This may sound nitpicky, but I've lately convinced myself that I don't really like the term “mass shooter” to describe when someone goes into a building with the intent to kill a lot of people. Let me explain why.
First off, I'm a shooter. I go to the range on a regular basis to go shooting. The term “mass shooter” or “shooting spree” is not good because there is a negative connotation there that cannot be ignored. That negative connotation is attached to the word “shooter” or “shooting.”
I'm a shooter who goes shooting at the gun range on a weekly basis. In fact, I'm scheduled to go tomorrow.
Do these people think of themselves as shooters? Or, do they think of themselves as killers, murderers?
While that's meant to be a rhetorical question because I don't believe any of us who haven't killed innocent people could know, I'm pretty sure these killers don't consider it “target practice.” In other words, they don't go into the building to hone their shooting skills.
Instead, what their motive is, to at least some degree, is murder. Death. Killing. Therefore, their intent is not to shoot, but to kill. So, let's call an apple an apple, an orange an orange, and a grape a grape. Let's call these people what they are …
These people are not mass shooters, they're mass killers. Or, mass murderers.
Anyone who goes to the gun range to shoot can be considered a shooter. What we cannot be considered as, is a killer or murderer.
Second, when a baddie uses something other than a gun, let's say a car, they're not called a mass driver. If it's a knife, rarely is it called mass stabbing (though in full transparency I have heard that term used). Baseball bat killers are not called mass batters. See where I'm going? They're almost always called killers. Or, murderers.
So, why on earth are we allowing the media to sway us to use a term like mass shooter? Or, shooting spree? Let's call these psychos what they are: Killers. Murderers. Leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.
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