Mass Killings - Media Attention Is Both Good and Bad

Source:  CNN.


Although dismissed by authorities, a CBS report is suggesting that Adam Lanza, the cowardly and, hopefully is burning in hell now, shooter, may have in part been motivated by another mass killer, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian killer who slaughtered 77 people.

After reading this CNN post, I still think we have a lot more to learn about the Newtown shooting so right now I don't know what to make of the CBS report.  But it got me asking questions about the Norway mass killing and what the future holds. Like if more of these copycats or mass killings are going to be more frequent.

Just today, a man went in a rampage in my Southern California killing and hurting people in Orange County, south of Los Angeles.  So far, police have no motive for why he did it.  Just like other killings, the gunman committed suicide.

I had questions about how a guy managed to go around killing another 69 people after his initial bombing.  So, I did a bit of digging to see if there was anything about how he managed that before the authorities arrived.  And why was he given such a light sentence of only 21 years?

I don't want to get into it here and there is plenty that you can google, bing, or duckduckgo on the Internet.

The frequency of shootings seemed to have picked up lately in the US.  It could be because we are now more conscience about gun issues and news due to the senseless slaughter of twenty children and their caretakers at school.  Perhaps, it's because a girl who sang at President Obama's second inauguration was shot back in his home state and that the sister of a woman who went to listen to the president speak was shot and killed hours later.

Or like this senseless killing of three in OC and last week's killing of bystanders and two police officers by a former Los Angeles Police Department officer.

I have a lot of questions and I don't know the answers about these killings and future ones.  And I am afraid of what they may be.  Surely, gun control is something that Washington has to address.  Also, the state of our society where individuals see fit to act out their rages in such destructive manners.

Unfortunately, I'm not hopeful.  I think the president and his party would like to curtail ownership of some guns.  The GOP are against it but it doesn't appear that they are in any mood to work with the White House.  Or that even the White House sees an opportunity to score some points for 2014.

Meanwhile, gun deaths will continue, maybe even accelerate.

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