Suicide Bombers – American StyleApril 21, 2007 at 3:52 am | Posted in Current Events, News, violence | 2 Comments
In the U.S. it isn’t common for a suicide bomber to blow him/herself up in a market, or a government office or some other public place. The American version is to shoot up a post office, restaurant, school, who knows what next. Americans worry about terrorists entering our country to wreak death and destruction. We have our own crazed killers, thank you very much but we’re good, we’ll let the world know if we start running low. Remember Tim McVeigh and the Unibomber? Don’t forget the wars going on in our own streets. If you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time you could easily be caught in the crossfire of warring gangs. This is only a small fraction of the violence that takes place every day in our country.
The gist of this article isn’t about gun control, and I know that even with stricter gun laws criminals will find a way…but wouldn’t it be a good idea to consider at least making it harder for them to get the guns. Perhaps it might cause even a slight reduction in gun related deaths. For crying out loud even little kids are bringing guns to school.
As I’ve written before, I do my best to avoid the news, yet somehow I manage to be informed. It is as if news, especially big, bad, news permeates the very air we breathe. Over the last several days the media, and I’m sure bloggers everywhere, have been going crazy covering the tragedy that happened at Virginia Tech.
I cannot begin to fathom what kind of sick mind would be able to plan and perpetrate such horror, but it seems these minds do have a desire to go out in a blaze of glory. I don’t think the media coverage will give someone else the idea to commit mass murder, however I do think the amount of coverage (which seems to grow with each tragedy) will be very attractive to the already sick mind that is capable of and possibly already contemplating a similar act. The day following the killings at Virginia Tech, schools in an entire county in California were on lock down because a man who claimed to have automatic weapons and improvised explosive devices threatened these schools, saying he would make the killings in Virginia seem mild. As I understand it there were threats throughout the country.
I know that NBC took a lot of heat for choosing to air some of the materials they had received from the killer. I happen to agree that these things should have been turned over to law enforcement and not be made public. But you watched. And they aired it because they knew people would watch. It earned them top ratings. I would hazard a guess that internet searches for more of the pictures and video, sent to NBC by Cho Seung-Hui (the killer), along with actual footage taken as the massacre occurred, were at an all time high.
If nobody is buying, then nobody can be selling. Think about it.