If a gunman in a mall shoots two people and it doesn’t make the news, does anyone die?
So a man with a shotgun killed two people in a mall in my home town before he himself died. I don’t know if he killed himself or was shot by security. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of reporting about it. Yes, it’s all over a local paper. But it’s not taking up the front of CNN.com, and it’s the 8th story on MSNBC.com’s news stories. And I’m just curious: what does this mean?
Whenever there is a mass shooting, there is crap all over the news. This one is different.
Two probably isn’t mass. Also, people aren’t saying that this was random. People are saying that there was a “domestic dispute.” That the victims were the shooter’s ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. Does this make it less sensational? More palatable? Are people less likely to eat up the story because there isn’t the fear of “it can happen to anyone” connected with it? Is it just another story of domestic violence?
Or is the media finally listening? Each time it happens there is a group of people crying to the news to not give the shooter attention. To not sensationalize the story. Is this what we are finally seeing? Or are we just desensitized to it?