Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Aurora, Colo., movie-theater shooting during 'The Dark Knight Rises' premiere
No respect for the victims
Apparently Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times has no idea what the term journalist or journalism means, nor does the Los Angeles Times.
The article she wrote regarding the use of the coward’s name contained approximately 20 paragraphs, which used his name 10 times [“Campaign to curb Aurora suspect’s fame mounts,” News, July 26]. What a lack of respect for the victims, survivors, their family, friends and millions of Americans.
As a journalist, Hennessy-Fiske and the Los Angeles Times could have simply edited the coward’s name in quoted remarks.
Her article could simply have stated something like this, “In honor of those lost, the survivors, their family and friends, we have blanked out (edited) the coward’s name in our article and quotations from others,” as a show of respect.
I find it refreshing that educated leaders such as President Barack Obama and Gov. John Hickenlooper, to name a few, honored those requests from the family and survivors.
Maybe it’s time we follow the advice of sociology and criminology professors like Jack Levin who stated, “They want desperately go down in infamy. Too often, we give them exactly what they crave,” in reference to these monsters in our society.
— Richard Lambert, Auburn
I fully agree with Andy Anderson’s statement regarding additional gun legislation not preventing further violence such as occurred in Colorado [“Gun laws don’t stop intent,” Northwest Voices, seattletimes.com, July 27].
There are too many guns out there already for mere legislation to be effective. Alas, Anderson contends that if someone with a concealed -weapon permit and a gun had been in the theater, they might have been able to stop the bloodshed. Give me a break! Shooting a pistol at a paper target in a firing range is very different from the environment of the theater that night. The room was darkened. Tear gas filled the air. Frantic people scrambled to save their lives. I doubt Anderson has any experience with tear gas, and I doubt that he has experienced the terror of being under fire firsthand.
As a Marine in Vietnam, I have. I know that even one of our vaunted Navy Seals would have had difficulty making the kill shot under those conditions. It was pure chaos. A civilian with a concealed-weapon permit and a gun most likely would have fired away causing even more causalities. A permit and a gun do not make you a professional.
We Americans suffer from a severe “cowboy” mentality, believing that with a gun in hand, we can control any situation, just like John Wayne did — groups like the National Rifle Association encourage that mentality. People will continue to die, but not from an excessive number of gun legislations preventing self-defense as Anderson seems to believe, but from an excessive number of guns.
— Gary Wallace, Kent