It's as obvious as the screaming headlines. Really.
This is not the normal topic for this blog, but it does illustrate our ability as a culture to just NOT SEE what is right in front of us.
We're just astonishingly good at it.
Why do crazy people start shooting in schools? It's because of the SCREAMING HEADLINES.
These people are crazy, yes? Mostly they intend to die themselves. But they want to do it in a way that everybody notices.
So, we give them just what they want. ALL the media, from the slimiest to the allegedly most straight laced, are currently in an orgy of micro-analysis. WHAT WAS HIS NAME? Did he cut his toenails on Mondays?
It has nothing to do with whether guns are available or not; they'd use home made explosives, or gasoline, if they weren't.
NOWHERE, as far as I can tell, is there discussion about NOT GIVING THEM the immortality they crave.
The whole idea that "the public has a right to know" is just an astonishing piece of nonsense here.
As long as we keep throwing Immortal Demon parties, new crazies will continue to appear.
How about if we just print the news? Once?
"A psychotic killed several people in Virginia today. Everyone is very sad and quite unhappy about it."
Literally. Nothing else. No names, no life details- no justifications, no deifications. And nothing in the paper tomorrow.
Ok, now you know. Moving on.
In fact, we already control the news that gets out- for purposes of public safety. We don't publish the plans for the troops, so the enemy can be there waiting. This is sensible- and obvious.
It's the same same thing, folks. What continues to puzzle me is -why is NO ONE saying this? Not even the theoretically more intelligent journalist types. No one, so far as I know.
It's absolutely doable. Publish the truth "these guys do this because of the media" - then stop it; by law if common sense doesn't work. It's illegal to publish the name of a rape victim. Nobody screams it's an abridgement of our rights.
It will keep happening- until we stop rewarding the behavior. That simple.
There ARE parallels in the environmental world; we'll get to them. Plain human blindness is a problem.