Bodies are removed from at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. Several people in Ohio have been killed in the second mass shooting in the U.S. in less than 24 hours, and the suspected shooter is also deceased, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
On Saturday, in the space of about 14 hours, the nation experienced two mass shootings. One, at a WalMart in El Paso, TX, claimed 20 lives and injured 26. The second, in a nightclub district in Dayton, OH, resulted in 9 dead and 27 wounded. Superficially, the two shootings were fairly similar. In reality, we’re going to hear about El Paso for some time and people will probably have forgotten about Dayton by next Friday just as no one is talking about the shooting in Gilroy, CA, or the slaughter in a government office building in Virginia Beach that left 12 dead. Why would that be?
To understand the gun control debate that erupts around these shootings you have to understand that the gun control people don’t really care about bodies dropping. If they did, they’d have an office in Southside Chicago or West Baltimore or East St. Louis and be holding “take back the night” candlelight vigils with Alyssa Milano as keynote speaker. They aren’t there, despite plenty of dead people, for a good reason. These people only care about a narrative that will help push a gun confiscation agenda.
The narrative is helped when a killer uses an illegally obtained firearm…something that is remarkably rare…but the real narrative is always about race and about politics. So, when DeWayne Antonio Craddock killed a dozen co-workers in Virginia Beach, that story disappeared. Fast. Even though that story had a lot of threads that would have been useful to anyone really interested in preventing mass shootings. For instance, the shooter had a history of physical altercations with co-workers and was the subject of pending disciplinary action. But Mr. Craddock was not white and he didn’t have any political viewpoints that were out of sync with the left. As a result, the media lost interest in that shooting before Mr. Craddock reached room temperature.
Let’s look at the Gilroy shooting. We got off to a rip roaring start there with a lot of Twitter numbnuts declaring him to be a white supremacist and a Trump supporter. Just picking this example out of a slew of offerings by people who are too stupid to go to the toilet unassisted:
The actual situation is a lot more ambivalent. The book they refer to, “Might Makes Right,” it basically a knockoff of or sequel to Friedrich Nietzsche’s “superman” bullsh**. Legan harps on his Iranian heritage. He does make disparaging comments about “mestizos” but he also includes “Silicon Valley twats” along with them. The FBI issued a statement saying he read a lot of political works from the left and right. No narrative, no interest. The story disappears.
This brings us up to Saturday.
Initially, Twitter was full of people claiming that the Dayton shooter was a white supremacist and had been at Trump’s Cincinnati rally. Then the facts began to trickle in. Registered Democrat. Favors gun control. Fan of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Hates law enforcement. Antifa booster. Called the moron who tried to blow up the Tacoma ICE facility a “martyr.” Satanist. Had created a “murder” and a “rape” list in high school and populated it with names of classmates. Boom. He’s gone.
Fat little Tater who pretends to do media criticism for CNN, manages to give one passing mention to Dayton in his online newsletter, it is essentially a shrug and “meh.’
Don’t be fooled. Absolutely nothing you’re going to read on the El Paso shooting has diddly-squat or jack-sh** to do with preventing mass shootings. The entire argument is about labeling the shooter a white supremacist and then trying to attach that label to anyone who the media doesn’t like (Beto and Mayor Booty were at it over the weekend) because they oppose banning firearms (again, don’t fool yourself, the agenda is to ban and confiscate firearms and has nothing to do with “commonsense” laws of which we have thousands).
After today there is no longer any room for nuance. The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) August 4, 2019
If the killer has inconvenient skincolor or politics, the shootings serve no purpose and the gun-grabbers and their media fluffers move on. The Patrick Crusius character fits into this narrative. Connor Betts doesn’t. So El Paso will be harped on and no more will be said about Dayton than about an average weekend in Chicago.