Guardian reporter suggests ways media could cover mass shootings without blaming the NRA

Here’s a lengthy but thought-provoking thread posted over the weekend by Lois Beckett, a senior reporter for the Guardian’s U.S. edition. Using the recent Thousand Oaks shooting that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, she suggests that the media could focus as much on solutions to mass shootings as they do the incidents themselves.

What most intrigued us about her thread is the NRA is not assumed to be the enemy. How many cable news outlets drag out anti-NRA activist David Hogg after every mass shooting to get his input? And let’s not even talk about that CNN “town hall” on Parkland that turned into a show trial.

Anyway, here’s Beckett’s suggestion for fellow members of the media:

Again, agree or disagree, but how refreshing to believe the media might not give a megaphone to anti-NRA activists every time there’s a shooting but instead report on all the red flags that were missed and how not to miss them the next time.

Crazy, isn’t it?

Unlike David Hogg and his crew, Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow Pollack in the Parkland shooting, doesn’t blame the NRA but the people and institutions that let the shooting happen, from the school board and its PROMISE program to Sheriff Scott Israel and his lack of leadership.

But do you ever hear any of Pollack’s #FixIt solutions on cable TV?


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