Tragedy at Virginia Tech
While he says the information could be made available to people with a specific interest—such as the victims' parents—Dr. Welner says public discussion can be carried on without these images.
"If people have access to it and are flooded with it and are desensitized, people will be inspired by this," he says. "Because what it represents is immortality, strength, toughness to a person who has none, and it gives a person on the fringe someone to identify with and someone who has power and empowered himself against society."