School Shooting Atrocity

Not a tragedy. Tragedies are natural; atrocities take sentience and will. Calling it a “tragedy” makes it sound like it “just happened;” when we report or comment on events like this, we need to remember that someone *did* these things, that human motivations were behind the deaths and injuries and other trauma.

Saying “only a monster could do such things; he couldn’t be human” DOES NOT HELP. It not only absolves him of responsibility (monsters can’t help being monsters); it fails to offer any way for us to prevent similar events in the future. We can plan for hurricanes and tornadoes, mitigate their effects; we can’t stop them. Calling mass shootings “tragedies” implies that they are something to endure, not something to stop.

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