Everyone has a pet explanation for the mass shootings that keep happening. Some say video games, progressives say gun control. I think it’s all much simpler than that. We need to stop turning killers into celebrities…
So there was another mass shooting this week.
Why does this keep happening? There are plenty of reasons, and few of them are easy to fix, but there is one bit that we can do something about.
I think a lot of these people do these things because they know they are going to get exactly what they want.
They want to make their mark. After lives of of frustration and petty disappointments, they want to do something big, that will get them remembered.
We do that for them. I’m not someone who follows these things too closely, but too many of these criminals occupy space in my head.
I still remember the names of those kids who shot up Columbine high school 15 years ago. Hollywood made two movies about them.
I remember the face of the thug that shot up that Batman movie premeire.
I can’t get the face of the loser who shot Gabrielle Giffords out of my head.
That’s my fault, for reading these stories, and following this news. But it’s also the Media’s fault for giving these murderers exactly what they want.
These stories are interesting, but we’re not learning anything new when we click on them. We don’t need to hear another sad story of how nobody would have suspected them, or how the warning signs were missed. We don’t need to hear tearful testimonies from the parents of these monsters.
Some people should be looking into these stories. Local law enforcement, and mental health professionals come to mind. But if we’re not in one of these professions, our consumption of these stories validates these actions. We’re giving these murderers exactly what they want, and by doing that we are inspiring more shootings. Every minute we spend reading about them is a tribute to these monsters and their crimes.
We shouldn’t turn our faces away from tragedy. We should honor and recognize the victims. What we need to stop doing is honoring the killers. One way to do that would be to report on these crimes the way that I have talked about them today. As committed by faceless, nameless thugs.
By going over the lives of these people in loving detail, we advertise their choices. So let’s stop doing it. Let’s make it harder to hear about murderers. Let’s stop giving them exactly what they want. It may not stop a single killing, but it would be the right thing to do anyway.
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