Gunman = Criminal?

This story illustrated an interesting fnord.  The headline is “Virginia Tech Gunman …”

Why call him a gunman?  Why not call him a murderer?  A murder-suicide?

The word “gunman” contains an interesting bit of pro-State brainwashing.  “People who carry guns (and aren’t policemen) are criminals.”

That’s an interesting bit of spin.  The use of the word “gunman” emphasis a bit of pro-State brainwashing, “People who carry guns are evil.”

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