(Closed) Media needs to change it's language about "shooters"

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Amen!!!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Sunshine09:  i second this!!!! You are totally right!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think the trouble is, in order to call someone a murderer, there has to be a trail first. If someone shoots someone else, they are not automatically considered a murderer.

I’m just trying to explain why the media uses language like that. I totally agree with what you are saying.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@DeathByDesign:  +1, plus so little is known when the story first comes out.  I don’t think anyone is forgiving Adam Lanza, do you think they’re forgiving him by saying it may be attributed to a mental illness?

Like you said, a mass murder is not the normal so something is wrong here.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is also an issue of assigning guilt.  In this case, it was clear cut.  But there is the possibility that the shooter’s identity is unknown, or that the victims’ status (dead or alive) is unknown.  With our criminal justice system of “innocent until proven guilty,” it’s difficult to call someone a murderer without the justice system saying it.  Newspapers that do can be later sued for libel.  Like they probably will be, since they misidentified the “shooter” as the brother of the actual killer.   You also can’t call someone a “mass murderer” if you can’t confirm death, and that clear announcement by a medical examiner/doctor doesn’t come until sometimes hours later.  (Sometimes, in this case, it seemed to come quickly.)

I completely get what you’re saying, and think that there needs to be an overhaul of the terminology, but you’ll run into some legal snafus on some less-clear cut cases.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@mchitt329:  I agree.  I don’t believe that anyone is forgiving him.  Offering an explanation of why behvior occurs =/= forgiveness.  I also don’t believe that changing the language from “shooter” to anything else is going to change anything.  I don’t believe identifying someone as a “shooter” is any more or less glorifying than “murderer” or whatnot.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think people need to stop discussing this individual and giving him the eternal infamy and fame he’s getting. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I totally agree with the fact that they need to be called what they are, murderers. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with forgiving them. Forgiveness isn’t saying that what they did is okay. It means that you can move on and not have hate in your life. I know a lot of people don’t agree with that but I, personally, have to forgive people. No matter the situation, forgiveness has everything to do with your heart. The killer doesn’t care if they are hated, not forgiving them doesnt do anythign to them. If they cared they wouldn’t kill people to begin with.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sunshine09:  I believe they do this to try to make themselves get over the tragedy easier.  Harboring hatred makes you a hateful person, a lot of the time.  It’s very noble when people can get over the hatred to focus on the hurt.  Did you know most of the families of 9/11 victims did not support the death penalty for the 22nd hijacker?  A person’s capacity to forgive is a true mark of dignity and grace (IMO).

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