This article about the recent school shooting in Missouri is a master class in everything wrong with the our media, politics, and public discourse.
A 19-year-old former student was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition when he opened fire at a St. Louis, Missouri, high school on Monday morning, killing two and injuring several others, according to authorities.
The suspect, who also died during an exchange of gunfire at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, was identified by police as Orlando Harris, who graduated from the high school last year.
Harris, who had no criminal history, left a handwritten document in his car speaking about his desire to “conduct this school shooting,” St. Louis Police Commissioner Michael Sack said at a news conference Tuesday.
Sack said Harris wrote: “I don’t have any friends, I don’t have any family, I’ve never had a girlfriend, I’ve never had a social life.” Sack said Harris called himself an “isolated loner,” which was a “perfect storm for a mass shooter.”
The shooter gave his motivation right there.
He was a loaner with no friends and no social life.
The media heaps fame and notoriety on school shooters.
Our society puts fame above all else.
For a loaner and a loser, becoming a school shooter is a way to become famous and well known, a center of public attention.
“It’s very easy to get guns,” Sack said at a news conference Monday. “I’ve said it before — the gun laws in Missouri [are] very broad … they can carry them openly down any street, and there’s really nothing we can do.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the shooting at Monday’s press briefing, saying, “We need additional action to stop the scourge of gun violence.”
“Every day that the Senate fails to send assault weapons ban to the president’s desk, or waits to take … other commonsense actions, is a day too late for our families and communities impacted by gun violence,” she told reporters.
But politicians and the media, evident from the headline of this very article, focus on the guns and everything but their power to and willingness to make a school shooter famous.
Our system encourages broken boys to do horrible things to get their names on TV and then the powers that created this system everyone but themselves.
If we’re going to restrict people’s Constitutional rights to stop school shootings, before we create one more gun law, we should ban the media from reporting on school shootings to eliminate the fame factor for school shooters.