Murders are entertaining… but only when it’s pretend

Earlier this week the world was shocked by the on-air murders of two journalists in Virginia. By now you have heard that a disgruntled former employee sought out the reporter and her cameraman while they were doing a live hit for the station’s morning news show.

As with any senseless murder in the United States, naturally the whole gun control debate comes up. Saying if guns were illegal it would end the violence. Yes, changing a law is really going to prevent people from having weapons. Yeah, probably not. How many drugs are illegal yet people still find ways to get them, grow them or sell them?

We can’t say this instance is only an American situation. It very well could happen here, I get that. Our country has seen its share of murders. But in all honesty, I have lived in Canada for over 30 years, I know hundreds of people but I honestly don’t know anyone who owns a gun. Maybe it is that our laws are different but the overall mentality of people in this country is that they don’t feel so unsafe that they need to have weapons.

It’s one thing to argue that it is your right to have them and have one solely for that reason and then actually believing you need to be armed and on guard in your day-to-day life.

As an entertainment reporter there was also an interesting tidbit from USA Network. The TV channel had a season finale of a show scheduled but an odd coincidence had it cancelled and pushed back a week.

The statement said, “The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing (the) episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time.”

Odd that on any other day TV viewers would have found the exact same scene entertaining. Why when it actually happens are they stunned and TV executives say that viewers shouldn’t see it? How is it fun to watch when it’s only pretend but then when it plays out in real life it’s disturbing?

Until society becomes less violent on TV, film, in video games and on the Internet, how will the mentality of people ever change? It is socially acceptable when we see it everywhere we look. At the same time, production companies keep making the garbage because people want to see it. Will the cycle ever end?

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