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  •  Where do I ever claim that the viewers (0+ / 0-)

    have blood on their hands? You are attacking a straw man.

    The premise here is that the ones with blood on their hands are the mainstream news media who choose to cover these killings in a way as to lionize and pseudo-worship the killers. There is a difference between what the news networks choose to report and what viewers choose to pay attention to. As an analogy, we can ask who is more to blame for the drug addiction epidemic in this country; the drug users, or the drug dealers?

    Finally, you are again making a straw man about my example of evolution and creationism. Whether or not the evidence supports evolution or creationism is exactly what is used to support or refute their validity. Evolution proponents do not simply dismiss creationism because "it is simply a theory," they argue on the lack of evidence, or they criticize what evidence does get put forward. It is only creation proponents who try to do so; they dismiss evolution as just a theory because they do not want to get into a more complex argument about what exactly is wrong with the evidence.

    Your whole argument is that as long as something is "just a theory," you do not need to even get to the point of whether or not there is any evidence, or any weaknesses in the evidence.

    If you were to argue that there is no evidence that the way the media covers these mass killings motivates these killers, then we could discuss whether or not that is true. However, just like creationists, you dismiss the idea without going into the merits of the evidence. This is what creationists do because they would rather cut the debate off before it even begins.

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