“You look at the mainstream media … after the Parkland shooting, [and] it was round-the-clock coverage of the students calling for aggressive gun control because that happens to be the political agenda of most of the media. In this case, where the students aren’t calling for that, suddenly . . . the media isn’t interested in covering it.” —Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Daily Signal Interview, May 2018
The town of Santa Fe, Texas, experienced a tragedy that has become all too common in our times: the murder of 10 people, including eight students, by a disturbed individual. Then the town experienced something that added insult to their injuries: a callous media that couldn’t be bothered to tell their story.
The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s news outlet, went back to the town three months after the media had forgotten them. We told a story that many networks wouldn’t: most Santa Fe survivors don’t blame guns for that horrible day in May. They blame the shooter and poor security procedures at the school. Here are just some of the things they had to say:
“I think what people need to realize is that it’s not solely a gun issue. You can’t make stricter gun laws or stuff like that and expect it all to go away. People will break the rules if they want to.”
— Grace John, Student, Santa Fe High School.
“We believe that mental health is a big deal. We have to change people’s hearts and people’s minds, how people see each other.”
— Annabelle O’ Day, Student, Santa Fe High School
“I don’t think [arming teachers is] the end-all by any stretch. I don’t think it’s the magic answer. But I will say this. I truly wanted that pistol in my hand”
–Steve Rose, Teacher, Santa Fe High School
A political stance shouldn’t decide whether a story is worth telling. Were it not for the generous giving of Heritage donors, only the media’s favored victims would be heard. Thank you for giving them a voice, and not just a headline.
Given that so many stories go untold, what stories would you want to see the Daily Signal cover?