Friday, December 04, 2015
Okay, I'll admit it, I just don't get it
So! Another day, another mass shooting. Yaaaaawn.
It's not going to stop until guns (and ammunition) are more tightly regulated, but nobody wants to hear my opinion.
What I'm wondering about is, back in 2009, we had our very own mass shooting, right here in my little town. You can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binghamton_shootings
And for approximately half a day, there was pretty intense news coverage. After a day or two, a brief mention every once in a while. After that? Zip.
Cut to this week, when a gunman opened fire at an office party in San Bernadino.
Non-stop coverage. There has been nothing BUT coverage of this incident on the news. All San Bernadino, all the time. All week long.
And I can't help but wonder, why? Is it because the shooter this week is (presumably) Muslim, and "our" shooter was Vietnamese? Is it because it happened in OMG California, where the rich people live, and not LOL Upstate New York, which is poverty-riddled? Is it because the victims were middle-class, professional people, and not poor immigrants taking ESL classes?
I don't know. But I wonder.