Gun Violence That Doesn’t Fit The Narrative
Gun Violence That Doesn’t Fit The Narrative
A strange juxtaposition occurred on Sunday night regarding gun violence, shootings, mass shooting events, and how the media covers it all.
NBC News created and ran a special news coverage story called “One Night in America: The Gun Violence Epidemic Plaguing The U.S.” Read the tweet below and see if you can spot what is happening here.
We are doing something unusual tonight @NBCNightlyNews Focusing on #OneNightInAmerica. Specifically last night in America. We devote about half of the broadcast to gun violence & what we saw in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Baltimore. Join us. @nbcnews @NBCNewsPR pic.twitter.com/zwQKt466Q6
— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) July 17, 2022
Wait, run those four cities by me again? Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Baltimore? Hmmm, what could they all possibly have in common? A quick internet search shows that Chicago‘s last Republican mayor left office in 1931, Philadelphia‘s last Republican mayor left office in 1952, Houston‘s last Republican mayor left office in 1982, and Baltimore‘s last Republican mayor left office in 1967. In other words, these are all deep blue cities with large urban populations. And a special report on gun violence is going to focus on these cities? Why these cities? Yes, this is a rhetorical question, but it’s not one that the NBC News report even gets close to touching with a ten-foot pole. If you watched this news report and knew nothing about the cities involved, you would be forced to assume that gun violence is just happening EVERYWHERE – because this report completely ignores the CAUSES of gun violence. The people they interview, with the one exception of a police officer who blames drugs, solely focus on the fact that the guns exist. There is no speculation about legal gun owners using their guns for illegal means, or any suggestion that this all might be gang violence. These reporters are simply recording the fact that guns have been used to commit murders in these four cities on one single night.
NBC News wants to call this a “gun violence epidemic,” but they never look the how or the why this “epidemic” is taking place. The so-called “elephant in the room” isn’t that gun violence exists outside of mass shootings, which the media usually rush to cover. It’s that this happens all the time, and anyone who has been paying attention outside of the media bubble already knew that it was happening, and the reasons why. Put simply, it is the culture, not the guns. NBC News could have run a thousand TV specials on the cultural issues behind gun violence, but that isn’t what the media wants to do. That would mean admitting that there are real problems that simply banning all the guns would not fix. And that is NOT the narrative that the media wants. It’s just easier to send out four reporters to four cities, let them wander around observing the carnage with police officers and pastors and nurses and doctors, and let them mull over their pre-determined simplistic conclusion that IF WE JUST BANNED ALL THE GUNS, then all the problems would be solved.
But then a news story broke that busted that narrative into a million pieces. On Sunday evening, another mass shooting took place in Greenwood, Indiana, at a mall food court. Three people were killed and two were injured, and it could have been much worse, except for one thing.
“Four people are dead and two others wounded in the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall. Police tell 13News the shooter is among those dead… Greenwood Chief James Ison said a ‘Good Samaritan’ witnessed the shooting and shot and killed the shooter.”https://t.co/0qHCXEPmlz
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 18, 2022
Yes, the shooter was taken out by an armed citizen.
Around 6:00 p.m. local time, multiple people called 911 to report an active shooter at the Greenwood Park Mall, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison told reporters.”
Investigators believe the unidentified gunman, an adult man, was shot and killed by a lawfully armed 22-year-old man who “observed the shooting in progress,” Ison said.”
“This tragedy hits at the core of our community,” Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers said in a Facebook post. “Please offer your prayers to the victims and our first responders.”
Meyers also expressed his thanks to the person who fatally shot the gunman while the shooting was in progress.”
“This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation,” the mayor said in another statement later Sunday evening.”
Ison said the Greenwood Police Department has trained for a mass shooting scenario and has performed “multiple mall exercises” to prepare for active shooter situations.”
“But I’m going to tell you, the real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop this shooter almost as soon as he began,” Ison said.”
Both the police chief and the mayor have also referred to the armed citizen as a “Good Samaritan” who was able to stop a killer before he killed any more people. Which means that this mass shooting runs directly counter to the media’s preferred narrative. A good guy with a gun? The media doesn’t want to cover those, because if they did, then maybe more people would get the idea that the only person they can rely on in an immediate emergency is themselves, and then THEY will decide to legally carry a gun! And the media wants to get RID of the guns, not encourage people to be armed! And we know what happens to mass shootings that don’t adhere to the narrative – they go straight down the memory hole.
And since the media is going to make sure that this Greenwood Park Mall shooting is going to be quickly buried and forgotten, they will never have to swerve from their naive belief that if they could just get rid of ALL THE GUNS, then everything would be okay and people would never die in violent attacks again.
At least, until they start running stories about how we have to ban all the knives.