letrole: Yes. And there used to be only 48 states. Then they added Alaska and Hawaii. And before aeroplanes were invented, the FAA didn't exist. You go ahead and let those random thoughts continue to bounce around inside your skull. But don't come back until something relevant pops out.
GORDON: They got obama elected, so who cares? Let them have their sick perversions, as long as the important things are getting done.
TheLopper: Zombie DJ: I remember Hitlers name but, gun to my head, couldn't tell you 5 people he killed.Helen Keller, Amelia Eirhart, the Lindbergh baby, Lou Gehrig, and one of the Wayans brothers.
OscarTamerz: The ACLU is the group most directly responsible for the increase in mass murders. They made the standards of proof so difficult for locking these bastards up that now they're free to roam around until they murder dozens of strangers. It usually happens when schizophrenics first come out in their early 20s or late teens like Columbine or the Batman guy or the campus guy or the elementary school guy. One of the Columbine kids was on meds and the Korean was in therapy. Elementary guy was obviously not functional and in retrospect all of them should have been in locked wards getting mandatory meds.
The My Little Pony Killer: We also tend to focus a bit too much on the weapon of choice while conveniently ignoring what might have driven the killer to that point.Can we start talking about mental health yet?
gibbon1: I don't remember the guy in Colorado's name, or that guy who shot all those school kids.
furiousxgeorge: I have no idea what the shooter's name is. I didn't watch the news. I don't know what his victims look like either. It doesn't matter, I have a little cousin going to first grade so I can imagine what her head exploding looks like. I guess I just have to deal with the fact that one day some crazy person might make her head explode because you gun nuts need to masturbate to your guns without restricting semi-auto or having a registration or doing mental health checks. Cum away, American heroes!
kkinnison: This is why IMHO that we shouldn't be allowing criminals to get publicity. instead of knowing their names the Media should just report them as the crimes they are charged with "Mass murderer 1.. 2... 3" and all the information would be available online or with Freedom of information requests.
Matthew Keene: I'm always rooting for a higher kill score. Twenty-seven was impressive, but we can do better.
Weaver95: I could go on, but you get the point. we're not consistent in what it is we say we value as a society. what DOES America stand for these days? Truth? not after the lies Romney told during this last election cycle. Justice? can any country that created/funded and runs secret CIA torture prisons be considered 'just'? I think not. 'The american way'? what does that even mean anymore? sometimes I wonder just how much longer we can last. we're turning inwards, becoming more self absorbed. less concerned with knowledge, wisdom and freedom. we're more concerned with control, greed and lust. I think we are our own worst enemies.
Mentat: Oh look, a member of the media just discovered that the media are vultures. Welcome to 1775.
ZeroCorpse: ARGH!!!!SowSow SowSOW SOW SOWIt's been a long day.
Weaver95: as a society, we're more than a bit confused. we hate/fear intelligence and education. our religious beliefs are...well, 'misinformed' would be the polite way of putting it. we love violence, but think sex is dirty. we treat our politics like sports, and our sports like a religious cult. we fear government control, yet cheer corporations when they pull crap that'd terrify George Orwell. we want to make sure everyone is well armed, but are so afraid of terrorist attacks that we gate rape people before letting them get on a plane.I could go on, but you get the point. we're not consistent in what it is we say we value as a society. what DOES America stand for these days? Truth? not after the lies Romney told during this last election cycle. Justice? can any country that created/funded and runs secret CIA torture prisons be considered 'just'? I think not. 'The american way'? what does that even mean anymore? sometimes I wonder just how much longer we can last. we're turning inwards, becoming more self absorbed. less concerned with knowledge, wisdom and freedom. we're more concerned with control, greed and lust. I think we are our own worst enemies.
