Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Someone has to say it

I just got up, turned on the news and saw "Massacre in Virginia" emblazoned across the bottom of a screen that showed cops giving a live press conference. My heart stopped momentarily: a copycat? No, but the media is doing a damn good job of instigating one with its' rehashing and re-rehashing Monday's tragedy.

Yes, there's more information coming out all the time about the killer -- none of it looking too good on the powers that are supposed to protect us from this kind of shit, I might add -- but to characterize it as a developing story at this point is a lot like shutting the barn door after the horse boogies away. The killer's mental health history is hardly breaking news -- he was a sick puppy, well DUH. Not that these issues shouldn't be investigated and raise discussion, particularly around gun control, but the story's urgency ended when the kids held their convocation yesterday and tried to get on with the business of healing. The day of the tragedy the student council president said the students weren't dwelling on the past, they were looking forward: we should follow their lead.

Besides, not to diminish Monday's horror, but imagine it happening 2 or 3 times a day, every day -- welcome to Iraq. Today's toll: 157 183+. Reality check, news networks.