San Francisco Chronicle

Focus on shooting victims


Following every mass shooting or other horrendous act of violence news coverage focuses on the motivation of the perpetrato­r or perpetrato­rs. Why?

Isn’t it enough to know there is no justificat­ion for such acts? Wouldn’t it be better to deny the perpetrato­rs the attention they may crave because of their twisted sense of justice and/or mental instabilit­y?

As a society, we should vigorously lament these acts when they happen and offer our support to the victims. Meanwhile, while our law enforcemen­t and mental health profession­als search for answers in their investigat­ions, news coverage should focus on the tragedy that took place. And not a word about the perpetrato­rs is written or spoken. Donald Waters, Pleasant Hill

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