Another Day, Another Mass Shooting in America: CNN’s Report on the 3 Levels of Caring About Issues of Violence

Another day and another mass shooting in America and the latest is at a Church,  with about 30 death. This comes a month after Las Vegas that saw some 60 people killed. But again, Americans expect the issue to be forgotten until the next mass shooting (in fact, by definition of mass shorting that 4 or more are killed, there is a mass shooting in America every day).  So why does not more American care, so something will be done to stop this?

The following report from CNN is very interesting. The report uses study into the WW2 bombing of London to identify three level of caring about issues involving lots of repetitive violence and death.


The following is from CNN

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Why the apathy?

Until gun violence impacts your family directly, you won’t care enough to do something about it. There’s a ton of research to explain this apathy.

After World War II, the famous Cambridge psychologist J.T. MacCurdy studied an interesting phenomenon about the bombings in London in 1940 and 1941.

He found that people affected by the bombings fell into three categories: those who died, those who were a “near miss” (who closely witnessed the horror of the bombings but lived), and those who had a “remote miss” (people who may have heard the sirens, but were removed from the direct scene of the bombing).

Here’s what’s interesting. MacCurdy found the people who witnessed a “near miss” were deeply affected by the bombing — while the “remote miss” group felt invincible and even excited.

They were far enough away from the event and had survived, leading them to feel invulnerable and no longer scared.

Until you’ve experienced a “near miss,” it’s easy for your mind to compartmentalize mass shootings that you hear about — thinking they will never affect you.

I thought guns were fun. Then my loved ones became victims

I thought guns were fun. Then my loved ones became victims

A great example of this is country musician Caleb Keeter, who performed at the concert in Las Vegas and experienced a near miss. He now cares:

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night… We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.”

For Keeter, it became directly personal. The brutal question we all face is this one — when will gun violence become personal for a majority of Americans?

Twenty children and six adults killed in Newtown wasn’t enough to make us change. They weren’t our kids or relatives.

Forty-nine young adults dancing at Pulse wasn’t enough to make us change. Those weren’t our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.

Fifty-eight country music fans in Vegas weren’t enough to make us change either. We weren’t in the audience.

And the 26 churchgoers in Texas won’t be enough to make us change either.

The truth is, in a few days, the news cycle will change and life will go on.


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