Almost any shooting, for any reason, can become grist for the gun-grabber mill, which swallows the story, chews it up, and spits it out in the preferred hoplophobic narrative, no matter how far from the truth the result may be.
Case in point: A retired cop shoots and kills a man in a movie theater. Hysterical commentators immediatly report that the victim was shot because he was texting. A sobbing wife is trotted out to wail, “I can’t believe he was shot for texting.”
And, of course, he wasn’t. In fact, the same cop had had previous argument with a couple using their phone inappropriately in a theater, and nobody was shot – in fact, no gun was seen at all.
In fact, what happened was that a rude SOB was texting while others were trying to watch what was on the movie screen. The cop asked the man to stop, and when he wouldn’t, the cop did what he was supposed to do: He reported the man to the theater management – which, apparently, did nothing, even though the theater banned texting or other cell-phone use. In fact, a warning on the screen told customers to turn off their cellphones.
When the cop returned from speaking with the management, the texter, angry, got in his face and continued to argue, and finally physically assaulted the cop by throwing a bag of popcorn at him.
Now, consider: The cop was over 70, and the rude, confrontational, belligerent, willing to use physical force texter was forty, large, and appeared to be in good physical condition. The cop may have made the wrong decision – or maybe he didn’t. Perhaps the texter’s next move would have been to punch the cop in the face or head and, possibly, badly injure or kill him.
This is the story that is deliberately not being reported, so that the gun-ban media crowd can peddle their fantasy about a man being murdered for texting.
More recently, some whackjob, probably because of a domestic dispute, killed a man and a woman in a Baltimore mall, and then killed himself. This is being handled with the same level of clear-eyed objectivity as the Virginia State massacre.
And I’ve begun to tune it all out. I know that the media hates guns, hates the Second Amendment, and wants to ban the first and overturn the second. Anything involving firearms and violence is going to be portrayed in as hysterical and dishonest a manner as possible, so that it always advances the gun-grabber narrative.
I know all that, and so I assume that any reporting the media does on gun violence is full of lies and propaganda hackery, and I no longer pay attention to any of it.
I just don’t care anymore. I suspect I’m not the only one who’s been burned out on their phony narrative, either.