The Lessons Of Aurora


This is not a good week to be a journalist.

Watching the massive 24/7 coverage of the massacre in Aurora, Colo., coverage that will only serve to inspire some future twisted male mind to seek infamy -- to die hated but not unnoticed -- one cannot help but be disgusted.

As journalists, it's understood to be our duty to do things like call up a mother in San Diego to inform her that her son killed 12 people, all so we can then report endlessly on what her cryptic response means or did not mean.

Airtime must be filled; an explanation must be found.

The movie theater mass murderer was a child of upper-middle class, educated, affluent and apparently loving parents, with an umblemished record. In high school he was somewhat quiet, but had a circle of close friends. By graduate school, he appears to be always alone, but still smiling, polite, helpful. He studied the neurological roots of mental illness.

If you must speculate, it sounds a lot like schizophrenia, which typically emerges in late adolescence or young adulthood.

But what does that explain, when 99.9999 percent of schizophrenics never pick up a gun and murder anyone?

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