It seems that gun violence is out of control. The media has reported thousands of stories about gun violence and mass shootings this year. Maybe because there were fourteen such incidents in twelve months (list below). Spree shootings, mass shootings, mass murderers abounded this year. Every time we turned around it seems that some f’ing whack job was shooting up a gun free area; a mall, school, workplace, government building, etc. The media was there to tell us about the tragedy and then remind us how evil guns are…not people whom use them to kill others but the guns themselves.
The media revels in the violence and carnage, why shouldn’t they, it is what they are there for, shock value and headlines, teasers and drama. These are not legitimate news agencies any more, they are just waiting for the next big thing, like the Don Henly song, they want dirty laundry. Besides that, they can push their own political agenda, whether it be for or against something since they have a massive presence they can push whatever they want into the throats of the masses and expect it to get swallowed. Let’s face it, a lot, LOT, of people are stupid, bumbling, morons, and whatever they see or read from their favorite news source is the gospel according to yellow journalism and most people don’t even know what yellow journalism is either.
These news companies are for entertainment only. What they report and how they report it should be taken as fiction. No, I am not talking about one particular news station, or newspaper, or cable channel. I am talking about them all. They craft their own narratives irrespective of the facts and lead you down the dramatic story they want to tell you. What me be blaring on the front page or web page one day, may have a quiet retraction or correction buried in a four sentence blurb on page 27 or at the bottom of the page.
Take for instance one Nick Meli at the Clackamas Mall in Oregon. What do you know about him? hmm? Yes, there were heroes, many of them in Clackamas that day, but what of Mr. Meli. The twenty-two year old man with a concealed permit and packing a gun, who confronted the shooter with his weapon. I did a Google news search…22,600+ results for Clackamas shooting, less than 100 for Nick Meli.
This man confronted the shooter with his weapon, and the shooter took his own life rather than be captured or detained. Nick Meli was single-handedly responsible for stopping the shooter’s rampage and it has less than 100 news articles. Most news stories credit the arrival of the police at the mall with the stop of the shooting, but really it was Meli.
“I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ‘are you serious?,'” Meli said. He positioned himself behind a pillar while his friend with her baby sought cover.”He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. “He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.” Meli was able to pull his gun and level it on the shooter.”As I was going down to pull [the trigger], I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.”I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him. I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”
Meli saved the lives of who knows how many people, but because guns are bad you’re not going to read about this. The media doesn’t want this story told, they can’t have a news story where a gun saves lives. They won’t stand for this and they won’t report it. What does that tell you about the media. One sided, yellow, hypocritical, a$$hats, who shouldn’t be trusted with objective reporting.
List of Mass shootings, murders in the United States in 2012:
1. February 22, 2012 Su Jung Health Sauna, Norcross, Ga.*
2. February 27, 2012 Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio
3. March 8, 2012 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
4. April 2, 2012 Oikos University , Oakland, Calif.*
5. May 30, 2012 Cafe Racer, Seattle, Wash.*
6. June 9, 2012 Auburn University pool party, Auburn, Ala.
7. July 17, 2012 Copper Top bar, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
8. July 20, 2012 Century 16 movie theater, Aurora, Colo.*
9. August 5, 2012 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, Oak Creek, Wis.*
10. August 31, 2012 Pathmark Super Mart, Old Bridge, N.J.
11. September 27, 2012 Accent Signage Systems office, Minneapolis, Minn.
12. October 21, 2012 Azana Day Spa, Brookfield., Wis.
13. December 11, 2012 Clackamas Town Center, Clackamas, Ore.
14. December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn.*
*FBI crime classification reports identify those who kill more than four people in a single incident, not to include themselves, as a mass murderer opposed to serial killer or spree killer, and almost always done at a single location.