Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gregory Gibson on School Shootings and Why They Go On.

I met Gregory Gibson several years ago at a writer's discussion group about his book Hubert's Freaks. Yesterday, when the news of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School broke, he was the first person I thought of. You need to read this article and then you need to buy his book Gone Boy and read that. Greg is someone who knows first hand what no one on earth would want to know: 


December 14, 2012

Why America Lets the Killings Continue



Gloucester, Mass.
MY wife and I learned about the Connecticut school shootings on our way home from the cemetery, where we had just finished observing the 20th anniversary of our son’s murder.
Our son Galen, who was 18, and a teacher were killed on Dec. 14, 1992, by a deranged student who went on a shooting rampage at Simon’s Rock College in western Massachusetts. Galen was a gifted kid, and Simon’s Rock seemed like the perfect place for him. He’d never been happier. The killer had a vastly different reaction to this environment. After run-ins with college officials, he vowed to “bring the college to its knees.” He bought an SKS at a gun shop down the road, and obtained oversize clips and ammunition through the mail.

Obviously I have no answers in light of yesterday's horrific shootings but there is one thing I think we should consider. I think we should adopt a national policy on the part of the media and everything else to never, ever, ever speak or publish the name of anyone who does such a thing. They will only be referred to as "the fool" and they will be buried in an unmarked grave. No one will see their pictures from earlier times, no one will talk about them. They will be shunned by EVERYONE and pass from human memory without ever being given a single shred of fame/infamy.

Thanks for reading.

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