Quiet, Please

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

It didn’t take long after news broke this morning of the theater shooting for Twitter to explode with ridiculousness. Who’s to blame?! “Rush Limbaugh” was immediately tweeted. (Maybe the guy who shot the gun is the responsible party?) Only stricter gun-control laws can prevent the next shooting! You can’t actually pass a law that will ban evil though . . .

Moments like this give the 24/7 media participant pause.

When I raised the possibility of a little silence instead of adding to the madness on Twitter, of course, the response was angry repudiation of a media elite trying to shut down the conversation. No, sometimes silence — maybe a prayer for victims — is just appropriate.

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