An important piece of the puzzle was missing
My latest rant/criticism is directed at the major media outlets in the Roanoke area. It has to do with the coverage of Colin Goddard. He is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings. He was in Blacksburg this week showing his documentary called "Living for 32."
Part of the documentary shares his experiences of being shot four times and his road to recovery. The documentary also follows his crusade for stricter gun laws. Goddard used hidden cameras to show how easy it is to buy guns at a gun show without a background check.
Here's what was missing from all the coverage that I saw and read. We failed to point out that the Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho didn't actually buy his gun at a gun show. He bought it legally from a gun shop in Roanoke. When I brought this up in our editorial meeting, one of my colleagues questioned whether we need to say that everytime we do a story about gun control and the Virginia Tech shootings. He feels it sounds repetitive and thinks most people already know that Cho didnt buy a gun at the gun show. I disagree. Most of the students currently at Virginia Tech weren't there during the shootings and maybe unfamiliar with some of the details from that day.
The news media often receives criticism that we are a bunch of liberals who hate guns and want stricter gun control. I am not sure that is true and quite frankly I don't think I could change your mind if you feel that way. However, I can see why gun advocates/gun owners feel that we are unfair when we fail to mention that Cho didn't buy his gun at a gun show. I am not saying the reporters who worked on this story are gun control advocates and purposely left it out. I am just saying that piece of information needed to be in there and for that reason we made a mistake.