Look, I don’t want to be a knee-jerking, Daily Mail quoting, hang-’em-and-flog-’em type person, but am I imagining things? Does there seem to be an upsurge in this sort of thing lately? Or the media becoming more attuned to the situation and filling a 24-hour news cycle with EVERY violent incident that happens in the UK?
Or maybe it doesn’t matter when you really boil things down. Are these deaths symptomatic of a culture of violence, or does the coverage just reflect a culture of fear? Whatever. The fact is, people are dead, and any one of these incidents alone is too many. When we start looking at things as a ‘wave of violence’ (or whatever), we lose sight of the individuals, their identities, the people they leave behind. And that’s almost a crime against their memory, against their lives. People aren’t statistics.
Of course, this post may just be contributing towards that.
Difficult, isn’t it?