Gun control debate a smokescreen and a scapegoat: Blame Media
Here we go again. A gunman bursts into a school and kills a bunch of kids and teachers. Jubilant hordes of media are on the scene just about as quickly as the cops. Then the show begins again.
Day One, and we have the usual inviolate consensus: "This is no time to talk about policy issues like gun control; this is a time to grieve."
Day Two: "Okay, lets now talk about gun control policy until our ratings begin to slide or until the next school shooting ... whatever comes first."
So, since we are stil in Day Two - it is impossible to turn on a tv channel or check your twitter feed without finding some journalist or another very sternly talking about gun control.
To weigh in on whether or not a gun control policy could prevent a school shooting would detract from the much more important point - a point that the general public has long been aware of, but one that journalists are not really asking their viewers or themselves:
"What role is the media coverage playing in these painful disasters? Are we, the journalists, simply by following orders and doing our jobs the way we are told to do them, not on a fundamental and instrumental level perpetuating these tragedies? By looking our viewers in the face and pronouncing such events 'tragic' and 'unthinkable' and 'brutal' and 'devastating' are we not committing a grand hypocrisy?
"Shouldn't we of the media begin questioning our own journalistic policies as much as those behind the US Gun Control Laws?"