Dennis Praeger asks a few questions which have often occurred to me upon reading press reports of these kinds of incidents.
Question 1: Why are murderers always counted in the victims tally?
The day after the mass murder of students at Northern Illinois University (NIU), the headline in the closest major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, was: “6 Dead in NIU Shooting.”
“6 dead” included the murderer. Why wasn’t the headline “5 killed at NIU”?
It is nothing less than moronic that the media routinely lump murderers and their victims in the same tally.
This is something entirely new. Until the morally confused took over the universities and the news media, murderers were never counted along with their victims. To give a military analogy, can one imagine a headline like this in an American newspaper after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor: “2,464 Dead in Pearl Harbor Attack”? After all, 55 Japanese airmen and nine Japanese crewmen also died in the attack. …
Question 3: Why are “shooter” and “gunman” used instead of “killer” or “murderer”?
If a murderer used a knife to murder five students, no news headlines would read, “Knifeman Kills Five.” So why always “shooter” and “gunman”?
The most obvious explanation is that by focusing on the weapon used by the murderer, the media can further their anti-gun agenda.