In reference to the events of today (which involves the shooting of children in the US and the stabbing of children in China) I will say this and then I will be done with it. The righteous indignation that so many of us display after something horrific and unimaginable happens, yet we so quickly forget in the weeks after tragedy, must stop. The spreading of stories without facts must stop. Using tragedy as a platform for political debate, mere seconds after finding out a tragedy has occurred, must stop. The perverse need to find the shooter’s Facebook/Twitter/etc… must stop. We must stop having these loud, immediate, visceral reactions to things that are beyond our understanding. We must have some respect for families, who a lot of times, find out about their love ones through social media before they can even be reached by authorities. We have got to take some time to internalize, show some respect, and then try to make real changes when things like this happen. This isn’t something new, it happens a lot, and every time we have this reaction and then move on. Mass shootings happen on a semi regular basis and while we all agree that is an issue, it’s not an issue to debate right after it happens. So instead of saying you offer prayers, go pray. Instead of talking nonstop about gun laws, sit quietly and reflect on what exactly you think should happen and then take steps to try and change things. Instead of making ignorant and disrespectful jokes, think about how you would feel as a victim. Instead of analyzing the shooter’s tweets, go hug a friend or family member. Our reaction to tragedies in this country has always baffled me and it has grown from strange to completely and totally perverse so please, stop.
And to the news organizations interviewing children, you should be ashamed of yourselves.