"..lost a close friend.."
"..main thoughts and concerns are with the family.."
"..respect to the situation for the family's sake.."
Translation: Don't talk about guns - it's disrespectful.
The quotes above are public statements by friends of Keith Ratliff, an argent promoter of guns and gun culture, who was found murdered1 this week.
By a single gunshot wound.
But neither of his associates have acknowledged this : their (initial) published statements so far do not include the word "murder" or "gun." Instead, grating constructs like "found having passed away." Think about that phrase for a second and where it places the action... on Ratliff. Ratliff wasn't shot - he passed. His friend lost him2.
My deepest condolences to Keith's friends and family. This is a comment on public language in a time of grief/crisis3. I find no glee or feel any victory at the circumstances (who's irony cannot be understated) of Mr. Ratliff's passing.Notes:
1 - news accounts say police are "treating the death as a homicide" which is not the same as a final autopsy.
2 - It's plausible they use this phrasing because they don't know what to call it yet - "murder" or "suicide". Thank you JM for the suggestion.
3 - I am not a psychologist, nor do I play one on TV. I'm just a guy with a blog.
4 - Why is it OK to discuss gun policy after a school shooting, but this tragedy demands "respect for the family?"