SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — KOLR10 is wrapping up a Courageous Conversation on gun violence in schools.
“It’s such a polarizing issue,” Chuck Maulden, the news director at KOLR10. “And we thought, can we at least provide some information? For dialogue to happen.”
Over the last two weeks, KOLR10 has looked at several angles to school shootings and violence.
Among many, we’ve talked to people on both sides of the gun debate school leaders about safety measures and psychological experts about what makes someone want to harm others, especially in a school environment.
But not everyone is able to see every report and not everyone shares the same opinions about our coverage.
We want to bring you this KOLR10 insider to give you an example of some of the feedback that we received from this Courageous Conversation.
Cheryl wrote saying, “thank you for giving some helpful info. Instead of shouting your opinions you gave us facts that would help us be informed of the decisions we make.”
But others like Rocky contacted us saying, “your continued efforts to try to violate the second amendment with your reporting violates the constitution.”
Marcus said, “Courageous? What a joke. What does the media have to gain from being opponents of God-given liberties? I wonder.”
Maulden offered these thoughts about our reporting:
“We’re not out here to change anybody’s mind,” Maulden said. “We just want to make sure if you’re going to take a second look at this issue and decide what you think about it, you probably need to hear a lot of voices. Hear from people, experts, the average person, the average gun owner, the average person who doesn’t like guns. It’s not so much the polarizing issue of gun control, and the second amendment as it is, our kids are stuck in the middle of this. So how do we strengthen our schools? Be aware?”
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Broadcast Journalism Pioneer Fred Friendly once said, “our job is not to make up anybody’s mind but to make the agony of decision making so intense that you can escape only by thinking.”