I heard about it shortly before putting the Siren: Blood Curse review online. Of course I was thinking to myself if it would be the right time to discuss a game which is based on another real massacre. But then again if we’d have these thoughts everytime something horrible happens just to prevent offending people, we’d never get something done.
PC aside, it is a horrible tragedy, but a tragedy which is bound to be exploited by the media and people who want to make themselves and their opinions heard and prominent. There is no bad thing about discussing these matters, it is absolutely necessary, but the way it is handled, is an entirely different affair. That’s why I haven’t and won’t include any photos of the victims’ families, a president’s tears or whatever else is made available to the public.
The media and some organizations will be quick about finding scapegoats (usually in other media), and people will try to make sense to find out what went on inside the guy’s head. There will be discussions about gun laws, about child protection, etc.
This is all well and good and needs to be discussed, but it doesn’t take care of the main problem: what made him do it?
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, for various reasons. And if one looks back at the Littleton Massacre there was a lot of talk, some with truth, some just horribly bad informed, but have we learned from it? Just taking a glance at criminal youths, about hard school life for those not-popular-kids, the outsiders (no matter in what country), there’s a bigger problem which can’t be solved by just stricter gun laws. It’s just as easy for someone to bring along a knife and stab a teacher or pupil to death. This might sound harsh, but that’s the reality.
Helplessness and trying to understand the tragedy go hand in hand. It’s good to know there’s still compassion people show to each other, even if they’re complete strangers. It’s also good to know certain things are put into the open, but it’s easy to call to arms with strong words and promises and much more difficult to handle the overall problem, to pull out the root of it all: how did it come to this?
Not to justify terrorism, but even 9/11 was an example how things escalated, how people’s hatred took over and how everything which wasn’t talked about, surfaced again. Only a few days ago there would have been a terrorist attack in Bonn, not so far away from where I live. A bomb at a train station. It was found, taken care of, but what if it had exploded? Maybe the media in Germany would have a harder time to decide what to cover more, where people’s interests lie. As hard as it sounds, but it’s also about selling the story, the stories, the explanations, discussions of experts, politicians and other organizations plus people directly affected by it.
I can’t explain it, I won’t try to explain it, I’d like to understand it, maybe I do, without justifying the killings, but in a way it takes quite a lot of anger and aggression to go that far. It doesn’t have anything to do with watching violent movies, playing “killer games”, being inspired by other media. It’s about someone with problems, deep problems, psychological problems. And these problems might just be the root of what is wrong with society today. Neglected, misunderstood, ignored. It’s sad, so let’s talk about this, trying to find reasons, but don’t let it stop there. It’s a tragedy which might not be forgotten in quite some time, the wound is still fresh, but it’s a tragedy which can happen anyway, not just in the land of the free.