The saga continues on the shootings in Arizona in January, where Representative Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot. Sadly, no, the saga is not on the status of the victims nor the families that lost loved ones. Our “News magazines” have now joined the blame game. Not in blaming Jared Loughner – they want to blame everyone and everything else.
There are “lots of guns” in the country, “someone should have noticed him in advance”, “society failed him”, “there should be more security” and on and on. Fact is, neither America nor anyone in it failed; it is the fault of one person and one person only. Maybe we should fix blame where it belongs. People do things, and what happened to our world when we were a stand-up society; we now blame everyone but the criminal.
One recent article (sadly in a magazine I subscribe to) was an article that clearly was blaming guns in America. I guess they have never read the Constitution, which gives us the right to have them. “Us” being the law abiding people of America. The article discusses the number of shootings and the number of deaths that come from guns. Thus, we are blaming a piece of metal and plastic for these deaths. Interesting thought pattern from these scholars of the press. Let’s carry that same logic a little further. There are clearly more obese people in this country than there are shootings and many of them are dying also. So let’s generate some news articles blaming the makers of spoons and forks, they too must be killing people. Then there are the big killers, the automobiles, so let’s get wanted posters printed of the all the corporate heads of the car manufactures.
Clearly I am pushing the issue, but the short answer is that let’s put blame where it belongs. Guns and spoons do not kill people, only people kill people, and those are the people to be punished. Not every American exercising their right to own a gun is a threat, and let’s not take the spoon from those who eat ice cream responsibly. There are many other things that Jared Loughner could have used (to include the silverware in the kitchen) to have inflicted harm to those loyal Americans that just wanted to hear what the Congresswoman had to say as a part of our way of governance.
My request to the press would be a great line from Joe Friday (for those from my generation): “Just the facts please.” Then we could all have justice and think with our own minds.