Don Raso is a NRA news commentator and former Navy SEAL who believes that we should stop calling “shootings” shootings.
Raso begins his video by defining “propaganda,” which is fitting, since that’s all this video is. Raso defines propaganda as “ideas that are false or exaggerated that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, or a government,” leaving out that propaganda can be used to hurt a cause, political leader, or government, or that propaganda doesn’t necessarily have to be a lie or exaggerated truth. For instance, spreading true stories about genocide perpetuated by a state to help a war effort against the genocidal state would still be propaganda, but since propaganda has a negative connotation, most people wouldn’t consider it such.
Raso moves on to condemn the modern media for failing to recognize specific gun types — the example he uses is the Norfolk, Virgina Naval Yard shooting, which used a shotgun instead of an AR, despite media insistence otherwise. He hits close to the mark when he calls the media “entertainment,” but “entertainment” isn’t the right word. “Infotainment” is the proper word.
Raso then outright states that we shouldn’t use the word “shooting” anymore; he says that we should use “murder,” because “murder” makes people think about the “evil,” where “shooting” makes people think about the implement.
No, Raso, it doesn’t.
Raso spends the whole first part of his video criticizing the media for making generalizations and not getting facts right. Then, in the second part of his video, he tells them to, essentially, make generalizations and obscure facts. The job of the media is to get accurate reporting; if someone was murdered, you have to report how it was done, since it’s a reporter’s job to get as much information as possible to the public. If the victims were killed with a knife, it was a stabbing. If they were attacked by a person with a gun and shot, guess what?
“Murder” is a very general term; all murder tells you is that someone died because someone killed them. You can’t tell the media to be accurate in their reporting in one breath and then demand that they refrain to generalizations with the next. That’s not how this works — unless, of course, you’re attempting to disseminate some sort of propaganda .
Watch NRA Commentator Raso discuss the word “shooting.”
h/t NRA News