I've been stewing over this ever since the terrible tragedy happened at the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. As horrible as this loss of life of the little children and their teachers is, I find it absolutely irresponsible the way the news media has descended on this town like vultures to turn over every stone to try and get the most disgusting details out in print and on TV.
The town has been invaded by reporters all looking to get a "scoop" on some tidbit that gives them a better byline. Of course, some of the information reported is news that alerts other school systems, law enforcement as well as parents and teachers that much more can be done to protect innocent children from the insanity of sick individuals.
This is my point: All the attention given to the individual who committed this heinous crime is dangerous. You can't go to any newspaper, website or TV news show without seeing his face displayed. This can and does encourage other sick individuals (and they are out there) to seek the same kind of "fame" and plan to commit copy cat crimes like what has just happened. Already three people have been arrested for planning and threatening to do the same thing. Thank heaven that some law enforcement agencies have been on the ball and took action, preventing another senseless tragedy.
I'm not about to open a debate on guns, the Second Amendment rights, or how to track people who might be capable of another terrible crime like this. I just feel that the media needs to get away from the "If it bleeds, it leads" mentality and show some restraint and common sense in their reporting. Some things are truly not newsworthy and are better left unsaid.
Sorry for the rant, I had to get it off my chest. Now back to our regularly scheduled RV blogging.