December 10, 2007

I am really, really bothered by the way this Omaha shooting is being covered by everyone with a public voice.  Originally, my concern was about the amount of news coverage the shooting was generating – every TV station and every radio station, especially local talk radio was totally obsessed with it.  The entire city has been saturated in the event and people are saying that it is the worst thing that has every happened in the city of Omaha.

I understand the need for the city to work itself through this crisis and event, but the news coverage has turned from a general information to a dissection of the killer, his home life and the timeline from when he went into the store until he shot himself – who he killed, when, and how.

What?  The victims had lives of their own and families?  Ohhhhh, well, they’ll get a 15 second slide show at the end of the 6 o’clock news.

It is as though they want to figure out what was wrong with this guy – as though if they find that one thing that set him off they can relax and find the reason.  If it came out that the guy was a Jihadist, the news would stop in 2 days.  If it came out that the guy had a brain tumor that continually stimulated his Amigdala which caused constant thoughts of aggression, the news would stop in 2 days.

But here’s the truth: The guy was just nuts.  He had a terrible life, used and sold drugs, parents divorced and put him in a foster home where his foster parents did drugs with him.  There’s no reason we can point to and say, “Aha! That’s it right there.  I found the boogyman!”  But Omaha will keep trying.

Dallas has had it’s share of tragedy and I think the town knows how to handle it.  For crying out loud, the President, JFK, was assassinated in front of thousands of people and on national TV in Dallas.  I’ve been a few feet from where he was shot and I’ve been to the room where the assassin shot him.  It’s part of history and I think that people (at least my age) forget that it really happened in a real place.

1963 Dallas (and the government) did the same thing that Omaha is doing right now: looking for a reason.  They found Lee Harvey Oswald and charged him with the murder of a police officer as well as that of President John F. Kennedy.  He had been eating fried chicken in the moments before the assassination so the rifle they found had incontestable fingerprints belonging to Oswald – ‘like he was advertising.’

Why, why, why, why, why?

They found that Oswald had defected to the Soviet Union and then back.  He was probably a Communist.  But then Jack Ruby shot him before he could be tried.  Case closed.

The found their man and more than that, they found his reason.  The country could sleep well that night.

Omaha won’t find the reason because it doesn’t exist.  Instead they’ll keep talking about it and lead the rest of the country in making sure this guy gets his dying wish to go down in infamy.

This past weekend, there were shootings all over the country, 2 in Colorado Springs.  Did this possibly have something to do with the fact that more crazy people saw that murder brings attention?  The guy says, “I want to go out with a bang” and the entire country has made sure that he did.  Good job guys; way to teach people that insanity is successful.

(p.s. If anyone does more than 30 minutes research on the JFK assassination, they’ll probably come to the conclusion that Oswald 1. probably wasn’t the only shooter 2. he might not have been a shooter at all – which just goes to show that people want to put their finger on something and declare it to be the reason.)


2 Responses to “”

  1. People are nuts.  Sensationalizing events like this only allow false information to override the truth.  The Jena 6 case is a good example, and now the little thugs are making music videos of themselves rolling around in the cash that was donated to help their defense.  The criminals become celebrities while the victims are condemned. 
    I swear, the more things like this happen, the more in support for concealed handguns I become. 
    The saying goes, those who live by the sword, die by the sword.  If that’s the case, a concealed handgun will at least let you live a while longer.

  2. I knooooooooooooooooooowwwww!!!  Seriously, people are just freakin’ off the ball entirely. 
    I’m glad that you’re safe though.  There is always an upside, right?

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