In a 24-hour period, a third-grade student in Bremerton was shot by a handgun brought to class by another student and a state trooper was tragically murdered on state Route 16 during a routine traffic stop.
Media coverage of such events regularly, and pathetically, overlooks the elephant in the room: Where did the guns in these crimes come from?
How can the media cover events in our community when there are two gun-related injuries (one fatality) within a 24-hour period and not report on the obvious question: Where did the guns come from?
Why are there so many guns in America? Why can a man with a criminal record so easily obtain firearms? Why in God’s name does a third-grader have access to a loaded, unlocked handgun?
This is the huge, ugly, elephant in the room. At newspapers, radio and TV stations across our nation, reporters, editors and entire newsrooms fail to even raise the question.
It’s just another day in America, where people die unnecessarily due to the ridiculous prevalence of guns in our society, and another day when the media incredibly ignore the obvious problem.
Who are the media afraid of offending? The NRA? Republican voters? As you remain silent, children in our schools and law enforcement officers in our communities – even citizens simply walking down our streets – are at risk.
The media have a public duty here. Please fulfill it.