Originally Posted by Moot
As we mourn for and with the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook massacre in Newton, let's resist the temptation to seize on that horrifying tragedy as an avenue to advocate our personal agendas.
Let the victims and their families grieve in peace and privacy. May they find comfort and solace as they do so.
Irrespective of our points of view and without regard to whether one is the President of the United States or the head of the NRA, it is offensively inappropriate to tread on the suffering of the victims in an attempt to advance ones own opinions.
At a more appropriate time I will feel free to express my views. But to do so now cheapens and degrades the suffering of the victims and their families.
Say a prayer for the victims and for their families and for the perpetrator and his family (each of whom is also a victim). But the wholesale marketing this sickening slaughter can wait at least a week or two.
? Who is that intended for?
If me: fair enough, BUT i was providing one suggested answer to the original poster's serious-yet-rhetorical question.
If others: I don't see it. If you want to comment now or comment later, that's your call.
As usual, the #1 entity advancing their own agenda (so far) is the media. Photographers rush to the scene and broadcast photos of anguished parents and frightened children. That is shameful, IMO. TV crews broadcast the same speculation over and over again, constantly trying to one-up each other. The national news anchors show up on-site the next day, trying to show how emotionally invested they are with those who are actually living through the tragedy. Within just a couple of hours the various news networks have custom video graphics they can use to dramatize their own speculation. Next up are the discussions between those on both sides of the gun ownership questions. Local, state, and national politicians tell us how they feel about it. Here in Ohio our governor appeared before the cameras to give his opinion and tell us how he felt about it. Seriously - who in Newtown, CT cares what Ohio's governor thinks about this? The President? OK, I understand that.
It's all formulaic and every time this happens the same things happen.
I will agree with you on one point: let's leave the families and the community alone. And, I'll apologize in advance for being a $hithead on this topic but it's a sore point with me and it seems like no one is willing to call the media out on these things. Time to go for a ride.