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Old 12-15-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Morgan Freeman's statement about these random shootings....

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."

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I agree. It's not the only reason, mental illness is certainly a factor but there is no question that such grandious events are done for notoriety.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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It's just plain rubbernecking and voyeurism.

All this short-term thinking has long-term consequences.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #4
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did anybody else read this in Morgan Freeman's voice?

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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I agree. It's not the only reason, mental illness is certainly a factor but there is no question that such grandious events are done for notoriety.
I believe mental illness is the prevailing factor. This may contribute to a perverse mentality, in some cases, that isn't exactly sane.

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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did anybody else read this in Morgan Freeman's voice?
no, i read it in c3p0's voice sherlock..

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Morgan Freeman tells it like it is.

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did anybody else read this in Morgan Freeman's voice?
Honestly who DIDN'T read it in Morgan's voice?

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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no, i read it in c3p0's voice sherlock..
ohhhhh we got a live one!

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