Whenever there is a shooting, which in America seems to be about every few weeks, there is a lot of debate about how they should be covered in the news. Some people believe the shooter's identity should be revealed, then combed over, every bit of their life put on display for avid public consumption. Others say, that's what the shooter wants, so f*ck that, let's focus on the victims. In this clip from CNN's coverage of Umpqua Community College we get to see both perspectives smack against each other:
Moments after an emotional Oregon officer explains why he doesn't want to share the shooter's name, the reporter does just that, then reads a quote from him:
"[It] seems the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight."
Perhaps if disturbed people who want to be immortalized didn't think they'd be immortalized by shooting up a school, they'd do it less. Even the President isn't talking about the shooter, and this speech is much longer than 30 seconds:
"This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loves ones because of our inaction. When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it safes lives. The notion that gun violence is somehow different—that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon, when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt, and protect their families, and do everything they do under such regulations—doesn't make sense." —President Obama on the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon: http://go.wh.gov/7Gk8Eh #UCCShootingPosted by The White House on Thursday, October 1, 2015