Are you sick of these mass murders? Everyday there’s a new
Aurora, CO or Newtown, CT. It’s disgusting. We’re the world’s largest super
power and yet we go around like savages,
killing and murdering our peers and children. What’s the answer? Is it gun control?
I don’t think so. It’s easy enough to blame the tool, but what’s next? If
someone stabs 30 kids and kills them, will we look towards banning knives next?
What about violent video games and movies. Are they the problem? Doubtful. Call
of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold 16 million copies in its first week. Wouldn’t we have
seen mass riots and all out anarchy? No, it’s not the video game or movie
industries that are causing this. But what about the thing we all get this
information from? What about the box in our homes that glorifies these killers
For a lost kid or adult that feels like no one pays
attention to him or her in life, the most amazing thing in the world is to be
recognized. To have people know their name and remember their face. Do violent
video games put pictures of these mass killers in them? No, not really. Do
movies make these people out to be the hero standing atop bodies, holding an
assault rifle with the beautiful girl in their arms? No, they don’t. So why
does the news do it? Why do Fox News, CNN and MSNBC feel the need to plaster
the killer’s face all over the screen. Why do they feel the need to talk to the
neighbors and interview the families of these savages? Why do these
organizations create narratives of these people’s lives that on some level, in
some aspect, we can all relate to? Let me try and explain.
Everyone was the dorky kid at one point. Everyone felt
outcast. So while you look at the Newtown CT shooter and say “No, not me, I’m
nothing like him.”, most of us will come to the realization that we, in some
way, can relate. We’ve all been irate when a driver cuts us off. We’ve all
wanted to slam our fists into the face of the jock that stole our girlfriend.
We’ve all wanted to stand up and tell our abusive parents what we think of
them. The only difference is that we’re too scared. And please understand, I’m
not saying these savages are better than us. Far from it. But they’re not
scared of the consequences like we are. They don’t fear jail time. They don’t
fear death. They don’t fear their families being embarrassed. What they really
fear is being no one. Being just another face in the crowd.
So by committing these vile acts, they see it as a way out
of that crowd. They see it as a podium to stand at. They’re saying “FINALLY, I
will be heard.” The most important thing to them isn’t to have a nice family at
home or create a beautiful piece of art that will live forever, but rather,
only to be known for SOMETHING. They don’t have the drive or work ethic to
complete something else in life. They want to be a star right here, right now.
And the media helps them along down that path. The 24 hour news cycle plasters
their face right up there with Derek Jeter and President Barrack Obama. What
would a person do to gain the fame for the President of the most powerful
nation on Earth to give a speech about you? For the already mentally ill or
people from an abusive, violent home, the answer is simple: anything.
If you’ve made it this far, then I applaud you. It probably
took you a few minutes and a lot of patience with my redundant, gonzo writing
style, but you’ve made it to the end. I’m not asking for a ban on what the
media can and can’t say. This is America, not some third world country ruled by
a dictator. I want the free press to be just that: free. But I also want to
send a message to these people that you’re creating these animals every time
you show a picture of them. Every time you mention their names or what school
they went to or what they did in their spare time, you’re building the story
for the next shooter to relate to. There was always talk about the Columbine
shooters, about how they were bullied and picked on. How they didn’t fit in
with their classmates. We sat around shocked, shouting “How could this happen
to kids in America?” Easy, I say. You’re talking about 90% of the student body.
How about this, 24 hour news cycle, mass media, whatever
you’d like to call yourselves: how about we don’t show their pictures anymore.
Why don’t we try to refer to them as a “male shooter, 24 years old” instead of
by their names, addresses, likes and dislikes. Why don’t we treat these people
like their biggest fear: just nameless, faceless losers. Consider it, and maybe
we won’t have another one of these. Maybe you won’t inspire the next shooter.
I’m sure it will affect your agenda, as
these monsters give you something to cover for a week straight until we move on
to the next tragedy, but for the time being, while our kids are dying in places
we thought were safe, how about you try a new strategy? How about you act like
people and not vultures?
Give it a shot. Thank
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