OscarTamerz: The ACLU is the group most directly responsible for the increase in mass murders.
xalres: No. Because the people that don't want us talking about guns are generally the same people who've all but canonized the asshole who shut down all the mental hospitals, dumped the crazies out on the streets and left a generation to fester in their own sickened minds because there's no longer anywhere for them to go to get help. So yeah...don't talk about that either. Clearly, this is the result of video games and shunning Gawd.
Alonjar: Ed Willy: Semi-automatic high capacity guns useful for a killing spree are indubitably a new phenomenonPretty sure people were being shot to death by semi-automatic magazine fed weapons a century ago.
Alonjar: Alonjar: Ed Willy: Semi-automatic high capacity guns useful for a killing spree are indubitably a new phenomenonPretty sure people were being shot to death by semi-automatic magazine fed weapons a century ago.Oh, and before that, instead of an insane kid at your school, it was some strange dudes who would come to your village and massacre every living creature with blunderbusses.
had98c: The killer has one name, the victims 27. It's a lot easier to remember one name than 27. Just sayin'.On a serious note, I don't think the media is the problem. They're just reporting what we want to see/hear. The problem is us, not the media.
mittromneysdog: "We remember the killers' names, but not the names of the victims. We know the gory details. Media bloodlust is killing us as a society"This is an idiotic point for several reasons.1) In mass shootings, there are multiple victims, but only one killer.2) The identities of the shooters are important, newsworthy public information. Except in general terms, the identities of the victims are not. This is not because of any moral judgment positive or negative of either the shooters or the victims. It is simply because the shooter did something newsworthy, while the victims really did not.3) Publicizing the identities of the shooters involves fewer privacy issues for victims and families than publicizing the identities of the victims. I feel for the families of the shooters, I really do. But there is no question that the newsworthiness of the shooters' identities outweighs their privacy concerns. For the victims, this is less clear.I mean, why do we remember Hitler's name, but not the names of his millions of innocent victims? Historians' blood lust is killing our world, because there is clearly causation between mass homicidal tyranny and what gets written about in the history books.That argument is only marginally dumber than the the argument offered in the headline.
RanDomino: 2011-10-31: Tariq Aziz, 16, Pakistani2011-10-31: Waheed, ?, Pakistani2012-08-21: Osama Haqqani, 13, Pakistani2012-09-02: Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari, 13, Yemeni2012-09-02: Daolah Nasser, 10, Yemeni2012-09-02: AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout, 12, Yemeni
Gyrfalcon: If the media said "27 people slain! Here are their stories!"
Ed Willy: letrole: HotWingConspiracy: So basically small government conservative gun owners brought this about.Guns have always been there. Government used to be much smaller. Conservatives resist change to the status quo.Yet the video-game emulation sort of killing spree is indubitably a new phenomenon.How about no.Semi-automatic high capacity guns useful for a killing spree are indubitably a new phenomenon
God-is-a-Taco: Dying isn't that unusual.I plan to die myself one day.
Bit'O'Gristle: Of course they are vultures. [lots of truth]...
Zombie DJ: I remember Hitlers name but, gun to my head, couldn't tell you 5 people he killed.
rka: Gyrfalcon: If the media said "27 people slain! Here are their stories!"What do you mean if? Haven't we basically gotten a biographical overview of every kid yet? We knew after Columbine which ones were devout Christians and which ones were football players, we knew after the movie theater shootings which ones were just out of the Army or which ones were just divorced.A day after the Sandy Hook massacre we had this in the Washington Post (first one that came up on google, there are thousands more)http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/nation/newtown-school-sh o oting-victims/Sorry folks, the information is there. If you're railing against the media for not reporting this stuff about the victims then you need to look a bit harder at your own filters because they did. Were you too busy to pay attention? Had to go see The Hobbit that night so you couldn't be bothered to read a bit more? Needed to rush out and buy that last minute piece of junk for a Christmas present so you turned off the TV? Too busy requesting BIE in some TotalFark thread? Mundane shiat piled upon mundane shiat.But now you've got a few minutes in a Fark thread and you have time to type out a few words and feel superior. Shame on you.
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