I was just on the phone with a radio person I have worked with in the past. We had an appointment to talk, and we covered a few items. One question she asked me was about the NRA shutting everything down and being silent. My reply:
I have had no communications, but I am aware that the NRA, a few other organizations, and most conservative legislators have gone silent. My speculation, and it is purely my best guess, is that they are following their pattern of showing respect for the families and other victims. I expect that after the bulk of services, and maybe after Christmas, they will be back with responsible comments.
I will be speaking to her tomorrow morning, and she indicated that she wants to get me back to the station later this week.
One thing I am fed up with, and based on my grief support and critical stress debriefing education and facilitation it is time to quit showing photos of the dead, quit talking to anybody that will talk, and quit stalking the funerals (two today) as they take place. Give the families privacy - The number one request the Patriot Guard receives for active duty deaths is to "shield us from the public and media." There are a group of people that need to be there and to participate, and we do need to know to a certain level. But, the families, relatives, and friends need to work through this without looking up at the microscope lens.