DO WE SEE THEM? DO WE GET TO KNOW THEM? DO WE HIDE THEM?
I feel that shying away from the shooters is not the best approach. When I think of a faceless, hulking, shadowy figure with a gun, hunting people in a zoo, he is far more terrifying (and likely to be fetishized) than seeing the shooters for exactly who they are: pathetic, mentally-unstable, hopelessly misled and unloved white boys with big guns. They should be painted as alt-right racist losers, the kind of evil people coming out of the woodwork in America right now. They are not at all powerful except for their weapons. They aren’t handsome, they aren’t well spoken, if anything we pity them. If there’s a way to address the ease with which they got the guns, that would be incredible - easy access to guns is part of the problem. This is scary, topical and delicate territory. And this is a conversation that should be continued at every turn in the development and production of this film.