This is a side-effect and as they go I have to say that I am growing to enjoy blissful ignorance of such things that ultimate do not matter in my life.
Interestingly, a few days later I actually go to look it up on the internet & being a few days behind, the headlines are now all about reactions to the event.
Here are two examples of blatant opportunism that I absolutely find offensive but are to be expected, tolerated and somehow complimented and admired (!?) :
Illinois Man Brings Crosses to Site Of Shooting, one for each victim.
President Obama visits victims
In the first case, Greg Zanis is a self-aggrandizing Christian Zealot from another state. He makes a point of 'undertaking a 16 hour drive' in his truck to deliver crosses to a murder scene. He did this for the Columbine shootings and now felt the need to "come back".
- Are all of the victims Christian? Would they actually appreciate this gesture personally?
- On whose property are these crosses being erected?
- Who the hell is Greg Zanis & why is he interested to begin with?
- Why does he feel the need to tell people "Zanis cares"? Is this really about the victims or is he just showboating how much he cares?
- It is to be noted that the first time he did his he put up 15 crosses, including 2 for the shooters - which an angry father of one of the victims came & tore down. So you might say that his efforts have already offended people. Why did he do it again?
In the second case - yes every politician since the dawn of time uses tragedy for a photo opportunity to look like they are doing something about it.
- What exactly is his presence doing to help the situation?
- What exactly would be do, ever, at all, about preventing this from happening again in the future?
- His statement about the killer being forgotten quickly & the victims being remembered in the long run might have been met with : "Really? Can you name any victims from similar incidents?"
- There are pictures of him smiling with the victims. Does anyone else find this inappropriate?
- Yet another case of "Obama can not resist the lure of the camera". I don't care what side of the political spectrum you butter your bread - you have to admit that the guy loves to be on TV.
Sadly, I still don't know a lot about the actual incident, as I've been so distracted by the bum-rush of opportunists swarming in like seagulls from receding waves.