This was too close to home. Both literally and figuratively.
The murders at UCSB were committed by a deranged man that went to High School next door to mine. His crime was committed in the campus community of a university that is well known to our area. One of the victims was from one of our local high schools.
Most chillingly for me however, the Facebook post of the older brother of my son’s best friends, and a friend of mine: “IV deli got shot up. People taking cover in Blaze. Stay inside and stay away.”
My friend was working at Blaze (a well-known Pizza place on the loop) when he heard the gunshots and saw the terrified bystanders take cover in his place of business.
I’ve had enough.
We’ve dissected Sandy Hook. We’ve examined the effects of the Reagan era mental health funding cuts.
We’ve talked gun control ad nauseum.
Now misogyny is being introduced into the debate of yet another tragic mass murder.
When. Does. It. Stop?
Here’s a humble suggestion: STOP publishing the names, details, videos, manifesto’s, and psychotic rants of these killers.
STOP IT NOW.
My son asked if I watched this clown’s YouTube video. Of course I didn’t. Why in the hell would I want to watch the pathetic lamentations of a killer. Apparently I’m in the minority though.
If the media would self-censor everything but the basic details of the killers (ie. age, location, occupation) perhaps these individuals wouldn’t develop such a sense of final self-aggrandizement.
They KNOW they are going down in a blaze of glory. Their pathetic lives will be celebrated by the TMZ’s of the world. Their meaningless existences will be broadcast and examined by every voyeuristic media outlet.
They will be famous. Their lives will finally have meaning.
Stop it. Just stop.
Let’s celebrate the lives of the victims. The innocent lives snuffed out by this nameless/faceless madman or woman.
Let’s not give these losers any more type, air-time, exposure.
Let’s leave them under the rock.
If we do this, maybe they won’t crawl out into the pale light any longer.
I’m not looking.
I encourage each and every one of you to do the same.