In today’s America, mass shootings are a very unfortunate reality. Each event a tragic stain on our history, it can be difficult to fathom exactly how to solve the problem. A pattern follows, and the country begins a discussion of solutions involving gun control, which some empirical data suggests will not work. Even then, however, we’re missing a critical cause of American deaths that kills even more people than mass shootings do: police brutality.
Ian Brzeski | United States
Shots were reported at a Madden 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida today, which was being live streamed on Twitch. People tuning in to the stream were able to hear a dozen or so shots. Authorities confirmed “multiple fatalities” at the scene, including the suspected shooter. The event was being held at GLHF Game Bar in an upscale area known as The Landing.
Since it was a stream, the clip was recorded, and viewer discretion is advised. In the video right before the shooting occurred, you can see around the 27-second mark that a red-dot appeared on the shooter’s chest. Right after, the recording of the players cuts out and leaves only the Madden gameplay. A couple seconds later, gunshots could be heard along with the screams of the people.
The player on the stream who had the red-dot on his chest was shot 3 times. He was a professional Madden player who played for the Bucks Gaming Team. “I have to get to him. I am four hours away from him and I have to get to my son,” the mother of the deceased player said on the phone.
Authorities have reported that 11 people were shot and there are 4 confirmed deaths. The shooter, identified only as a white male, is also dead at the scene. The scene of the shooting has been cleared and many people were evacuated out of the building. No more details have been released so far.
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By Clint Sharp | United States
On February 14, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. In only a few short minutes, the young man killed 17 people and injured 17 others with an AR-15 style rifle before being apprehended by police.
This horrid act sparked outrage across the nation. For months, gun control was the main topic of conversation across the nation with walk-outs, protests, debates, and gun bills popping up around every corner. Television, newspapers, and social media outlets streamed nonstop updates on the mass shooting and followed all of the controversy surrounding it. Although many believed that this shooting meant the end of our 2nd Amendment rights, it soon faded from headlines, leaving behind a trail of people still fighting to remove the rights of individuals.
Fast forward to May 18 of the same year, and a very different story is told. 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Armed with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and a .38 revolver, the student walked into the school’s art complex and began shooting at approximately 7:40 AM before being brought into custody. Explosives were found at the scene but were unused.
Although this shooting was reported on major news outlets, it was very quickly passed off as old news within a couple of days. So why did a shooting like the one that happened at Stoneman Douglas cause such a national stir while the shooting at Santa Fe was only mentioned in passing? Simply put, it did not match the agenda of the left-wing activists and politicians.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was exactly what the left had hoped for. A young man with known mental issues and of legal age to purchase a gun obtained an assault-style rifle with multiple high-capacity magazines and shot up a school in a conservative state (according to 2016 poll results).
Truly a perfect storm.
From this, they could argue that it was too easy for Cruz to obtain an assault-style rifle. They could argue that he was mentally ill, yet still managed to purchase a firearm due to his age and lack of criminal record. They could argue the purpose of high capacity magazines and assault-style rifles in the hands of non-military personnel and whether they were protected under the 2nd Amendment. The left could appeal to the emotions of the entire nation, after all, is the individual’s freedom worth forfeiting the safety of our children?
Santa Fe on the other hand, while still a tragedy, is the antithesis of the Stoneman Douglas shooting. A minor stole a legally obtained pump action shotgun, perhaps the most common long gun in the United States, and a 6-shot revolver from his father. He saws the barrel of the shotgun off, an illegal action, and carries the two guns to school to commit his heinous actions.
This proves that the type of gun, the capacity of the firearm, the age of the shooter, and the means by which the weapons are obtained are mostly arbitrary to the amount of damage that can be caused by an evil individual, thus rendering the left’s points null and void.
It is for this reason that the Santa Fe shooting was swept under the rug. It proved that shootings and mass violence are not caused by assault-style rifles, high capacity magazines, lax gun laws, and the 2nd Amendment, but rather by evil and twisted individuals who desire to be nothing more than the genesis of grief for people all over the nation. It didn’t fit the agenda of the overwhelmingly liberal media so it was only mentioned, not covered.
The act of ignoring this tragic loss of human life brings to question what other things remain hidden in the dark shroud outside of party and ideological agendas, on both the right and the left.
How many people have been murdered silently due to apathy? How many bills have been passed without question because the public did not know?
Until agendas are put aside for the sake of information, more and more will remain hidden from the public and more and more will happen without anyone’s knowledge otherwise.
By Mike McCosker | United States
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at about 12:30 pm, a single shooter entered the Youtube Headquarters located in San Bruno, California. The shooter wounded three people before turning the handgun on herself. The shooter has been identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam, a thirty-nine-year-old Iranian immigrant who lived in San Diego.
San Bruno Police Department received the first 911 phone call at 12:46 pm, and was on site by 12:48 pm. Initial reports came by way of various social media posts from those inside of the building. 1
As time has passed since the shooting, information regarding Aghdam has become available in droves. The information is so readily available because Aghdam was a creative contributor on Youtube’s video platform. Aghdam was angry at Youtube because they had demonetized all the videos that she posted. Nasim’s father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group, that “she was angry,” after Youtube had stopped paying. 2
The demonetization from Youtube has come from recent policy changes, in which, Youtube now require 4000 hours of watched video time, within a 12 month period, and at least 1000 subscribers to pay a creator for content. 3
Nasim’s father described her as an animal rights activist and a vegan. Nasim even went so far as to say, “For me, animal rights equal human rights,” Aghdam told the San Diego Union-Tribune, in 2009. 4
Unfortunately, for those injured inside of Youtube HQ, police could have prevented these injuries. Monday night, Nasim slept in her car, and her father reported her missing. Mountain View police later found her around 2 am. The police did not arrest Aghdam, despite her father telling the police that she was upset. 2 At least two hours later, Aghdam drove 500 miles to the Youtube HQ to try and get her revenge. Law enforcement could have stopped the attack, had the officers done their jobs.
This event comes just a few weeks after another, more famous, shooting took place in Parkland, Florida. In both shootings, people told law enforcement agencies about a potential danger. Also in both shootings, law enforcement failed to intervene. The lesson from this developing pattern is clear: the government does not care about the safety of its citizens. The only sure-fire way to ensure that an individual is equal in force to a violent, deranged, psychopath, is with the protection of the Right to Bear Arms. Arm yourself, train yourself, and protect yourself, and your family.
By Mike McCosker| United States
According to several eyewitnesses, shots were heard inside of Youtube’s HQ in San Bruno, California.
Active shooter at YouTube HQ. Heard shots and saw people running while at my desk. Now barricaded inside a room with coworkers.
— Vadim Lavrusik (@Lavrusik) April 3, 2018
There are several reports from various people in or around Youtube that have addressed that the building is on lockdown and that 911 was called. New updates are to come.
Update: San Bruno Police Department, ” We are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.
We are responding to an active shooter. Please stay away from Cherry Ave & Bay Hill Drive.
— San Bruno Police (@SanBrunoPolice) April 3, 2018
Update: A female suspect is now dead, by suicide, after wounding four people in Youtube’s headquarters. The suspect was described as white and wearing a headscarf. San Bruno Police Chief said in an official statement that the four injured victims were all shot, and have been brought to hospitals.
A spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital has stated that they received three of the patients: one in critical condition, one in serious condition, and one in fair condition.