The Shooting That Never Was
The Shooting That Never Was
“Did you hear about the mass shooting in New Jersey?” asked Victory Girl Amanda Green while I visited her this weekend.
“Shooting?” I hadn’t. There was no news alert on my phone, which I check religiously for updates about what’s going on in the world, so I started searching.
One suspect was killed, and 22 people were injured in a mass shooting at an arts festival in New Jersey yesterday.
Big news outlets did cover it. As of this morning, I’ve seen stories on CNN, BBC, Fox, LA Times, Washington Post, and the New York Times. But what I haven’t seen is any of the usual outrage that accompanies a shooting of this magnitude. There was no David Hogg screeching about stricter gun laws. There were no social media posts virtue signaling their outrage about the mass shooting. My usually well-informed leftist friends remained silent about the violence in Trenton, and there were no heartfelt “thoughts and prayers” from the right.
As of this morning, there’s no trending hashtag on Twitter either, even though a 13-year-old child was injured by the gunfire.
Well, perhaps this might shed a little light.
Officials said several fights sparked by disputes between neighborhood gangs broke out prior to the shooting. They also said officers warned that the event needed to be shut down before the shooting took place.[…]
Witnesses told officials they heard people arguing inside the historic Roebling Wire Works venue moments before gunfire erupted. The fight soon spilled out into the street as attendees ran for cover.
Police said multiple people, including Tahaij Wells, 32, and Amir Armstrong, 23, then opened fire at each other. At least 1,000 people were in the area at the time.
Let’s examine this a bit further.
The violence was gang related. It was committed by a minority male who was recently released from prison on homicide-related charges.
New Jersey’s Governor just five days ago signed a slew of reactionary gun control bills in response to the Parkland shooting in February and the Hogglets’ subsequent media antics.
The new laws require background checks for private gun sales, ban the sale of armor piercing ammunition, reduce the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds and codify regulations regarding handgun permits. Another pair of laws will allow police to take firearms from people deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others.
“Today, I’m proud to sign this series of common-sense gun safety bills into law to protect our children and families from the reckless dangers of gun violence, something the federal government has failed to do on behalf of its residents,” Murphy said in a statement. “By setting these higher standards for gun safety, New Jersey continues to bolster its reputation as a national leader on this critical social and public health issue.”
And yet, a mere four days after Phil Murphy signed these so-called “common sense” gun control bills, two gang goblins went on a shooting spree at an arts festival, endangering more than 1000 lives, and several weapons were said to have been found at the scene, according to BBC.
Color me shocked.
Gang violence has been on the rise in the United States. Between 2011 and 2015, according to the National Gang Center, “we’ve seen an 8 percent increase in number of gangs, an 11 percent increase in members and a 23 percent increase in gang-related homicides.” The National Institute of Justice confirms that “Gun-related homicide is most prevalent among gangs and during the commission of felony crimes.”
And as for the demographics of gang involvement? Well… here’s where it gets unpopular.
This shooting – like many other gang-related acts of violence – involved minorities, involved gangs, and supports assessments that show gang members to be responsible for roughly half of the gun-related crimes in metropolitan areas.
For some reason, gun grabbers don’t like that narrative. It’s much easier to just pass laws that have no hope of quelling violence than to acknowledge that there is a serious problem with gangs, that gangs – like other criminal elements – will not abide by the laws, and that said criminals tend to be part of the minority groups that liberals studiously protect from criticism.
Tahaij Wells, 33, the suspect who was killed, had recently been released from prison and was on parole since February on homicide-related charges, Onofri said. Amir Armstrong, 23, listed in stable condition, was charged with a weapons offense. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment.
Multiple weapons were confiscated, including a handgun with an extended capacity magazine containing more ammunition than is allowed under New Jersey law, Onofri said.
On Sunday, crime scene tape surrounded the site of the historic Roebling Wire Works Building that now shares a parking lot with a supermarket, bank and laundry.
Is it any wonder that no one wants to talk about it?
The Hogglets aren’t staging “die ins” in New Jersey, demanding “universal background checks,” a ban on high-capacity magazines, or “assault” weapons, because New Jersey already has them, and they have no hope of preventing gang violence.
The gun-grabber politicians aren’t screeching that “something” must be done, because they’re not willing to acknowledge the root of the problem or do things that are unpopular to fix them, such as maybe keep murderers, such as the now-corpsetastic Wells (who had recently been released from prison and was on parole since February on homicide-related charges) in prison where they belong!
This shooting doesn’t support the narrative, so it will be summarily ignored by the gun-grabbing maggots on all sides of the political aisle. They will just wait for the next white Trump supporter to lose his shit, and then blame Trump for the carnage and the failure to disarm us all.
It’s in interesting feeling knowing there was gun violence at the Trenton Art All Night event where we were making an art project in which we imagine a world without #gunviolence. #momsdemandaction #guncontrol #trentonnj #artallnight #jerseystrong pic.twitter.com/xQhYPv5SOf
— Terri Huggins (@TERRIficWords) June 17, 2018
And no one will remember the victims, because they don’t matter for anyone’s political purposes.