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Should The Public See Horrific Video, Photos Of Mass Shootings?


Few Americans outside public officials ever see the most graphic videos or photos from the worst mass shootings. In most states, such evidence is displayed only at trials, and most such killers never make it to court.


The penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz for his 2018 murder of 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is unusual, the Associated Press reports.


As the worst mass shooting to reach trial, the surveillance videos taken during his attack and the crime scene and autopsy photos that show its horrific aftermath are being seen by jurors on shielded video screens and, after each day’s court session, shown to a small group of journalists.


They are not shown in the gallery, where parents and spouses sit, or to the general public watching on TV. Some believe that should change — that to have an informed debate on gun violence, the public should see the carnage mass shooters like Cruz cause, often with high-velocity bullets fired from AR-15 semiautomatic rifles and similar weapons.