ABC's Martha Raddatz calls on journalists not to become "numb" to the seriousness of gun violence
Raddatz: "We have become too numb to it all ... That, perhaps, includes us as journalists, who rush to cover the latest shooting and then move on to the next headline"
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From the June 18 edition of ABC's This Week:
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MARTHA RADDATZ (HOST): As we have noted, there was a striking show of unity after that shooting at an early morning baseball practice for Republican members of Congress. Lawmakers joining together in a moment of prayer on the baseball field before the annual charity game went on as planned. But one player says he felt conflicted about being there as a fellow member of Congress was lying in the hospital in critical condition. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy has played on the Democratic team for the past decade. On Facebook, he asked, "What does it say about us as a country that we can so easily move on from such a seemingly cataclysmic event? Are we so jaundiced to gun violence and mass shootings that it only takes us 24 hours now to revert back to business as usual?" Senator Murphy is right. We have become too numb to it all. Massively desensitized to the carnage, as he put it. That, perhaps, includes us as journalists, who rush to cover the latest shooting and then move on to the next headline. We've marked the anniversary of some of those most devastating attacks recently. Last Monday, one year since the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Forty-nine killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. And yesterday marked two years since nine were killed at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Those mass shootings are seared in our collective memory, but in the past week alone, 262 people have lost their lives to gun violence across the U.S., 559 more wounded. Consider that, 262 killed in one week. So today, we think of Congressman Steve Scalise [(R-LA)], as well as Matt Mika and Capitol Police officer Crystal Greiner, who are all still hospitalized after Wednesday's senseless shooting. But we should also pause this morning to remember each and every life cut short by violence in our country because, as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it this week, an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.