I was asked a question this morning: “I know why the story out of Aurora was wall-to-wall news on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was — still is — horrifying. But why is this story out of Goliad, Texas, worth hardly a mention?”
The story — all of three paragraphs in the paper — starts this way: “Fourteen illegal immigrants were killed Sunday outside this rural South Texas town after the pickup truck they were riding in veered off a highway and struck two trees, authorities said.”
I didn’t answer the question very well. I mentioned that Aurora was planned and purposeful where Goliad was, presumably, accidental. I said something about people everywhere being able to identify with the Aurora killings because they can see themselves in a movie theater. Can they see themselves in the back of a pickup with 22 other people? Probably not.
But I don’t think I got it exactly right. Twelve dead; 14 dead. All of the victims doing nothing that should have gotten them killed. One predominantly white people, one illegal immigrants. One a Denver suburb, one a town in the middle of nowhere. One guns, one an overloaded pickup.
All innocent human beings.
Give me a better response to the question.