“We’re calling them ‘active shooters'”

esq-shooters-1212-xlgAnother very good and forward-looking article. It is about the shooting – or shooters in general – but in a broad social context rather than a specific what-we-should-do-about-it context, and it mercifully does not take a stance on or even mention any of the controversial buzzword issues. Just more food for thought.

Why We Can’t Stop Rampage Shooters by Tom Junod

(includes very perceptive commentary from NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelley)

An excerpt from the piece:

If he lives in Queens, and if he started his journey in, say, Pakistan, we will call him a terrorist, and have a reasonable chance of stopping him before he kills anyone. If he lives in an American town instead of an American city, and started his journey in his American bedroom, we will call him a “shooter” and we have almost no chance of stopping him at all. We will only find out about him after he has turned his geographic particulars into a nightmarish shorthand — “Aurora,” “Tuscon,” and, of course, “Columbine” — and after the horror he unleashed has been doubled by our helpless knowledge that it fell within a rhythm of horrors, nearly a schedule of horrors, with many more yet to come.

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