Quick note: I know the difference between passive and active sentence construction. The stories chronicled in this feature do not, by and large, contain passive sentence construction. This TTAG category centers on the way jobbing journos refer to the victims/perpetrators of negligent discharges – especially police and children. They make the victims/perpetrators seem like passive victims of evil guns. For an example, I offer this chicago.cbslocal.com headline: Officer Shot In Foot During Near North Side Chase. You know where this one’s going . . .
A Chicago police officer was wounded Thursday night while chasing a suspect on the Near North Side.
It appears the officer’s gun accidentally discharged, and a bullet hit him in the foot.
It happened in the 900 block of North Cambridge near Delaware before 9 p.m.
The suspect the officer was chasing may have been involved in a separate, fatal shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy in the 1500 block of North Cleveland. The victim died at Northwestern Hospital, police say.
The officer’s injury does not appear to be serious.
But the difference between a report that doesn’t sugar-coat firearms negligence – no matter who’s involved or how understandable the circumstances – is serious. Again, journalists should not shy from the truth about guns: they are only dangerous when used dangerously. That is all. [h/y DG]