Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chicago reaches "lucky" number 500; media still hypocritical

I found another CNN piece talking about how the current gun debates are empty and meaningless because it's the same old garbage regurgitated each time the debate is stirred up again. Within that article, the author (Roland Martin) talks about how Chicago just had its 500th homicide this year and no one seems to care.

Mr. Martin brings up some great points in his article which align with things I've been thinking/saying for some time now. Maybe I'll talk about some of those points in a later post, but for now I want to focus on this big city violence vs. mass shootings topic.

It has always amazed me at the outcry for tighter gun control when a bunch of innocent, middle class, typically white, people are senselessly killed in mass shootings. Yet every single day people are dying in the streets of America's large cities. News outlets and politicians see these senseless acts of violence as nuisances and black eyes on their cities, but mass shootings are viewed as revenue generators and political platforms.

Case in point, people are shot senselessly every single day in Milwaukee and you never hear a peep from the mayor, but when tragedies like the shooting at the Azana Spa in Brookfield happen, mayor Tom Barrett made appearances to console victims families and to talk about the need for tighter gun laws. You'll never see him do those kinds of things for those "north side" shootings that happen to claim the lives of lesser-privileged people in his own city. Even the media doesn't care.

Check out this article from the Journal-Sentinel. There seems to be a story like this in their news feed every day. They never do a follow-up story to tell you who the person was, or to give you information about him (like if he left behind a wife or children, or if he was a victim of a robbery or if he was a criminal, or anything else).

Until our society stops being so hypocritical when it comes to our violent culture, there's little chance of minimizing the chances of another Newtown, Littleton, Oak Creek, or Brookfield from happening again.

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