Isn’t It Time To Turn The Television Off… And Get Back To Our Senses?

April 20, 2007


Today is one of the saddest days I can remember. Not only is it a national day of mourning, for the 30 students murdered at Virginia Tech, but it’s the eighth anniversary of the massacre at Columbine.

All morning long, whenever these incidents are mentioned, portions of a video the VT killer sent NBC, is played over and over again, as well as the sick one the columbine killers made. Don’t they understand that these videos were created to continue to inflict pain after their suicides, and the media is doing exactly what the killers wanted them to?

Aren’t they aware of the psychological damage being done to everyone of us when we are forced to watch and listen to aberrant behavior immortalized at a rate too staggering to calculate? I don’t even want to think how many repressed psychotics out there have been inspired by these “Masshole Murderers” and are quietly lock and loading, to claim their 15 minutes of infamy?

I remember growing up in the Bronx and watching gang members who made the front page of the Daily News for killing someone be hailed as neighborhood heroes! Now with more information being made available faster, some guy in a small town can go on a killing spree and become a national figure overnight! In a society where being famous is more important than being smart or being rich…that’s quite a temptation!

My heart goes out to the families of friends of the victims of both tragedies…and pray to God that something like this can be prevented from happening again!

Copyright 2007 by Artie Wayne

4 Responses to “Isn’t It Time To Turn The Television Off… And Get Back To Our Senses?”

  1. Alan O'Day Says:


    Bravo, couldn’t agree with you more. Deny those sick idiots the perverse fame they seek. Focus instead on the families & friends whose lives are forever changed. That’s where our attention & prayers belong.



  2. Steveo Says:

    I agree with you….the news media jumps on every piece of info on these sickos, and they become celebrities…
    I’m for freedom of the press, but i don’t like the way
    these things are handled….


  3. Country Paul Says:

    I wish I could remember the news commentator who said that things like this are news to the victim, the perpetraror and the investigators; to everyone else, it’s sensationalism. That doesn’t me it shouldn’t be covered, but then it should be moved on from. (NBC airing the killer’s rantings is, to my mind, pornography of the worst kind.) The “news” of the story – the real root issue – is “gun control” (for want of a better term), and what we or won’t do about it. Interesting how that news was barely covered all week. Maybe the NRA put a clampdown on it. To me, that is the real issue: these guys can get guns and use them this way, and what will we do about it? This time? Ever?

    I feel sadness – for the victims, for the shooter’s family who apprently really tried, for the university, and for the rest of us who have to put up with all the varied madnesses, including all the upcoming “close the barn door after the horse escaped” legislation and regulation. That will only treat the symptoms, not the disease, and turn more innocent people into the gunman’s victims.

    Finally, Steveo, I appreciate your comment. Freedom of the press includes the freedom to be responsible – one freedom that doesn’t seem to be exercised enough, no matter what one’s politics are.

  4. Steveo Says:

    Country Paul,

    Thank you for your comments…I agree with you 100%


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