On the day of the shooting I was having a pretty normal day until I looked at my Facebook Feed. A friend I’d met while out drinking in America posted about how he was deeply saddened by a school shooting. I ask a few other people I know from America and I start to get reports that there was a shooting in Connecticut but no real details. I guess everyone was still reeling from what had happened, so I got on the internet and began to search it up. I expected maybe a high-school, technical college or university but not an Elementary School. It’d quickly turn into a dark day for myself and the rest of the world.
It turns out that this one mentally ill guy had decided to take his own mother out and killed a whole bunch of teachers and kids along with her. I find myself asking, how the fuck could you do something like that? I myself hate a lot about people and the world but I could never bring myself to hate children in 99% of cases so it bewilders me how you can be mean to a child let alone shooting one. I just don’t get it. I hear about shootings all the time but it rarely affects me in the way this has. I’m generally angry now, could mental health professionals have helped this guy? Did his mother’s pride or fear stop her from having him evaluated. Generally these behaviors don’t just manifest, there are warning signs. So many questions and so few answers. All I can really say is that this never should have happened. Anywhere. Ever.
I do not personally think that the right to own a weapon or defend yourself should be effected drastically by this tragedy. I think it is time for tighter controls on whom is allowed to own a gun, like a psych evaluation before someone is licensed and over stops and measured to ensure that possessing a gun is made harder to achieve. I know that these people would get a gun somewhere else but I think we should make it harder for those nut-jobs to get a gun legitimately so that no guilt can be place on the government or gun-shops for these tragedies when they do occur. If someone decides to get a gun illegally the fault doesn’t only fall on the murderer but the individual who sold him the weapon as well. I realize that making my views on gun control known at this point in time but I do feel that this tragedy should be something we can at least learn from, even if the lesson is a terrible one and the price so high.
Later on in disbelief I watch Obama’s speech about it and I think I share in the disbelief of the American people on this sad occasion.They were just kids… I really can’t believe someone would actually do this. I’ve heard a lot of words in the wake of this disaster, words of anger, words of despair and words of sorrow and of condolence but of all of them this one makes the most sense to me. This is in response to the question ‘Why did this happen?’ Something we’ve all been wondering.
“It’s because of the way the media reports it, Freeman says. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody. CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next. You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”
This might not cover the reasons for the shootings but whoever this is has a point about how this should be dealt with in terms of reporting it to the public, maybe names shouldn’t be released until after the investigation. The way the Media deals with these situations is just plain wrong, they just want money. I understand that news is a business but its strange to see how their unethical practices don’t just affect celebrities but also victims of terrible shootings. Young victims nonetheless. They sell their stories as informative but really it’s more like gossip for profit, they talk about what is on everyone’s minds, they deliver semi accurate answers to the big questions in society. Then again, why am I surprised? The media have been sickening me since before I can remember.
Later on I was surfing the Internets, as you do, and I came upon a thread that informs me the Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket the Connecticut victim’s funerals. That instantly pissed me off, how can anyone do this? I know the Westboro Baptists were a bunch of assholes but I didn’t think they’d touch this with a ten foot pole. I learned a lot about them, apparently the higher levels in the church are lawyers and they pay for their little ‘protests’ when people react and punch them in the face, which we’re in no doubt that they deserve, they file suits and sue this funds their outings. People wanted to beat them, shoot them, have the police remove them among many other colorful things involving ‘crucifying the bastards.’ I cannot blame these people for their anger, it is justified. Ignoring them would only work half of the time but whatever you do they’ll get attention because of……….The Media, you guessed it!
I began to wonder if a local emergency law could be passed banning protests. Even better if Obama could give a speech at the funeral service, I’m sure you aren’t able to protest within the vicinity of the President or Secret Service. Either way something has to be done. Then we had people defending the right to free speech under the first amendment, not because they supported the church but because they were afraid of their right to free speech would be taken away. I had someone arguing that if WBC were escorted out of the vicinity of the media and the grieving families then what would stop this happening to anyone else. I fail to see how a one time event would impact your civil liberties you concerned ass. In case you forgot a lot of people, kids and adults died and are being laid to rest, I think you can make a little concession for a few damn hours to let these people have closure and peace. It doesn’t take a psychologist to tell you that WBC members protesting at their funerals will have a general negative impacts.
When does Free Speech become a Hate speech?
It doesn’t take a genius to see that the Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group and should be treated as such. They target anyone to get publicity. I’d go as far as to call them opportunist vermin. How can we possibly protect such profanity and bullshit under free speech. It shouldn’t happen but I’m bracing myself for the possibility it will. I hope not, for the parents, for the children, for the relatives and for everyone. They’re not the smartest at WBC but they should be smarter than to fuck with grieving men and woman who have just lost children. I don’t condone violence against these fucking idiots but what they get is what they deserve. They’re disgusting and its an outrage that they should be able to protest a funeral at all.
On a positive note Anonymous have posted details of the WBC online, so they’ll be getting a call from anonymous at some point soon. I do not condone illegal activities but I cannot help but empathize with their cause.
My misanthropy has hit a high listening to people dither around when there is a clear answer to what must be done here, the solutions and safeguards are available but nobody is implementing. Suddenly we are worried about the rights of a hate group over the rights of the grieving families dealing with the aftermath of a massacre. It’s really disgusting to me. Other than that it is just sad, a terrible thing that never should have happened. One thing that did shine through was the actions of that teacher who hid her class and sacrificed herself in order to save the children. It convinces me that despite the nut-jobs, assholes and detritus there are some good people in the world. I honestly wish I had never read that first Facebook post of the day.