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Thursday, April 5, 2018
YouTube Shooting Fails To Conform To Gun Control Narrative
The following article
appeared in the Daily Caller on April 4th
A mass shooting happened Tuesday at
YouTube’s headquarters in California, and it might be impervious to
An animal rights activist named Nasim
Aghdam allegedly wounded three people before she apparently turned the gun on
herself, marking the only confirmed fatality of the day.
It’s not exactly clear at the moment
why Aghdam shot up YouTube. Early reports suggested she was targeting an
ex-boyfriend, but police ruled out specific targeting
on Wednesday. Her father said she was upset
with YouTube and one of her last videos — she made dozens of bizarre videos
on the platform — complained that the tech company was demonetizing her content
for being too “left-wing."
Aghdam used a handgun in her attack,
a weapon that is not in the crosshairs of gun control proponents. She’s also a
woman of Iranian descent, an identity that doesn’t lend itself to left-wing
narratives about the threat of angry white men.
The shooting appears to be the case
of just one deranged woman taking out her anger over a perceived wrong. There’s
no larger political connection here — whether it be terrorism or gun control.
However, liberals were very eager to
politicize the shooting when it was first reported. Leading the pack, actor
Michael Ian Black immediately blamed the shooting on the “terrorists” over at
the National Rifle Association.
“Another shooting. I’m going to
politicize the fuck out of it, and so should you,” Black said in one of his
tweets. “The NRA is a terrorist organization.”
Black and others doubled down on
their assertion that the NRA was at fault when challenged by critics who
pointed to the lack of information available on the shooting.
“No, I don’t know who the shooter is.
It doesn’t matter if they are an NRA member. Yes, I know how they got the gun:
the NRA and its blood-soaked lackeys made it possible for that person to get
it,” the washed up comedian explained.
Other verified Twitter users claimed
the NRA directly motivated the shooter by making videos critical of YouTube. In
a very civil manner, these gun control advocates asserted the gun rights group
made terroristic threats to YouTube and should be responsible for all violence
against the tech company.
“The NRA called for its members to
‘fire back’ at sites like YouTube and ‘overwhelm these leftists in California.’
The NRA is a terrorist organization,” tech entrepreneur Fred Benenson argued.
It’s highly unlikely that a left-wing
vegan was motivated by NRATV videos. But don’t expect an apology from the
journalists and celebrities who tried to make the connection anyway.
Every mass shooting in America is
bound to be politicized by the Left before the blood has even dried. Regardless
of circumstances, a crazed gunman is always in league with the NRA.
But when faced with facts that
counter the narrative, journalists prefer to let the story die.
Aghdam’s background and motivation
are too off-script to keep her rampage in the news. It’s hard to make a case
for taking AR-15s away from rednecks when your perp used a handgun and makes
trippy pro-vegan music videos.
In an ideal world, Americans would
wait until basic facts emerge to politicize shootings. In reality, we will
likely see this kind of behavior for every shooting going forward.
At least we can expect the YouTube
shooting to not figure in any future left-wing narratives, unlike the Gabby
Giffords shooting. The New York Times was still falsely blaming Sarah Palin in
2017 for that 2011 attack, even though the gunman was proven not to be
politically motivated. That bit of fake news was just too appetizing for
liberal narratives to warrant a cursory fact check.
While we can’t expect an apology from
the people who blamed the NRA for the YouTube shooting, no major media outlet
will advance their fake news.
Gun control advocates believe an
assault weapons ban and a gun registry will prevent future tragedies. Tuesday’s
shooting disproves that theory, so don’t be surprised when the story suddenly
disappears from the front pages.