On Saturday’s front page is yet another article (TNT, 6-8) about another tragic, senseless death of an innocent person at the hands of someone with a gun. I feel so sorry for the family and the 12-year-old boy who now has to spend the rest of his life without his dad. As the mother of a 13-year-old boy, I know how important his dad is to him, and cannot imagine the depth of this boy’s grief at his loss.
As I turned to the back page to finish reading this tragic story, my eyes were caught by the large picture (TNT, 6-8) of a man and his son holding toy guns in their hands playing a “shooting” video game – laughing and having fun.
Any other day, this would be a great picture – a couple guys having fun playing a video game. It looks like something my husband and sons would do, enjoying every minute of it. Instead I was left with a sickening sense of wonder at how this picture was chosen and placed beneath the story of a man who was shot dead in a senseless act of violence. Even publishing the picture anywhere else in the paper would have been a better choice.
I hope the Rossiter family finds healing and peace. I wish The News Tribune had used a different picture. I wish the madness would stop, and we would not have to read about another life lost to senseless violence.