1 The reaction of the anti-gun forces is so depressingly predictable, the arguments being put forth are so well-worn, the demonization of those who comprehend the importance of the Second Amendment so shameless and the misrepresentations are so familiar. I am considering just ignoring it this time, and referring anyone to the copious essays already written here tagged with Sandy Hook Ethics Train Wreck. Maybe I should just re-publish them after using a search and replace to switch Sandy Hook and New Town with “Las Vegas Strip.” I’m sure in future months we can look forward to testimony at various legislative hearings by family members of the slain and wounded, as our elected officials, as usual, choose to use emotion, sentiment and grief to ram through legislation that they could not and cannot justify if the public’s attention isn’t distorted. I was on the road most of yesterday: has Hillary shot off her mother yet? Obama? Piers Morgan? Jimmy Kimmel? Diane Feinstein? I honestly haven’t had a chance to check. How quickly did some predictable Ethics Alarms commenters use the tragedy to start attacking gun ownership? By the time I finish the Warm-Up, I’ll probably know. I’ve made a few wagers with myself…
2. Fake news, hoax postings and irresponsible rumor-mongering was rampant after the shooting. Is there any point in noting that ISIS, with its apparently false claim that this was one of its terror attacks, is unethical? How about 4chan, which deliberately pinned the crime on the wrong man, and habitually inaccurate conservative websites like The Gateway Pundit, which circulated the lies? Twitter users with the character of poorly raised reptiles also got in on the fun: From the New York Times:
In a telling exchange, Gianluca Mezzofiere of Mashable reached out to the operator of one Twitter account sharing misinformation and reported the following:
Mashable reached out to the troll to ask why he’s spreading misinformation during such a critical time.
“I think you know why,” he replied. “For the retweets :)”
When Mashable pointed out that it’s unethical to spread misinformation when people are desperately looking for their missing family and friends, he just said: “You are right I’m sorry.”
“Jack Sins” said he chose TheReportOfTheWeek (aka Reviewbrah) just because he’s a meme and tweeted Johnny Sins because he “is a living legend.”
Asked whether he’s done it before and whether he’d do it again, he replied:
“Yes and maybe.”
3. Yesterday, in the brief post I got out before my day was taken up by briefings of tech employees, observations of the stressful process of an expanding business trying to install an ethical culture as it suddenly multiplies its workforce, and being stuck for hours in construction on various highways, I mused about the shooting being conceivably related to the constant, escalating barrage of irresponsible rhetoric, anger and hate now marinating the public. Can anyone identify another tragedy where anyone in a position of responsibility and who was not already certifiable (Pat Robertson weighed in by saying that that the shooting was sparked by the rampant disrespect for the President, God and the National Anthem. I didn’t see that coming: Colin Kaepernick is at fault!) would publicly say something as idiotic as what former CBS executive and attorney Hayley Geftman-Goldwrote on Facebook?