He opened fire in the middle of a city, our biggest city, in open daylight. The Colorado shooter was ina theatre, at midnight, in a small town.
The primary differences are today's shooter was apparently after a specific target (his former boss), and after killing him, simply went on shooting as suicide-by-cop. The Colorado shooter has a much longer amount of time ina far more enclosed space in whcih to shoot. And despite hitting 8 people, the NY shooter only killed one, with a .45 at that, so apparently he wasn't a very good shot as a .45 is quite deadly a round (thing is huge).
What I find interesting is the coverage of this vs. the coverage of Chicago and DC and the "daily deathtoll" in many of our major cities. It seems to take a huge flashy newsstory shooting to get coverage, not teh run of the mill assembly line of death we have in our major cities and low-income areas.
What will sell the most is what the most people choose to care about, rightly or wrongly.
Most people care about flash, and ignore substance. Care for surface, ignore depth.
Most people, frankly, are stupid ignorant uninformed sheeple.
If you think the race and socio-economic status of the victims does not play a factor, a meaningful factor, in media coverage decisions and viewer caring, you're clearly in the uninformed category.
Ignorance must be bliss.
And I don't think there's much of a difference, in density of people, between a packed movie theatre on opening night and any given NY street.
But it is quite clear the motives and approaches were different - you do have a point there - but if assault rifles were outlawed in the United States, then the Aurora shooter would never have been able to shoot 70 people so quickly.
While I'm not passionate about gun control either way, it is clear that the freedom to legally purchase assault rifles does come at a cost.
But on the other hand, what's to say this guy wouldn't have just made a bomb instead?
But then again, him trying to make a homemade bomb (and not blowing himself up in the process) and having it work as it he intended is probably far more difficult than purchasing an assault rifle.
There will always be psychos, and there will always be ways for those people to commit murder, but perhaps the question is, could we find a middle ground between the right to bear arms (a right written at a time when "arms" where front-loaded muskets and one-shot pistols, not AR-15's with 100 round drum clips) and prudent restrictions?
When a rich kid goes to Harvard, it doesn't make the papers; when a homeless teenager does it, it's news. Go figure. I guess that's why they call it "news", and not "ordinary stuff that happens all the time".
And, yeah, unusual or peculiar stuff draws more interest. But it's not just from us plebians - it happens in science, literature, art, etc., etc., etc. It's not even just us dumb humans - it happens in the animal kingdom too.
You should know by now old friend, I post what I think or think is important, not to impress my fellow JI'ers.
I see a problem with both how we, as a people, view violent crime and how we react to it, as well as how the for-profit media sells us certain crime as entertainment.
If, as an officer of the Law, you can say with surety that you think we, as a people, react 100% appropriately to all crimes, and that our media covers exactly what it should, how it should, so be it. As always Greeny, I'm happy to agree to disagree.
I, for one, find 19 shootings in Chicago, a regular occurence in our big cities, in one night vastly more newsworthy than one guy killing his boss in an obvious revenge killing, then playing the age old sucicde-by-cop routine.
That's some fine shootin'.Authorities confirm all 9 injured in NYC shooting were hit by police
Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 12:56 PM Updated: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 12:58 PM
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Authorities are confirming that all nine bystanders caught in the crossfire of a shooting outside the Empire State Building were wounded by two veteran patrolmen who had never fired their weapons on duty.
Officer Craig Matthews fired seven times and Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times at Jeffrey Johnson on bustling midtown block Friday morning after Johnson, who’d shot a former co-worker to death, brazenly pointed his pistol at the officers.
Police had said that nine others were wounded likely by stray or ricocheting police bullets, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirmed that Saturday. He says that based on ballistic tests and other evidence, "it appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by police."
Problem is, we need plain old citizens, with varying degrees of training, out there shooting at the guy in addition to the trained cops - more guns is better. More guns = less people shot. Amirite?