'High Value Target' has become almost cliche' recently in discussions here and elswhere on the web. It IS however nothing more than a rhetorical device. Let's take a closer look:
'Value' is a perception.
Where I personally see no value in a Phanlanx 14 String, others do.
So, it's important to remember the word 'target' in the 'high value target' idiom.
While, to a parent, their child's life is usually considered highly valuable and worthy of protection (there are unfortunate exceptions to this which are outside the scope of this article), the ACTUAL value is relative to one's purposes.
For those specifically wishing or otherwise determined to cause harm to or on others, there may be percieved value in targeting individual persons. Yet, the same effect may be accomplished arbitrarily. Bombs are indiscriminate. Most mass shootings are indiscriminate. As with both the assailants and the surviors, the value of the decedents is the same, relative to their intentions. The assailants were intent on death to others and the survivors were intent on life and living.
It is unfortunate that 'high value target' is a rhetorical device but it IS precisely that, andnothing more. The People cry equally whether it's Sandy Hook or the President's children who fall victim to wanton violence.
My opinion is that it is not inappropriate to suggest that using one's position to gain or enjoy protection for youself or family while also using that position to inhibit others from that right equally is disingeuous, or perhaps even hypocritical.