Guns Replay: 5 Rules for Coping With Tragedy


Original release date: January 11, 2011

Tragedies like the mass shooting in Tucson at a public event organized by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) are horrifying enough on their own, but they also have a way of bringing out the worst in reporters and politicians. 

In fact, knee-jerk reactions often leave us with misconceptions and bad policies that stick around long after the healing has begun. 

And so presents: 5 Rules for Coping with Tragedy

Approximately 2.45 seconds

Produced by Ted Balaker; written by Balaker and Nick Gillespie.

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  1. Approximately 2.45 seconds

    Script: “Don’t suck.”


    Apparently, what you actually posted was the “extended dance version”, which is more like 2mins45secs. It’s all good…

  2. Tragedy: When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on,
    It’s tragedy. When the morning cries and you don’t know why,
    It’s hard to bear. With no one to love you, you’re goin’ nowhere.
    Tragedy: When you lose control and you got no soul,
    It’s tragedy. When the morning cries and you don’t know why,
    It’s hard to bear.
    With no one beside you, you’re goin’ nowhere.

  3. I have no trouble coping with other people’s tragedies. I know we’re all supposed to get our nuts in a bunch whenever something happens that “can’t happen here.” That attitude sells newspapers and air time. But in practical terms, if the bullet didn’t hit me or anyone I know, it’t not a tragedy – it’s just news.

    1. You are not alone. In a world where many die in horrors every day, I guess we’re supposed to single out the newsworthy ones for special emotional Dumbo Drops.

      Oh, I like that. Let’s totally get “Emotional Dumbo Drop” into the meme stream!

  4. They need to stop with the “America in mourning” bullcrap. Is anyone outside the Tuscon area, or even outside the friends and families of those involved in the shooting really sitting around *struggling* to come to terms with it?

    Or is it, for most people, random crazy shooter #2,315. Yeah, it’s sad a kid died and the congresswoman has brain damage, but am I getting emotional and in need of a healing speech from the President to make me get up in the morning? WTF is that?

    Honestly, if I have any interest it’s strictly technical: the extent to which Giffords’ brain will “rewire” itself (via neuroplasticity) around the bullet wound.

    1. No kidding. What a bunch of fucking nancies we are supposed to be. Some total stranger in a state I’ve never been to gets killed, and I’m supposed to prostrate with grief?

      Sure, I know the friends and family are hurting, and I feel bad for them, but its all pretty abstract. If I blow my emo wad over something like this, what am I supposed to do when somebody close to me dies?

      1. , what am I supposed to do when somebody close to me dies?

        Jump on his/her funeral pyre.

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