Remember, they were us

Remember, they were us

SYSTEM Last week I stopped short when talking about the shootings at The Capital Gazette. I want to continue the conversation this morning. The shooting deaths of five staff members at the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper was not an assault on journalism as was mentioned after the attack. The killings were the result of a deranged man trying to seek revenge against the newspaper after he did not get what he considered recourse from the courts through a defamation lawsuit. These five were at work. They were doing what we do every day. That’s it. And a similar shooting could have happened — and has occurred — at a variety of businesses in the country when unhinged people become dissatisfied and decide to use violence against regular people to rectify what they see as wrong. But hold on, rather than taking only negatives away from this tragedy, which would demean and diminish the memories of those who lost their lives, let’s learn from the pain so that in some way we can seek solutions to ensure this type of calamity doesn’t occur again. To the credit of pundits and talking heads on TV news and in some national newspaper pages, the tired old arguments calling for immediate gun control were muted much of this past week. It could be because those killed at The Capital were adults and not children. It could be that journalists are not seen to be as innocent as others. And it could be that early […]

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