Have you ever noticed the disparate responses to mass shootings in the media? For instance, 9 innocent bystanders are shot on a playground in the South side of Chicago and the response is about thugs/gang bangers terrorizing their communities and how we need to increase the penalties for violent offenders.
In contrast, 9 people are killed in a massacre at a community college in Oregon, and the response is about how the shooter was mentally ill, how we need to invest into treating mental illness, and universal background checks for gun purchases.
When the shooter is a black inner city youth the reaction is to punish them, and when the murderer is a white suburban youth the response is to treat his illness and to punish gun manufacturers and gun shows. Does anyone ever consider the urban youth to be suffering from mental illness due to their upbringing of poverty and densely populated violent and drug infested areas?
Just my thoughts!
Halim A. Flowers