posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 12:22 PM
I wish to thank sheepslayer247 for enjoining this discussion, and the other members and judges for their time in reading.
In recent times there has been a rash of mass shootings, the most present on our minds being the needless slaughter of 20 innocent children while they
attended school. My position on the topic will be that information does need released about such incidents, but in a responsible manner, with
reliable information being released to a primary media source, in order to inform the public immediately of the possible dangers still at large.
If police did not release information, what would result is “here say”, and perhaps a mob mentality which takes life into it’s own hands,
further clouding the on going investigation. Such vigilante style justice does not benefit the tragedy in any way, and also further endangers human
life. A parent grieving from their loss may not be in the presence of mind when acting on their intuition.
A police investigation may take several months to complete. Sometimes, there is such a vast amount of information to process, and by waiting for the
process to run it’s course, vital information that may be reported by citizens who witness “other” related events would not know to report such
activities to the authorities, and thereby further the collection of all relevant data that they need to produce an accurate and informative report.
During the process of the investigation, mandatory “press conferences” should be held on a timely basis, and issued by the authoritative agency in
charge of the investigation. To have an “official” story regularly updated by the jurisdiction in charge would go far to prevent the
misinformation we are currently dealing with.
There is an issue at hand with the release of information about minor children, which I’d like to address as well. Current laws prevent that
release in the event of any civil or criminal activity, in order to protect those children from further harm, whether by media or other criminals.
Our society does a remarkable job of enforcing those rules, save in this horrible travesty, but I must also ask the readers, what protection can we
offer when we have failed our primary responsibility of protecting them? As long as the parents have signed a release, we do more justice by honoring
their demise with that knowledge, rather than keeping them a faceless and nameless victim of the devastation that modern society is sometimes capable
We live in a media immersed day and age. Everything that is reported to us, including the tragedies that involve loss of life, is born out the
media’s desire to garner more viewers. Certain news agencies are known for their particular slant, whether it be political or otherwise directed.
That slant often determines which channel on TV we watch, but many of us rely on alternative forms of media such as the internet. There could be a
case made for the fact that we are an information based society that thrives on media coverage of events, and are very much guilty of demanding the
shameful reporting that sometimes occurs before the actual facts are known. It is perhaps because of this incessant desire to “know” that
contrary “facts” are absorbed into our collective, and are either repeated or dismissed by our own fallible abilities as humans.
There is no clear way to prevent this, save disconnecting ourselves from the media, which we as a global society cannot do. With the awareness of the
conditions in the world around us, we chose to remain informed, whether accurately or not, and then offer excuses for our behavior by attempting to
censor the release of information by whatever means. Those attempts do nothing to bring a resolution to the mystery of the most recent mass shooting,
and do less in understanding why events occur in the first place. The censorship of information related to horrible criminal events is not a
solution, but rather an organized protocol of sharing between the media and law enforcement is. To enact legislative deeming two responsible parties,
one media and one law enforcement, from which all sources of information come from, would allow us to determine conditions and events in a much more
rational fashion, with information outside of those sources being held suspect, and not the totality of the event itself.
The solution isn’t gun control, the solution isn’t barring the public from information. The solution is the responsible and timely sharing of
“factual” information, and the ability to revise such information as required, as facts determine, without endearing hundreds of wild theories
that do nothing for the grieving of those closely involved in such ugly acts of irrationality.
Thank you for your time.