Do We Need to See Photos of Mass Shootings?

From CJR’s The Media Today by Jon Allsop:

IN 2017, Jason Fagone wrote for HuffPost’s “Highline” about Amy Goldberg, a leading trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, which treats more gunshot victims than any facility in Pennsylvania. Fagone wanted to find out what she knew about gun violence—the “visceral sense of what physically happens inside a person when he’s shot,” as Fagone put it—that the average American does not. Goldberg initially told Fagone that any article he might write would be pointless; only graphic images, she said, would convey such a visceral sense to a desensitized public and transform the gun debate. “The country won’t be ready for it, but that’s what needs to happen,” she said. “That’s the only chance at all for this to ever be reversed.”