Words Today…Headlines Tomorrow

Brief Summary 

Death is not a topic most people like to discuss, especially when it stems from a source of murder. However, I felt compelled to write about it today given recent events in which a man decided to Facebook Live himself killing an innocent man. The murderer who will remain nameless, because he deserves no honorable mentions, posted multiple videos of himself discussing how he felt unwanted and how nobody could listen to him, yet he listened to everyone else. This all stemmed from a breakup with a lady whom he had been with for the past 3 years, according to his postings. He blamed her and his mother for his actions. The video which finally drew notice to him, portrays him picking out a random man walking along the street, in which he gets out of his car, talks briefly with him and then shoots him dead. The video is both graphic and heartbreaking, to say the least.

The Things We Can’t Always See

According to a recent statistic posted in 2014, roughly 42.5 million people or 18.2% of the U.S. population suffer from some form of mental disorder. I’m unsure whether this information is registered or not, though I assume it is. Not being a doctor or psychologist, I can’t really discuss the details of these findings either, or the treatments and solutions being proposed to help people and to what effect they are having. However, I can say definitely that no mental disorder should result in the taking of innocent lives. Whether it is one person or multiple people, such as previous events which include, but are not limited to the Virginia Tech shooting (2007), Auroa shooting (2012), Sandy Hook (2012), and this most recent publicized incident. Not having a mental disorder personally, I could be completely off basis, but I truly don’t believe any voices one might hear or mental impairments warrant taking innocent people lives, regardless of whether someone upsets you or not. However, all murders might not possess mental impairments at all, I don’t know, still doesn’t justify it.

Cowardly Acts of Injustice

I don’t agree with suicide, I just don’t. I know that there are people who go through a multitude of things and that the feeling can feel overwhelming at times. I realize that for some people, it may feel like things will NEVER get any better. That still doesn’t justify killing one’s self in my opinion though, let along taking other innocent lives before taking your own. The recent media headline guy talked about feeling unwanted and basically neglected, which to say the least is sad to hear. However, he should have sought out further help from other people, instead of only limiting himself to those closest to him. I know it’s easier said than done, but there are anonymous hotlines (1-800-273-8255) and resources available to people all the times, so for him to feel that way and feel there was no one there for him is bullshit to me. However, in highly publicize cases, people feel that it isn’t enough to simply end their own life, but to inflict pain and terror on other people before ending their life. That to me is very selfish. It leaves families devastated, never truly having a justified motive and closure to why their family member was targeted. It also leaves the murder’s family asking similar questions and wondering what could have been done to avoid this. While that may have been the motive, I can’t help but feel that there were other alternatives available.

Have the Discussion

In closing, I implore you to listen a little more keenly to your loved ones and those whom you associate with on a daily basis. Offer to help when you’re able and let them know that you can be a voice of comfort when times are rough. You may not hold all the right answers, but that can mean the world and go a lot further for people who feel like they have no one. Also, when serious comments and gestures are made in regards to possible threatening events, attempt to persuade that person against doing so and if need be alert the authorities or proper health officials. It always appears with these type of incidents, that there were telltale signs and other warnings in advance that could have prevented things from happening. I also know that seeking outside help might sound like betraying one’s trust, but it can also be a blessing in disguise, as it might allow that person to receive the proper help they need and prevent a senseless tragedy from happening, no matter what the scale of impact might be.


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