In 2012, the latest year for which I found statistics, 13 people were murdered in Charleston, S.C., compared to Chicago, where there were just over 400 people murdered, and in Los Angeles there were over 250.
The tragedy of the people recently murdered in the church in Charleston is not greater than all those other people killed. And that is only mentioning two cities. How about other cities where hundreds die every year at the hands of criminals?
I think to make news of this insane little twerp’s viciousness hands him the notoriety and feeling of accomplishment he sought. Rather, he should be denied having his name on the news, and everything about him should remain as anonymous as the perpetrators of all those other murders.
The president of the NAACP on Face the Nation kept referring to him as “this young man.” His behavior didn’t exemplify a man, and he doesn’t deserve to be called one. We ought to come up with some generic term by which to call anyone who kills people and call them all by the same term; making no distinction between them. To them, bad publicity is just as satisfying as good publicity.
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Sheila Ford, Caldwell