searches for “gun control” are down slightly although have remained far higher than inside the days before the February 14 incident.
which’s not clear why last Wednesday’s shooting has stayed on the national conscience as well as also also inside the media. Whereas the survivors of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were too young to mobilize, Parkland’s survivors as well as also also their supporters are old enough to organize, tweet, stage walkouts as well as also also protest — which they did in droves — prompting even more media coverage. They took to Twitter as well as also also to the airwaves to demand action via lawmakers. They, along with various other families affected by gun violence, scored a listening session at the White House with President Trump on Wednesday to voice their concerns about gun laws which was widely covered on TV.
Later which day, CNN held a town hall which kept the topic trending all night on Twitter.
These media moments did not materialize inside the wake of the Last Vegas shooting. The victims as well as also also survivors were not part of the same tight knit community like those in Parkland. Concertgoers at Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest music festival may have shared a love for country music, although many came via far flung places for the event.
inside the seven days after the Las Vegas shooting, there were 724 mentions of “gun control” on CNN, Fox News as well as also also MSNBC, as well as also also just over 110 mentions on ABC, CBS as well as also also NBC broadcasts nationally, according to the media monitoring program TVEyes.
inside the seven days after the Parkland shooting, there were 1,024 mentions of “gun control” on CNN, Fox News as well as also also MSNBC, as well as also also more than 0 mentions on ABC, CBS as well as also also NBC broadcasts nationally.
To be sure, these incidents don’t happen in a news vacuum. The Las Vegas shooting took place when the country was still reeling via the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which left more than 3 million Americans in Puerto Rico without power weeks after which made landfall on September 20.
Only time will tell how long Parkland as well as also also gun control will stay inside the national as well as also also media conversation which time. although as the Parkland students have made clear, they don’t plan on going away anytime soon.
CNNMoney (brand-new York) First published February 22, 2018: 6:00 PM ET