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United by Tragedy by rosequartz United by Tragedy by rosequartz
Columbine High School
Littleton, CO 4/20/99

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 4/16/07

Sandy Hook Elementary
Newtown, CT 12/14/12

Whether you believe in gun control or any of the other debates going on right now in the media, the fact of the matter is that there is no denying that a cycle, a pattern of violence and tragedy exists in our nation.

We need to educate ourselves and communicate with one another. No, we will never fully rid ourselves of violence, but there must be some way, some measure to take in order to attempt to prevent another school massacre.

If not, even more black ribbons will be added, more tears will be shed and heartache will run rampant.
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KoImprobable Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I blame the media for these things happening so often. Every time, the media basically turns the shooter into a celebrity. So, the next schmuck that hates life (his and/or others) and wants to be remembered forever, finds a way to get a taboo gun and goes and tries to get as many deaths at his hands as possible, so that it'll be his name rattling around the nation for years afterward.

What should they do differently? Never use the killer's name. Never show the killer's picture. Never repeat any statement the killer makes before or after the shooting. Don't focus on the body count. Leave it between psychologists and criminologists who wish to figure out why the idiot snapped, instead of endless opinion pieces by vapid journalists.

Remember that dopey, poor attempt to be scary grin on the face of the dimwit that shot Senator Giffords? That was him hamming it up for the camera because he knew that picture was going to be all over the world in a few days. The media gave him everything he wanted to get out of that shooting. They made him a star. They made him a household name. They made him a hero, to himself, and to every other worthless sack of feces that would look at that coverage and think, "Maybe that could be me some day."

It may not eliminate the issue completely, but I'm fairly certain it'd make it less frequent.
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I think your solution might work. The only justifiable reason for everyone to see the perpetrator's face and know the perpetrator's name is if he or she is on the run from the law, which never seems to happen in mass killings. The shooters usually commit suicide or are apprehended immediately afterwards.

You know what the worst part about the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado was for me? He did it on the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Thanks to the news media, everybody will associate July 20th with James Holmes instead of Neil Armstrong.
rosequartz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In some respects, I do agree with you. In our world of technology and fast paced news the media do play a certain role. Are the cause of it though? If someone is already unstable it may be a driving force for that individual but I don't think that's always the case.

There is still a lot we don't know about the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and there may be a lot of things that we will never know. However, if we don't stop the finger pointing and playing the blame game and actually get down to doing something rather than just spouting words...nothing will change.
KoImprobable Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But, would the unstable individual seek to do something horrible like this instead of just dying quietly in a corner somewhere, if they weren't basically getting rewarded for it?
rosequartz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Every situation, every person is different. There really isn't a universal answer.

All I do know is that tragedies like this need to stop. Whatever measures we take, we need to take them; not just talk about them.
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