Earlier this month a 24 year old murderer killed three Canadian police officers. This rare tragedy lead a Sun News reporter to look into similar murders in the US. You ask what does this have to do with Illinois? Your patience will be rewarded.
Sun News had taken a bold stand against the killer of those New Brunswick officers. They have vowed NOT to report the identity of the criminal. Even though other news outlets are reporting the name, Sun News will not give him the satisfaction. Unfortunately, too often these kinds of crimes are done for attention, notoriety, or fame. Sun News will not take part in giving a murder what he wants.
The reporter has an interesting view looking across the border into the US and the recent debate over mental illness, background checks, and gun rights. According to the reporter, and the facts about mass shootings. Mass murder in the United States accounts for less than 1% of all gun related deaths. The American media sources will always lead with a mass murder, but rarely will a gang shooting make the evening news. Many will say if it bleeds it leads, while true the US media will lead with the deaths that fit the story they are trying to tell. Not all murder is created equal.
I promised your patiences would be rewarded, let’s come all the way back around to Illinois. Specifically Chicago, where more people are violently murdered each year, than in all mass shootings that same year. A string of killings in Chicago is business as usual, and is not newsworthy. But should the same number of people be shot down in one location in a small suburban town it’s national news. And with any gun crime on the national scene, be prepared for the gun control crowd to hit the airwaves before the names of the victims have even been released.
I commend the reporter for the Sun News for the objective look at a horrible crime in Canada. Making an active decision to report on the incident, and refuse to identify the killer is unheard of in US new circles. The outsiders comparison of US mass shootings when compared to gun violence in Chicago is something that would not be reported here in Illinois.