Here’s some news for you. The media sucks. Not that you didn’t know this before, but I thought I’d reinforce the contention with the following.
Initial reports suggested that Aaron Alexis used three firearms to commit the carnage at the Washington Navy Yard the other day: a handgun, a shotgun and an AR-15.
Never one to let a crisis go to waste, Dianne Feinswine renewed her calls for more gun control – even though, the carnage occurred in Washington DC, where legal possession of firearms is practically impossible and cost prohibitive for most law-abiding citizens, and on a military facility, where firearms are prohibited.
Subsequent reports indicated that an AR-15 was not used in the shooting, and that Alexis actually only brought a shotgun into the facility with him, and then used firearms he stole from people he shot to finish the job.
… federal law enforcement sources told CNN Tuesday that authorities have recovered three weapons from the scene of the mass shooting, including one — a shotgun — that investigators believe Alexis brought in to the compound. The other two weapons, which sources say were handguns, may have been taken from guards at the Navy complex.
So, no. There was no EEEVILLL!!! assault rifle used, and we now all know this. But what did CNN do in the story I cited above?
The rest of the story focuses on the AR-15 and how it has been used in shootings over the years, including Sandy Hook, Aurora and Portland.
It focuses on a rifle that was not used in this latest shooting to report about this latest shooting.
NBC, not to be outdone by CNN’s panic mongering, stressed that Alexis rented an EEEEEVILLLL!!! AR-15 at a store two days before the shooting and practiced with it.
So NBC decided to point to the evils of the “assault” rifle, even though, the only thing this crazy fuck brought to the party was a shotgun… that is until he disarmed the only people who are allowed to have firearms on a military installation: the police.
The title of the NBC piece states: Washington Navy Yard shooter practiced with AR-15 at Virginia range two days before rampage, lawyer says.
You know what the title doesn’t say?
It doesn’t say that Alexis was apparently bugfuck crazy, even though that information – information more relevant to this incident – is buried at the bottom of the story, while the information about the irrelevant AR-15 is the lead.
It doesn’t focus on the fact that Alexis reported hearing voices in the days leading up to the attack.
It doesn’t focus on the fact that he was paranoid, and reported in August that he was being followed and people wanted to hurt him.
It doesn’t focus on the fact that apparently someone used a microwave machine to send vibrations and keep him awake.
And it doesn’t talk about the fact that this shithouse crazy individual had his clearance renewed, despite several arrests for violent crimes.
What it does do is talk about yet another call for Congress to “do something” on the part of the current Chief Ineptitude.
Never mind that a background check was performed at the time of the sale of the shotgun by Sharpshooters in Virginia, and that all the paperwork was done correctly.
Never mind that he snuck a shotgun onto a facility where firearms were prohibited.
Never mind that no law could have stopped him.
Never mind all that. Let’s focus on that evil “assault” weapon, because it fits our agenda.