I’m allegedly upset.

It’s been nearly a week since the horrible theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.  Memorials are beginning, survivors are beginning to talk, and the media is thrilled to have a story to report and rehash over and over.

I have a big issue with one word the major media have been using: alleged.  I know that in the United States, our legal system is set up to presume that a person is innocent until proven guilty.  But this guy didn’t allegedly kill twelve people – he killed twelve people.  Nobody is disputing the fact that he is the guy who did it.  He is not an “alleged gunman” or and “alleged murderer.”  He is a murderer.

In a similar vein, let’s get rid of the word  tragedy, too.  A tragedy indicates that somebody has achieved greatness and then falls because of his own weakness.  It seems to me that a man who plans so intricately to kill random civilians is not a tragic hero of any sort.

He is a true coward and a true murderer – not an alleged one.


(EDIT:  I purposely refrain from using the name of the killer.  He does not deserve the fame we are so quick to bestow on him.)

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