FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - JULY 27: YouTube comments associated with Nikolas Cruz are shown in court during the penalty phase of the trial of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz on July 27, 2022 at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cruz previously plead guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 shootings in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Mike Stocker-Pool/Getty Images)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Few Americans outside law enforcement ever see the most graphic videos or photos from the nation’s worst mass shootings. In most states, such evidence is only displayed at trial and most such killers die during their attacks. They never make it to court. That makes the penalty phase in the trial over the 2018 murders of 17 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unusual. Images of the horrific aftermath are being shown in court, but only to jurors, and to a small group of journalists. Some people believe the public should see such images also, so they can understand the carnage AR-15s and similar guns cause. Others say that would cause emotional harm to the victims’ families and perhaps stoke future mass shootings.