15 December 2012

I'm sorry

Yesterday's tragedy has saddened so many and angered even more.  My thoughts and prayers are to those children who were injured and those that survived, and their families. I'm so sorry they've had to experience these horrific events first hand, and I hope no one else ever has to.

And it brings up gun control discussions...again. To me, it feels like just one more thing to argue about, and the arguments feel wrong.

Maybe there is a middle ground we can come to for those for and for those against gun control.  Maybe not.

The best I've seen so far is said to come from Morgan Freeman:

Morgan Freeman's statement about these random shootings....
"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."

Well said, Mr. Freeman. Well said.

1 comment:

  1. Very well written Becca and i agree, Thanks, My heart goes out to all of those affected by this tradegy also.BV


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