We are having the wrong debate over yet another bloody mass shooting in America

Today, as I try to tune out all the noise surrounding yesterday’s arraignment, I am reminded of a post by Robert Vella last Friday that I had saved with the intention of re-blogging it. As always, Robert’s words are thoughtful and non-partisan … he likes facts! I hope you’ll take the time to read his words and ponder them … we need to find a way to reduce the gun violence, hence the number of guns, in this nation and we aren’t making much progress with our current attempts.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella – March 31st 2023

This week, six more innocent victims (including three children) were slaughtered by a gunman (this time a woman who reportedly became a transgender man) armed with three deadly weapons (including a military style assault rifle) at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee.  The assailant, a 28 year-old who was a former student at the school, was killed on the scene by police.  Her motive is still being investigated, but this opinion post concerns the misguided media debate over yet another bloody mass shooting in America.

See:  Who is the Nashville school shooter who killed six at private Christian school?

So far in 2023, there have been 133 mass shootings (depending on the criteria used) in the United States (see:  List of mass shootings in the United States in 2023) resulting in 141 deaths and 365 wounded.  That’s an average of…

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13 thoughts on “We are having the wrong debate over yet another bloody mass shooting in America

  1. Good article, and well worth reblogging, Jill.
    Yes, many people in other countries (including me in England) beleive that some sort of mass hysteria/insanity prevails in America. Why else would supposedly sane and intelligent people support the ownership of assault rifles over the killing of innocent children? If there is a better explanation, I have yet to hear it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I think the people of this country have lost their collective marbles. When even parents are willing to sacrifice their own children for the ‘freedom’ to own unlimited guns, then there is something wrong!

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  2. Mr. Vella asks a question I have wondered about for years, Does the American media put up with mass shootings, especially mass school shootings, because they get the chance to blitz-cover the event and make more money 9ff such news than they do from a story about cats?
    All broadcast channels, and every newspaper in the area — if not the country — has their reporters, camera men, photographers, and interviewers at the scene of a mass school shooting. Add in the law enforcement people and politicians, and the population of the area of the shooting more than quadruples for a few days. The stories can be played for days with all the angles there are to be covered.
    I tend to think they want mass shootings in order to try to own the story., until in a sense they become the story rather than report the story.
    And why? Many Americans seem to feast on blood and gore, particularly when the bodies of children are involved.
    In my mind, IF the media put as much energy, time and money into stopping and preventing gun violence as they fo into reporting it, the problem would not take as long to be solved as is being wasted right now.
    But they will make no money on solving the epidemic of gun viokence, so they have no reason to try!

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    • An old adage in the journalism business is that “if it bleeds, it leads.” Which is more of a statement about the people than the media, for it says that the people are much more interested in blood and gore than in peaceful stories, such as ‘good people doing good things.’ Already this year, over 11,000 people have lost their lives to gun violence, and it’s only the first week in April! But, will anything be done? NO. When people place their ‘freedom’ to own a gun above the lives of their children, that speaks volumes. F*** America and Americans … I want to live somewhere where people care more about each other than about guns.


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