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.