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Vegas tragedy only the latest chapter

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I heard my wife’s news alert go off about 2 a.m. to say a gunman had killed at least two people in Las Vegas. I barely shrugged and turned over to go back to sleep.

When I turned on the TV that morning, it was more than 20 dead, and by the time I got to work it was more than 40 murdered.

Of course the news feeds kept up the running score and filled in the sketchy details about a lone wolf shooter. There were precious few details, but there seemed to be an endless loop of the staccato gunshots pouring down on the crowd of helpless concert-goers.

I suppose it was in the evening of that first day that I heard the first politician say that it was “too early” to talk about gun control measures. That is what “they” always say after another senseless gun tragedy.

That is what they said after 32 were shot and killed April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

That is what they said after 13 were shot down April 3, 2009, in Binghamton, New York.

That is what they said after 13 were shot and killed Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood, Texas.

That is what they said after 12 died July 20, 2012, at an Aurora, Colorado theater.

That is what they said after 27 died Dec. 14, 2014, in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut.

That is what they said after 12 were shot dead Sept. 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.

That is what they said after 9 were murdered June 17, 2015, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

That is what they said after 14 coworkers were executed Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California.

That is what they said after 49 people were shot June 12, 2016, in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“Soon” is apparently a term that also means “Go away. I’m not going to discuss it.”

Meanwhile, the media cannot seem to shut up about the Las Vegas massacre.

There hasn’t been a nickel’s worth of real information since the second day of the shooting. We know who did it. We don’t know why he did it. And it is a quite low probability that we will ever discover a motive for this.

But that does not stop the media from milking every last ounce from it. It is sickening to see a week after this tragedy they still open with photos and film clips of people fleeing in the terror of that night and having victims relive the last moments of loved ones.

And still they play the rat-a-tat-tat of the sniper’s firing. Enough.

It has passed the point of reportage and into the realm of simple exploitation. Quit feeding the beast and move on.


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