Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quit giving them their 15 minutes of fame

There have been a lot of awful things happening around the world. From the shooting of school children to the shooting of firefighters - it's just horrible. And I think the media is making it even worse by ensuring that everyone knows the name of the monsters that perpetuate these crimes.

I don't want to know that "John Doe" was the person who killed 26 people in a school in Sandy Hook. I don't want to know that "Joe Doe" killed two firefighters in Western New York. And I really don't need to know that "Jay Doe" killed 12 people who were watching a Batman movie on opening night.

Perhaps if we stop plastering their faces all over the news and writing articles analyzing why they did it less of these tragedies would occur. If you're planning on killing yourself anyway, why not immortalize yourself and become infamous by killing a few innocent bystanders too.

Personally, I'm not going to give those idiots the honour of knowing their name. I'd rather focus on the victims. And we don't really do that.

Consider Jeffrey Dahmer. I know what he did but I have no idea who he killed. I do however know that Tammy Lyn Homolka, Leslie Mahaffy and  Kristen French were the victims of the infamous serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

Personally, I think that one of the best ways to punish these psychopaths is to ignore them as individuals. Stop glamorizing them by posting their photos all over the internet, newspapers, magazines and television. They don't deserve it. Instead I am going to focus on Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Greene, Madeleine Hsu, Dylan Hockley, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Aveielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison Wyatt, Rachel D'Avino, Dawn Hochspring, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto; Lt Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka; Jonathan Blunk, Alexander J. Boik, Jesse Childress, Gordon Cowden, Jessica Ghawi, John Larimer,  Matt McQuinn, Micayla Medek, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Alex Sullivan, lexander C. Teves, and Rebecca Wingo.

It was way too hard to find those names. But it is very easy to find photos and the identity of their murders. That's not right.

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