Now, I don’t usually have cause to complain about The Guardian and the ethics of their reporting but something’s caught my eye today.
Yesterday, related the the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, they ran a story about The Samaritans reissuing their advice to the reporting of suicides. As The Guardian ran the piece, I assumed that they agreed with their stance.
The Samaritans have detailed guidelines on reporting suicide, including to avoid technical details or speculation of the method. The guidance warns against reporting suspected reasons for a suicide and advises not to disclose the contents of any suicide note.
So, today I see this, which contains:
One of three apparent suicide notes left by the nurse at the centre of the royal hoax phone call criticised staff at the King Edward VII hospital where she worked, the Guardian has learned.
Come on now, Guardian. You should be better than that.
Only in America could a man challenge the idea that everyone is free to carry a handgun and be castigated for it.
Bob Costas, a famed US sports presenter, was speaking following the tragic case of KC Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who shot and killed his girlfriend then himself before the Chiefs’ game on Saturday.
Now, do I believe that we need more comprehensive and more sensible gun control legislation? Yes I do. That doesn’t mean repeal the second amendment. That doesn’t mean a prohibition on someone having a gun to protect their home and their family. It means sensible and more comprehensive gun control legislation. But even if you had that, you would still have the problem of what Jason Whitlock wrote about, and what I agree with. And that is a gun culture in this country.
Jason Whitlock, referred to, had previously said:
Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.
I’m not sure that it should be controversial to state that gun control should be “more sensible”. If he said that it should be less sensible, that’s stupid, but more sensible? What’s the problem? The problem is enshrined into US law. The 2nd amendment to the constitution of the United States includes the following:
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Patriots, republicans, people who like the status quo and idiots are all agreed that guns should be free to be carried around.
Sensible folk will agree with this from Bob Costas, instead:
Give me one example of an athlete – I know it’s happened in society – but give me one example of a professional athlete who by virtue of his having a gun, took a dangerous situation and turned it around for the better. I can’t think of a single one. But sadly, I can think of dozens where by virtue of having a gun, a professional athlete wound up in a tragic situation.
The ready, easy availability of guns makes mayhem easier. If somebody points out that the country has a problem with nutrition and obesity, that doesn’t mean they’re going to ban fast food. But they are making you aware of some of the dangers and hoping to moderate peoples’ behavior. And if nothing else, even if some people disagree with me or misinterpret what I said, if it started a conversation then I think that’s a good thing.