Larry asked this afternoon what I thought about the shooting of two journalists this morning. I don’t know. My immediate reaction, of course, was why did this guy have access to guns. But that’s a conversation this country remains unwilling to have.
Then I thought – the “media” is giving this incident extra coverage because the victims are two of their own. I don’t know how that will play out. It’s the way natural and other disasters that happen in the big media hubs get the most coverage.
These thoughts went through my head before I found out that there might have be a racial component – and I still don’t know what to say about that aspect of things.
The part of this that I think will reverberate is the live-ness of it. No one filmed the Sandy Hook shootings – thank goodness. The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so forth came from cell phones, but the involuntary audience was limited to the people in the immediate vicinity.
This one was live on the air because of the nature of the victims’ work – and the shooter’s former position. Plus, he used social media to promote his activity. That part should scare all of us. One commentator compared the shooter to ISIS maniacs (my terminology) who post their beheadings.
So here’s what I think: If only their actions ended the same way – with the death of the perpetrator.