Originally Posted by Warfish
So we have the shooting tragedy. 12 (or is it 13 now) dead, many more wounded. Debate all over on our rights and laws.
And almost on the same day, we have a tragedy down in Texas where 23 people, all illegal immigrants, were crammed into a small truck that went off the road, killing 13 of them, and wounding badly almost all the rest.
And I've seen no talk, or debate, or ever a glacing mention of the second event, despite the same amount of dead.
I find that very interesting and enlightening as to how tragedy is played up in our media, and for polticial gain.
In looking at causes for these events, I think that the media needs to be examined closely for it's role in helping to create an environement of hype that potential killers see as their road to fame and eternal glory, and may in part help lead them to "going out as big as possible".
Guns have been around forever. 24/7 Endless Media Coverage of a mass killing, only in the last couple of decades. And Mass killing such as the one in CO are a relatively new phenomena.
You'll note also that no one of note is questioning the role of the over-the-top violence in our entertainment media, or in the coverage by our news media. Yet both clearly play a role in helping form these ideas in the minds of the potential mass-killer.
One is forced to wonder, if the right were demanding a ban on violence in movies (like Batman) and in News coverage, how would the left respond to those demands, while they demand all guns be removed?
And why, do you think, there is no talk of any kind about the 13 dead illegals on our highways, and the wounded we taxpayers are now paying to heal, from the crashed truck? Same numebr fo dead, no talk of any kind.
All very interesting IMO.
I think it's a version of "Missing White Girl" syndrome.
The Denver shooting was of people doing something any of the viewers could have imagined themselves doing. Going to a popular movie. There's a visceral reaction to that, an "it could have been any of us" (similar to the "she looks like my kid" or "she could be my kid" that glues viewers to the screen in abduction cases).
Very few people have the "wow, that could have been me" reaction to a story of a truck full of illegal aliens crashing. Thus, while it's certainly a sad story and people may feel bad for the dead, it's not going to generate the same interest - and therefore won't generate the same airplay.