[ by Charles Cameron — comparisons may or may not be invidious ]
Okay, that’s a compare and contrast situation, with the implication that one victim is less well-treated than the other. Hpw well is it borne out?
CBS News showed a photo of seven victims:
— along with a caption that spoke of six dead and two wounded:
Kalamazoo shooting victims
A dedicated teacher who mentored numerous students, a gardener who enjoyed sharing what she grew, and a high school senior who always had a smile on his face are among the victims of a weekend shooting rampage in western Michigan authorities said was carried out by Jason Dalton, 45, Feb. 20, 2016. All told, six people were killed and one was left in critical condition. Four of them were killed in two vehicles outside of a restaurant, while a father and son were shot at a car dealership.
Dalton admitted “his involvement in these incidents,” according to Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting, and was charged Feb. 22, 2016, with six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the series of random shootings.
Here’s a look at the victims…
— with individual photos, again, of seven, and no photo of Tiana Carruthers.
Is color the issue here?
Then from CNN we have Kalamazoo victims were car shopping, enjoying a night out:
The two victims who survived
One woman was wounded when the first shooting occurred. Tiana Carruthers was in an apartment complex with her three children, police said, and is expected to recover.
Abigail, the girl shot at the Cracker Barrel, is still on a ventilator, critically ill, according to Dr. Aaron Lane-Davies. He told CNN affiliate WOOD that Abigail’s heart had stopped and doctors at Bronson Methodist Hospital got it beating again.
There’s a difference in the severity of the injuries suffered by the two survivors. Does that perhaps explain the discrepancy between the two sums raised on their respective behalfs?
The richest possible knowledge of context is important in drawing conclusions from comparisons, a reminder — to myself at least — that all DoubleQuotes deserve critical appraisal.
Also of possible interest in this instance, from the Kalamazoon County DA’s office:
Crime Victim Rights Grant
The federal Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) ushered in a new era in crime victim assistance in America. In response to findings and recommendations issued by the Presidents Task Force on Victims of Crime and the Attorney Generals Task Force on Violent Crime, VOCA established the first significant national program in support of crime victim services. Under VOCA, federal funding is available to every state to support crime victim assistance and compensation programs. Support for the Crime Victims Fund created by VOCA is derived from federal criminal fines and forfeitures.
For over 20 years, the Kalamazoo County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has used various forms of grant funding to provide these mandated services to victims. This practice has permitted our local Kalamazoo County dollars to be used to fund other mandated services for which there is no grant funding available.