Over the past several weeks, mass shootings have taken place in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and, more recently, in Midland, Texas. The summer’s violence has left Americans yearning for a solution, but Republicans and Democrats have been at odds over what that solution could be.
Although there has been some common calls for Red Flag laws, Republicans and Democrats split when it comes to government intervention in gun ownership.
While the division is palpable, Yang and Cruz may have found one area where Republicans and Democrats can agree.
On Monday, Yang took to Twitter to propose that Americans — especially those in the media — refrain from using the names of mass shooters. The 2020 candidate argued that, while many people are curious about the shooter, the resulting fame could encourage more people to copy the crimes to gain notoriety.
I know it would be difficult to implement and is contrary to human nature – but I think we ought to explore not publicizing the identities or motivations of mass shooters. Would discourage those seeking notoriety or to spread twisted beliefs.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 2, 2019
Yang acknowledged that enforcing such a policy would be “difficult,” but hoped that it would become something Americans agreed to do.
“I know it would be difficult to implement and is contrary to human nature – but I think we ought to explore not publicizing the identities or motivations of mass shooters,” wrote Yang.
On Tuesday morning, Cruz took to Twitter to highlight Yang’s idea, noting that he agrees with the proposal.
I agree. Of course, law enforcement must investigate. But public officials & media (to the extent possible) should NEVER SAY THEIR NAME. These murderers crave notoriety, but they deserve to be forgotten. Instead, we should celebrate the victims, the first responders & the heroes. https://t.co/LjSUBvKJ8D
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 3, 2019
Cruz urged public officials and the media to investigate the shooters thoroughly, but to “never say their name” to avoid the shooters becoming famous and inadvertently encourage more violence.
“These murders crave notoriety, but they deserve to be forgotten,” wrote Cruz. “Instead, we should celebrate the victims, the first responders, [and] the heroes.”
Yang and Cruz are far from the first people to suggest this course of action. The No Notoriety movement was founded by the parents of one of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.