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Morgan Freeman's brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and
watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall
shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household
names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine?
Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their
basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse,
and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children?
Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad
nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank
as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics
somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video
interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and
heard while the shootings were happening. The networks haveplastered
the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news
stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity?
None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations,
sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this
and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and
remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating
to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the
problem. You can help by turning off the news."

~aj
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