Thursday 13 December 2018

What the US papers are saying about the most recent mass shooting

This is how prominent US papers are covering the shooting in Florida, two days after the attack.

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By Maariyah Pathan, Press Association

Following the Florida attack US papers turned their attention to gun legislation and the killer warning signs that went ignored.

Here is a look at Friday’s front pages.

The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe ran a poster front page addressing the familiar themes and responses to recent mass shootings.

The headline read: “We know what will happen next, Parkland. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. NewTown. On and on: In America, mass shootings have become so familiar that they seem to follow the same sad script.”

In the piece, Boston Globe columnist Nestor Ramos highlighted overlapping factors in gun massacres in the past few years, including those at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Parkland high school and Las Vegas.

The New York Post

The newspaper’s front cover used the headline: “Mr. President, please act” followed by “we need sensible gun control to help stop the slaughter”.

The front page stirred conversation on social media as soon as it was tweeted on Thursday night. The New York Times’s White House correspondent Maggie Haberman tweeted “The president’s favourite paper” along with the image.

The Miami Herald

The Miami Herald, an East Coast paper from the state of Florida, led with: “The 17 Lives Lost at Douglas High.”

The headline is accompanied with pictures of the 17 victims, their names and ages.

Florida Today

Florida Today front page/ Florida today

Florida Today ran with the headline: “Details on ‘troubled’ suspect emerge” followed by “alleged shooter left scene by blending with fleeing students”.

The front page carries a picture of mourners leaving cross-shaped tributes and flowers on a fence outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A similar story is featured on The New York Times front page, which reports that Nikolas Cruz “displayed flashes of rage and other warning signs”.

New York Times

The The Washington Post reports that the FBI had been given a tip-off about a message on YouTube posted under the alleged killer’s name before the attack on Wednesday.

The Washington Post front page/ The Washington Post

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