May 2nd, 2007

Long road home

Campaign to ban guns, part III

Ahh, in my campaign to promote peace I inadvertently segregate people who are essentially on my side. I didn't mean to do that. That is something I really need to work on.

Perhaps I'm disillusioned because I work in the news industry. In fact I'm going on year 8 in the business. If people saw the gun issue from my perspective, they might have a different opinion. The news industry is a giant document of death, which is the main reason why people don't watch it. It's depressing. While other people are turning the channel I've chosen to make bedmates with it. Much, MUCH more than 32 people die, in this country and elsewhere on any given day, if you consider how many news stations across the country are reporting a death by someone else's hand (whether by gun or some other form of violence). Not only do I hear these stories, I listen to them over and over and over again, several times a day, and depending on the nature of the killing, depending on how salacious it is -- someone dying in the 'hood doesn't quite get the coverage the VA Tech massacre gets -- I might hear that story several times a day for a week or more. News industry veterans are a little like Vietnam war vets in that sense, in that some of us are just flat-out crazy from PTSD. In fact, in many ways it's worse because unlike a soldier, we can't shoot back; we can only sit there and take it in.

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