On the Sandy Hook shooting…

UPDATE: I read from eonline that Morgan Freeman didn’t actually release any comments on the Sandy Hook shooting. The statement below was no more than a hoax.


Don’t you think it still makes sense?

I am not going to delete this post because I do believe it makes sense.


I got this from the page of Police State USA: Land of the Checkpoints. This is Morgan Freeman‘s take on why the Sandy Hook Newtown, Connecticut shooting happened, as well as those other equally horrific shootings that took place in the past. Here’s his take on why it took place…

You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.

I am not sure if Mr. Freeman really gave this statement. But once you’ve read the whole statement, you must admit it makes sense. No name, no picture, no mention of the killer because it will only bring on the notoriety that they so crave the most before they did the horrible crime they committed. And so are the others before and who will follow him.

Let’s concentrate instead on the victims, their love ones, and the community as a whole suffering and in shock over the crime committed against them.