Deciding what to write for my blog posts has been the hardest part so far. But when an incident happens that catches my attention, like the shooting of the two innocent journalists did the other day, I felt it would be appropriate to write my next blog post on that and my take on the bigger picture surrounding these shootings.
For those of you that don’t know, yesterday morning 41-year-old, Vester Flanagan shot and killed two broadcast journalists as they were doing a live TV interview.
Flanagan, who was a former employee of the TV station and called himself a “powder keg” of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States. Flanagan even resorted to Twitter to voice his anger.
Flanagan, later shot himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway hours after the shooting. Flanagan, who was African-American, died later at a hospital, police said in a report.
The two TV journalists that were killed were Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.
The original video that was posted allegedly by the shooter himself has since been removed but the video shot by the cameraman is still available. Viewer discretion is advised.
I feel this tragedy substantially adds to the debate about gun control in the country, and adds one more tragic case of people being killed by a man with a gun.
At this point you probably are thinking that I am in support of gun control, which would be extremely false.
As a journalist I am a big believer in upholding the constitution of our country to a T, and that all of our rights should never be infringed upon for any reason.
I feel the problem, and what seems to be an outbreak of gun related incidents isn’t the fact that gun control needs to be tightened down but more so an issue in mental health and a society that drives these troubled people to do extreme things.
And not to get too politically charged, and I am in no way advocating for Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. I do however, admire how outspoken he is as a politician and feel that his take on this situation and others like it is the correct one.
So as I personally sit here as a journalist just starting out on my career path, and it truly makes me wonder.
I feel for all who were hurt by this tragic event and all the other events both recent and in the past. But I think to attack guns instead of attacking the issues behind the violence is very naive. The fact that a troubled man can go commit this act of violence or a disturbed teenager can get his hands on weapons and intend to harm others is disturbing in itself.
America has always been a country which likes to put band-aids on its problems, and not face its true issues. Guns are simply not the problem, they were purposefully put in our original constitution to ensure our safety, and they should stay there to continue to do so. The problem is the people, it has been said a million times, but guns do not kill people any more than a telephone or a pen does. The people in the world with mental problems need to be looked at and helped, the American law-abiding citizen should not suffer for a few peoples actions.