First things first: Berg’s 18th Law is in full effect. (“Nothing the media writes/says about any emotionally charged event – a mass shooting, a police shooting, anything – should be taken seriously for 48 hours after the original incident. It will largely be rubbish, as media outlets vie to “scoop” each other even on incorrect facts“). CNN has already fallen for one social media hoax on the subject.
After atrocities like the one that they’re still sorting out in Florida – a gun free zone with a cop on scene, no less – there’s usually a wave of people who take to social media to offer “thoughts and prayers” to the victims, their families and the community.
That wave is quickly followed by a wave of people say “Stuff the hopes and prayers! We need to dooooooooo something!”. That “something” is, inevitably, trample on the Constitution – in a way that won’t save one single life.
You want to trash the Constitution in a way that *could* save lives? Impose censorship over the mass media. Because spree killers use a variety of weapons – guns, machetes, gasoline, fertilizer – but they all 1 seek *immortality*. They want to be *famous*.
And who grants fame and immortality in our society? The media and its 24 hour news cycle.
So if you deprive a mentally unstable but violent person of one means to kill, they’ll find another. So why not deprive them of motive – their mass media eternal reward?
Now, the people howling “Stupid Christians! Doooooooooo Something!” would be largely but not entirely horrified at the thought of gagging the media after mass shootings. And no, it likely wouldn’t work complete.y – but it’d have much more effect on spree killings.
So at any rate – all of you howling at people asking for thoughts and prayers and asking people to dooooooo something? You’re less useful in the great scheme of things. Drop it.
1 Except, generally, terrorists. Does that include the San Bernardino and Little Rock murderers, and Omar Mateen? What am I, a psychiatrist?