The Washington Post Publishes “Disturbing” Images and Video From Aftermath of Mass Shootings

The Washington Post on Thursday published “Terror on Repeat,” a photo and video story of crime scenes after mass shootings as a part of a series on the AR-15 assault rifle’s role in America. Along with the graphic story that takes readers through the aftermath of 11 recent mass killings over a little more than a decade, The Post’s executive editor Sally Buzbee published a letter detailing The Post’s decision to publish what they admit will be disturbing photos and videos for readers to see. “most Americans have no way to understand the full scope of an AR-15’s destructive power or the extent of the trauma inflicted on victims, survivors and first responders when a shooter uses this weapon on people,” wrote Buzbee while referring to the general lack of access to crime scene visuals like this. The story includes photos from the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas including photos of sealed body bags in the hallway of the school and photos of the inside of the classrooms not long after bodies were taken from the scene. “We realize this story will be disturbing to readers, but we believe that publishing these images gives the public a new vantage point into the pattern of AR-15 mass killings in the United States,” Buzbee wrote.

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