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Dec 21, 2012, 11:37 am
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I never thought I’d say this about a Zuma piece, but here goes…

Good work

No, I don’t agree with everything Zuma stated in the article. However, he presented his argument intelligently, and clearly did his homework. If all of Zuma’s pieces were done as well as this one I’d have a lot more respect for the guy. No, I wouldn’t always agree with him, but I don’t have to agree with someone to respect them.

I honestly believe the most effective way to end mass-shootings has nothing to do with gun control. On the same day as the Sandy Hook tragedy, some guy in China stabbed a bunch of children at a school there. No gun. (I dunno about you, but if I’m going to be killed anyway I’d much rather be shot then stabbed.) Anyway, the best way to reduce mass-shootings is to call upon the mass-media to stop publishing the names and photos of these monsters. I honestly believe most, if not all, of these monsters do what they do for their “15 minutes of fame” because they feel they’re not getting the attention they feel they deserve and this is a good way for them to get notoriety and fame or their definition of immortality (I wholeheartedly believe this to be 1,000,000% true in the Loughner case).

The mass media already omits the names of rape victims and victims of some other crimes. Is it too much to ask of them to omit the names of these monsters and stop feeding the attention whores?

We don’t need constant coverage of the monster’s court cases. As was clearly established in Loughner’s case, the justice system will not act in a reasonable time frame, nor will they provide adequate consequences for the monster. So, calling the monster by name might be pointless.

To be clear, I am not asking that any government entity force this on the mass media. That would be a First Amendment violation, just as calls for “gun control” are violations the Second Amendment. No, I am just calling on the mass media to-on their own-adopt this as an industry standard which would serve the greater good.

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Dec 22, 2012, 12:01 am
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Kids in China weren’t killed.

If the shooter is dead, how does he benefit from a media blackout?  Think it will reduce copycats?  Won’t making guns, ammo, and body armor harder to get help reduce copycats?

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Dec 22, 2012, 3:22 pm
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@janamg

If you think voting for Grijalva was a good idea, and if you think he is “doing fine”, then you are so far beyond reason that there’s nothing I could ever say to you to change your mind about anything. Just keep drinking your kool-aid…

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