Readers rapped the Tacoma News-Tribune for running the photo of a shirtless, gun-clutching Benjamin Barnes.
Barnes, who was discharged from the Army in 2009 after a DUI, opened fire during a New Year’s party “show and tell” and fled, reports say. He fatally shot 34-year-old Margaret Anderson and later died of exposure in the wilderness.
One reader is quoted asking, “What is gained by showing this image? Who benefits? Does it serve as a deterrent? Does it promote anything other than guns … certainly not anything positive or community building.”[via Jim Romenesko]