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Old 12-18-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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I can't say that I am shocked about the Connecticut shootings (or the Portland Mall one) since I don't believe schools or malls or anywhere else can be completely safe. But I'm as upset about this as anyone and mourn the losses.

But it seems like it has to be killings of a large quantity of people for the public to care. I've seen local flags fly at half-mast for the Connecticut tragedy. Yet I am quite sure that children (and adults) are killed every day...and all are as innocent as those who were killed in Connecticut. Why is it that only large numbers seem to register and affect us? And what is the critical mass needed for it to shock and upset people? If 2 kids and 1 teacher were killed, would people be as upset?

I'm not saying we shouldn't be upset about the killing of lots of people in one incident...just that we should be just as upset when any innocent person is killed...because it still matters even if it's just one......

Does anyone else agree? I guess if flags were flown at half-mast every day to memorialize victims, it might lose its impact, but sometimes I feel like daily routine murders are accepted by the public and that we are unaware/nonreactive to them and we need to big, juicy stuff to understand that there is a problem with violence in the US (other countries too, but more so here).
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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Chicago had over 400 homicides in the first 9 months of this year. I wonder why our President says absolutely nothing about this? And why is our media completely silent?
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:55 PM
 
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Just a wild guess....but murdering 20 innocent first graders in less than a few minutes can have an effect on people.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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Mass killings make national news. We are only affected by what we are exposed to. If someone was murdered in my neighborhood and it made the local news, it would certainly bother me. The nature of it makes a difference as well. Would you be as upset about a murderous pedophile being killed by a grieving parent as you would be with the murder of an elderly woman? A mass murder, especially one of children, hits harder. That's just the way of it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:16 PM
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I agree. 30,000 people are killed by guns every year in the US (out of 100,000 that are shot). But unfortunately, their quantities-per-incident don't reach the Sensationalism Threshold for the national news media.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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Individual killings can often be made sense (if you can call it that) of...someone was mad, someone got into a fight, a fit of passion, etc. Mass killings target people with no connection to the killer.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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1. It affects less people.
2. It's not juicy enough for the media. A nobody meth addict OD's...it doesn't make the news. A famous celebrity OD's and you won't hear the end of it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:34 AM
 
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I agree. 30,000 people are killed by guns every year in the US (out of 100,000 that are shot). But unfortunately, their quantities-per-incident don't reach the Sensationalism Threshold for the national news media.
According to the CDC, 443,000 Americans die from the effects of smoking each year. But we don't hear anything about that, either.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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Does anyone else agree?
I sure do, was thinking the same thing the other day.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Individual killings can often be made sense (if you can call it that) of...someone was mad, someone got into a fight, a fit of passion, etc. Mass killings target people with no connection to the killer.


Many of those killings are what a lot of people consider to be one low-life bumping off another, and aren't particularly concerned about it.
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