It’s a very simple question. Why do these people feel the need to run off and shoot up a school or a mall or their workplace then kill themselves? My sister asked why, if someone is planning to kill themselves, do they not just off themselves and not kill a bunch of other people. My answer was this: “Because suicides don’t get media attention, but murders do.” It was to the point and very accurate. It’s very true. Think of it. You rarely hear about suicides in the media unless it was the death of a well known person like an actor or a musical artist. If you are a regular Joe like most of us and you kill yourself, you’re lucky to get a simple obituary in the local paper. But if you take a bunch of people with you, you are surely to be remembered and people will begin to wonder more about who you are.
It’s been happening for years now. Think back at just how long ago Columbine High had its infamous shootings. Yes, it’s really been almost 14 years and look at what happened with those two boys? They were all over the news and various media outlets for years. They even had movies made about them. Sure, they may be dead and cannot see what happened after the fact, but everyone else can. People know if you go to a school and kill enough people you’re going to get a slew of media attention and people will possibly talk about you for years to come. What better way to grab the attention of a nation and sometimes even the world.
I am not saying it is alright to do such things. Murder is murder and is never the answer. All I am saying is we should no longer be surprised when such things happen, especially here in the United Sates. We are a gun culture and we’ve been raised to believe that certain situations, certain problems can be dealt with using a gun. Disagree with me all you want and discuss gun control. Fact is if you made it harder for people to acquire and possess guns it’s very possible that fewer people may have died. I know, guns don’t kill people on their own, but having one sure makes it a lot easier to get the job done.
I sincerely hope those people that managed to live through this are able to move on with their lives. It’s a pity that they will have to live with such a memory.