Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes is an emotional, educational thriller. In addressing the tragedy of mass shootings at school, Picoult does a great job illustrating the experiences of many sides of the tragedy, while showing how each major player got to where they were when it happened. The way she goes between the present, the day of, and the past, tells a vivid, complex story.
On Friday, it was announced that Officer Ron Helus, who died at the mass shooting at the Borderline bar, was killed by another police officer. According to the medical report, Officer Helus was shot six times, but the fatal round was fired by a member of the California Highway Patrol.
The verdict for this episode is: I don’t care.
Sadly, the big story of the day is yet another mass shooting. As I write, we know a 46-year-old white man (I won’t write his name) with a long history of antisemitic posting online shot at least 12 people in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue.Currently, reports are saying four of the 12 victims have died. Six victims are injured. Four of the injured are police officers. Two of the injured are dealing with serious injuries. Obviously, this is a fluid situation. What we know will update and change.
The verdict for this episode is: dozens of other countries have violent video games.
The verdict for this episode is: arming teachers only makes sense if you’re willing to have your child shot.
The verdict for this episode is: everyone is a law abiding citizen–until they aren’t.
In episode 002 of Jonathan’s Verdicts, I demonstrate why America needs a complete gun ban.
Several factors make it difficult to get a handle on the number and frequency of mass shootings in America. Mass shootings that occurred before the advent of the Internet are difficult to track. Also, different researchers use different definitions of what constitutes a mass shooting.