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Even with a weak predictive model, Katherine S. Newman is able to make policy recommendations to respond to and decrease the likelihood of rampage school shootings. Likewise, she has isolated factors that are "necessary but insufficient causes" of school shootings.

I would argue that violent rhetoric functions the same way in political crimes that "cultural scripts" do in rampage school shootings. Further, Media Matters for America has documented the connection between rhetoric and violent incidents.

We should not be so beholden to corporate-owned media standards of balance as to be blinded to careful analysis of the connection between the cultural production of violent rhetoric and imagery and its enactment.