Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Few things are more dangerous than a gun free zone (UPDATE: Suspect NOT a white male NRA member. Shocker!)

Regarding the shooting which took place Tuesday afternoon at the YouTube headquarters in California, I'm inclined to subscribe to Berg’s Eighteenth Law of Media Latency:

Nothing the media writes/says about any emotionally charged event – a mass shooting, a police shooting, anything – should be taken seriously for 48 hours after the original incident. It will largely be rubbish, as media outlets vie to “scoop” each other even on incorrect facts.

Nevertheless, you'll have the obligatory leftist rhetoric about how the National Rifle Association or GOP members of Congress have proverbial blood on their hands. Such inflammatory statements have become so knee-jerk that they border on cliche, but it's still the go-to sentiment.

While I didn't peruse social media much in the aftermath of the shooting, I'd be willing to bet some proggies went to the ever available "conservative rhetoric caused this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" For example, the ultra conservative PragerU filed a lawsuit alleging YouTube's censoring of conservative content. And there's nary a more convenient scapegoat than NRA TV, particularly in light of how they criticized YouTube over their banning of firearms tutorial videos. As such, a kooky conspiracy theory of a "right wing gun nut" being antagonized over the actions of conservative groups will likely be bandied about.

A couple of things to ponder: Doesn't the state of California have some of the more draconian gun laws in the country? And is anyone outside of law enforcement even allowed to carry a gun anywhere in San Francisco? Why, it's almost as if someone who wants to commit a violent act isn't all that concerned about such legalities. Huh.



1 comment:

Bike Bubba said...

Total side note here, but I dare suggest YouTube has a security gut check ahead of them. Usually bigger Silicon Valley companies have badge entry systems that should not have let her in. She'd somehow made it to a conference room in office areas, no?