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I'm probably going to get downvoted like crazy for this but just hear me out. I feel pretty strongly about the fact that everyone (especially the media) needs to stop sensationalizing these shootings, it's grotesque. And if we don't stop I beleive it only encourages future sick minded individuals to try and up the ante.
Without a doubt the Xavier B-Ball team/program has nothing but the best intentions. Without question everyone should keep the victims and their families in our prayers. But in my opinion the vast national coverage and recognition of these shootings is sort of like unintentionally feeding the monster(s). Personally I try and avoid sensationalized media coverage although I'm probably a lone wolf in this effort. This isn't because I don't care, quite the contrary, but because as soon as I see the name and photo of the shooter come across the screen I get this discusting feeling in my stomache almost as if the bad guy won, like this is what he had planned all along. Rather than make the shooter an iconic media villain, let him go out nameless and faceless, erase all records of his existence as best we can and let the community focus on helping the families of the departed.
I don't claim have the anwer to how to stop the shootings all together but if a simple lack of sensationalized media coverage stops even just one shooting it's worth the effort in my opinion. Sorry to have gotten "deep" on 11W's, but every time I see a headline like this I feel like we're adding fuel to the fire.
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You have a good point. I have always thought that the name(s) of the shooter(s) should not be advertised in these situations. That may not be the easiest thing to do in a case like this where the parent was a victim though. I just think we shouldn't know who the hell did this and just let them fall off the face of the earth as if they never existed. Don't think I am claiming to have the answers though.
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I'm not going to down vote you, but I disagree. I have not watched a single news report about Sandy Hook. Not one. I've read a few articles, mostly rememberances of the victims, because I feel that if we are to honor their memory, we should know who they were. But I refuse to watch any broadcasts about Sandy Hook because the media has made this a disgusting circus. I agree with you on that. However, you say that everyone, especially the media, needs to stop sensationalizing this tragedy. Who besides the media is sensationalizing this? Xavier for trying to raise money for the Sandy Hook Support Fund? The various communiities throughout the country that have held candlelight vigils? The millions throughout the world who mourn for these children? I don't think that's sensationalizing or feeding into the media frenzy. That's just people trying to cope and contribute in some way. You also say that recognition of this shooting is just playing into the bad guy's hands. Does that mean we should just stop thinking about what happened so we can forget about the shooter? I haven't been able to get this tragedy out of my mind since it happened, but I don't think about that sick f--- or what his motives were. He's as meaningless to me now as he was before he walked into that school
Perhaps I'm putting words into your mouth (or your post as it were), and if so, I apologize. What it sounds like you're saying is that we just need to stop talking about it, move on, and let the families grieve privately. I agree with the last part, but I have a problem with the rest. The media has been downright abhorrent with their coverage. But that doesn't mean Xavier is feeding into the media frenzy. As a team, they are trying to help and I applaud their efforts. I didn't know about the Sandy Hook Support Fund until now and were it not for Xavier, I wouldn't be making a contribution.
Sandy Hook took more of an emotional toll on me personally than 9/11. Perhaps it's because I now have kids of my own. Perhaps it's because I now work in law enforcement and I feel some sense of guilt in being powerless to protect the kids in my own neighborhood, much less those in Sandy Hook on that day. Or perhaps it's just because 9/11 was so long ago that the scars are starting to fade a little. Whatever the case, I will never stop thinking about Sandy Hook. I think it's when we stop thinking about it that the bad guys actually win.
I know this was a long and kind of preachy post. Sorry. It's been a bad week for me personally, as I'm sure it has been for many of you. Expressing these thoughts, however in appropriate they may be for a sports blog, is somewhat therapeutic.
No problem man, I really don't have a problem with what Xavier is doing or what others around the country are doing, i.e. fund raisers, memorials etc. my real problem is with the ruthless media. Why does all of this have to be televised? The media can report, ""So-and-So Township", among many others communities held a memorial service for Sandy Hook today." Instead we get the full scope in depth play-by-pay of all of the pain these folks are feeling which is essentially sensationalizing the tragedy. Like is it not enough for everyone just to imagine it, we have to shove a camera in these poor peoples faces as they digest the fact that their children arent coming home?
The extent of the media coverage I watched, I saw an interview in which an older gentleman was trying to describe what his grandchildren had told him upon his arrival to the scene and he was trying not to cry (but was failing just as I would) and the camera just kept rolling.....GIVE THE GUY A FREAKIN BREAK!!!!! This is what I mean by sensationalizing the tragedy and adding fuel to the fire. Like minded psychopaths could be watching thinking: "I want to inflict this kind of pain."
I think if we were to have this conversation over a beer we'd see eye-to-eye my friend. Hope things get better for you soon.
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