Fredric Dicker, The New York Post’s New York state editor since 1982, might want to be a little more careful with his words. The New York Daily News reports that during his WGDJ talk show, Dicker described the Sandy Hook shootings as a “little convenient massacre.” Not only is that not smart, it’s a bit of an oxymoron, right? Massacres aren’t little, and they’re definitely not convenient.
Dicker’s odd comment came while he was addressing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun-control legislation. Dicker, a gun enthusiast to the point that he was ammunition in his office, said, “That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Connecticut, and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him.”
The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence caught wind of Dicker’s words, and are demanding that he apologizes to the families of the Sandy Hook victims.
Dicker said his comments were taken out of context:
This group clearly doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to understand, my point, which is a sarcastic reference to the governor latching on to an horrendous out-of-state mass killing to advance a political agenda that had nothing to do with the problem of gun-related crime in New York. I wasn’t minimizing the horror at all, just the opposite. I used the word ‘massacre’ intentionally because it refers, by definition, to a horrendous large-scale killing, which of course the Newtown horror was.
We’re sure Dicker considers the Sandy Hook tragedy a big deal. However, the problem is that he used “little” and “convenient” before “massacre.”
The shooting is a difficult subject for many people; one or two insensitive words will fire them up. If you don’t believe us, try talking to someone about 9/11.