There is a belief among some people (primarily religious folk) that there are evil spirits or demons, and their purpose is to influence the minds of men towards evil. There is the iconic image of a person with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, each whispering into his ears in an attempt to sway his mind. I don’t think many really believe in such things nowadays, and mankind really is fully capable of evil without needing to be goaded on.
However, there is a modern version of “evil spirit” that whispers and inspires disturbing thoughts. That would be the news media. The coverage of the Sand Hook School shooting has been appropriate. However, the news media being a business, know a hot story and they exploit it. We are all interested in what happened and want to be informed.
However, for the crazies of the world, they also watch the new media’s coverage with fascination. Unlike most people who were appalled and dismayed by this awful massacre, crazies view the event with…admiration. With the news dwelling on this massacre we are unwittingly inspiring the next crazy shooter. What normal people view as evil, the crazies view as power. Why else are we suddenly experiencing multiple shootings?
The news media is putting ideas in the minds of lunatics almost as if the media were whispering evil spirits. Sane people don’t understand this. But imagine the Sandy Hook School news coverage from the viewpoint of a crazy who feels abused by the world, feels powerless. By endlessly dwelling on these shooter/massacre stories we are setting up the next such event. Now the MO is a bulletproof vest along with Glocks or assault rifles.
Should we restrict news coverage of shooter massacres? We’d be better off if we did but that won’t ever happen. Instead I have an idea. How about limiting gun ownership to guns that serve a purpose? A hunting rifle, a double barrel shotgun, or a revolver for self defense all serve a purpose. A sixty round Glock or a hundred round assault rifles serve no rational purpose, outside of arming the crazies with the means to kill dozens of people in minutes.