Mass Shootings and Filters

This isn’t the post I’d planned to write this weekend but events drive thoughts and thoughts drive blogs, so…

It seems that whenever we have a mass-shooting we get essentially the same story:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

The Right and the Left see this headline differently and deal with it differently.

The Left

The Left sees this headline and since they don’t discuss the mental health of the murderer because that would be unfair and might get into the question of whether we should hold the insane responsible for their actions and the left is paranoid of being accused of being “soft on crime” it becomes:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

And they then ignore that mass shootings tend to be done by people fascinated with guns and power and thus are most often on the right of the political spectrum because it would be unseemly to be partisan at a time of mourning and so it becomes:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

And then, despite that,  they then make a few speeches about how we need to restrict guns followed by doing nothing about it because they don’t want to be targeted in their next election by the NRA.

The Right

The Right sees this headline and immediately drops the connection between their philosophy that violence and power are what real people do and that diplomacy is a sign of weakness and so disown any responsibility for creating a violence prone climate in the right and thus we start with:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

After that, of course, they immediately ignore that nobody kills and wounds dozens of people with a stick or a rock and loudly delete the weapon of choice that is so universal that these type of acts are generally known as mass shootings and we get:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

And they then ignore it altogether so they can avoid discussion how their party slashed mental health treatment in the 1980s and has fought tooth and nail to prevent that budget from being restored.

The Result

This gives an end result that is the same for both sides of:

Insane Right-wing man kills 12 people with gun.

And everyone then goes “tsk, tsk. How awful that these things happen” and returns to life as normal having accomplished nothing.

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