In the days following the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colo., the media took note of the issue.
A number of outlets picked up the story, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Associated Press.
The Times noted that a national database of the most common mental health diagnoses was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
As of March 6, there were 2,069,957 diagnoses.
The newspaper added that a separate national database for gun violence, which had been available for some time, was “showing a dramatic rise” since 2015.
In the article, however, the Times did not provide a link to the data, nor did it make clear why it was so critical to highlight gun violence.
“It’s not clear that the media is interested in gun violence,” David Biernacki, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told the New Yorker.
“We’re not talking about a small issue.
It’s a bigger issue that’s really been overlooked.”
The article, which cited the SAMHSA report and other media reports, did not specifically note that the data showed a significant increase in gun-related diagnoses over the past year.
According to the SAMS data, there was a sharp increase in the number of gun-based diagnoses from 4.6 percent in 2016 to 7.4 percent in 2017.
But the report did note that while some gun violence had taken place in the past, the vast majority of the data points were from the first five years of the 21st century.
The rise in the firearm-related diagnosis has been largely driven by a surge in suicides and the rise of gun ownership.
“I don’t think the media has ever done this before,” Biernsacki told the Guardian.
“But we’re in the early stages of this.”
He noted that the Times has often reported on gun violence in the wake of mass shootings.
The paper reported that the gun deaths rose by more than 60 percent in the first quarter of this year, a jump that was largely attributed to a surge of suicides.
A similar increase in suicides also took place in 2017, with the number rising by nearly 60 percent from 2016.
As of July, the number for 2017 was 917,091.
“The media is trying to do the same thing that they’ve done in the ’60s,” Biersacki said.
“They’re trying to find a narrative.
This is a story about how the world is turning out, and how this is a great time for gun ownership.””
This is a narrative for a different reason.
This is a story about how the world is turning out, and how this is a great time for gun ownership.”