Ever been cut in line getting your morning coffee? Got a parking ticket even though you were only stopping for a minute? I have, and it made me temporarily “unhappy and annoyed”, or disgruntled (Merriam-Webster).
The media often uses the same term, “disgruntled” to describe employees, or former employees who plot or execute mass shootings at work. Example: Disgruntled MSU employee arrested after threats triggered campus lockdown. Disgruntled employees do do some damage: they could ruin a brand’s name, alienate clients, leak company information, steal, show up late, or cause other employees to dislike work (Forbes).
Note: they do not bring firearms to work and shoot their coworkers.
This is homicidal behavior. It should be described as such.
The power of words is that they help frame how we understand what is normal. We all get a little annoyed or upset sometimes. It happens to everyone. It’s an everyday occurrence. Describing gunmen and “disgruntled” implies that there is something everyday or normal about this epidemic. It is not normal to fear for your life when you go to work. It is not normal to fear firing someone because they might come back and shoot you. This is not normal, and we should not accept it as part of our day-to-day lives.