I did find this op-ed in the Aussie news today, immediately in the wake of the mall shooting in Nebraska.
NEBRASKA, the farming state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the US, began the year with LB-454, a new state law allowing people 21 years and over to carry a concealed handgun pretty much wherever they go.
Applicants must pass a routine police check, complete a basic handgun training course (most are run by ex-cops) and pay $US100 ($115) for a five-year permit. It’s as simple as that.
Nebraska marked the end of the year yesterday with a bloodbath at the Westroads shopping mall in Omaha, the state’s largest city. Eight people were shot dead and several others are fighting for their lives.
The author of the op-ed uses the tragedy to rail against concealed carry in the US, when in fact there is no evidence that the shooter had a concealed carry permit. In fact, since he was under 21, he was legally barred from having a concealed carry permit. Add to that the fact that the shooter didn’t even use a handgun, and the article I’m referencing is reduced to so much useless drivel.
I’d like to say that it was just this one piece, but I am really sick of the media using tragedies to push their own personal agendas, or in the case of Matt Lauer, just be totally clueless.
I accidentally turned on The Today Show, or Good Morning America, whichever morning show he was on, and he was interviewing one of the survivors of the shooting. The interviewee had a serious case of “thousand yard stare” and just sort of seemed dazed by the whole experience. I got there just in time for Lauer to say “so, have you been thinking about how if these bullets had hit just a foot to the left or right, you could have been hit in the head?” Nevermind for the moment how stupid a question it is to ask a guy who’s just lived through a shootout; but the poor guy in the chair said “uh…yeah. All day”.
That’s stuff that I feel safe to comment on – it’s sickening to me to watch people’s lives get played with for entertainment value, or to use the deaths of others as a platform for whatever political agenda you feel like pushing.