Sunday, October 26, 2014
Old-timers here know my opinion. Which has just been clearly demonstrated, again.
This young man, almost certainly, would never have chosen this method of suicide, if it hadn't been pounded into him repeatedly that this is a great way to die.
I will not belabor it; I already have here. The reason for bringing it up at all is that the present instance is a change; a metastasis of the disease.
This is blindingly obvious to me; and I truthfully am unable to comprehend how it is NOT obvious to everyone.
These events are suicides; every one of them.
A certain type of potential suicide will choose this path- not because it hurts people; but because it makes the shooter an instant world-wide celebrity. Next week, everyone will still be discussing how your potty-training made you a killer, your face will be everywhere; they'll write books about you, and every time a similar suicide happens, they'll run all your stories again, with photographs. Immortality, really. By god, the world will never forget what a shitty deal you got.
We don't publish names and photos of rape victims; and no one suffers because of that horrifying restriction on our "right to know!" The fact is, the papers love these events now- because they make SO much money off them. Someone needs to document the money; imagine the headline then: "Numbers reveal CNN makes $130 Million for every school shooting." They do, you know.
This young man experienced something traumatic last week; probably with his cousins, and it was difficult to live with. In normal times, he might have hanged himself, alone. That would be horrible, and should be prevented if possible.
But it would not even have occurred to him to shoot his cousins also- except that at his age, they've been having "shooter lock-down" events at school since he was in kindergarten. Obviously, this is what's expected.
Never publish the names. Never publish the photos. Never discuss their "reasons" (which baffle the authorities always). If the shooters are "erased"; there will be no shooters.
Can anyone explain why (besides the money) this is not obvious?
Because I literally don't get it.