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Letters: Media makes murderers famous

5:54 PM, Jan. 17, 2013  |  Comments
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook. Authorities have identified Lanza as the gunman who killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Richard Novia, a one-time adviser to the technology club, verified that the photo shows Lanza. (AP Photo)
This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook. Authorities have identified Lanza as the gunman who killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Richard Novia, a one-time adviser to the technology club, verified that the photo shows Lanza. (AP Photo)

There are several ways to become famous. You can become a rock star, or you can go out and kill a bunch of people. If you kill children, then you will really make the headlines.

John Hinkley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan so Jodie Foster would know who he was. All mass shooters want their story known.

In Connecticut, they had a teenager who, for whatever reason, whether it was being bullied, rejected, abused, whatever the case (because in our society everyone's a victim ) wanted to teach a lesson to the rest of us. By plastering his name, picture and story all over the media, it succeeded in making him famous.

It makes for really great ratings, better than reality TV. The media is responsible for the deaths of all those killed.

If he was only known as "The Shooter," he wouldn't have left this world being famous. He would just be insignificant.

It amazes me that Chicago averages more than one murder every day and dozens are kids in drive-by shootings. And that's just the city of Chicago. The way Sandy Hook was exploited by the media, you would have thought murder is a oddity.

There are tens of thousand of murders in this country every year, and the media always likes to pull one out of the blue for a good story.

I want news, not reality TV. Be responsible.

Paul Hammen,

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