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.)