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EAST HARLEM, NY – On Monday, a mass shooting occurred in Harlem. One person is dead, 8 others injured. All were transported to a local hospital. Those eight individuals are expected to recover, and none of their injuries were thought to be life-threatening.
I bet you probably haven’t heard about it.
I almost didn’t. It was literally a blip on the news in Houston.
Wait. How did a shooting in Harlem make the news in Houston?
The man that was killed was a senior at Houston Baptist University. He was 21, a member of the basketball team at HBU. He was on track to graduate in December with a degree in sports management.
The local news coverage did not use the term “mass shooting.”
It simply headlines the story by saying he was killed in a shooting that wounded 8 others. It opens by saying he was killed at a gathering in his hometown of East Harlem.
The KPRC story linked to an NBC News story. They also didn’t use the words “mass shooting.”
Fox News provided coverage of the story, again, avoiding the use of the phrase “mass shooting.”
A search for “Darius Lee” and “East Harlem shooting” turned up no results. on CNN’s website. Not one single story. Zero coverage.
The President hasn’t tweeted anything. Celebrities have not shown up to call for stricter gun control.
Hell, Beto O’Rourke isn’t even in Harlem interrupting press conferences. It doesn’t help him politically.
Darius Lee dreamed of playing for the Knicks one day. He was a star college athlete with a bright future. The 21 year old was killed by a stray bullet in Harlem early Monday. @CBSNewYork https://t.co/bsSIk7FhLV pic.twitter.com/cVVCTX2T6f
— Ali Bauman (@AliBaumanTV) June 21, 2022
CBS New York’s Ali Bauman tweeted that he simply died after being struck by a stray bullet.
In fact, the only other news source we have been able to find, other than Law Enforcement Today, using the mass shooting terminology is the New York Post.
“A college hoops star had his promising career snuffed out when he came home from school for the summer — and ended up senselessly gunned down in a mass shooting in Harlem early Monday.
So, why the silence? Why the refusal to acknowledge the reality of what happened to Darius Lee?
Why pick and choose when to use the term mass shooting based on narrative, political ideology and/or convenience?
Why is the mainstream media, the elites of Hollywood and left-leaning politicians, always vocal after mass shootings, not blowing up the air waves and social media?
Because of where it occurred and who was involved.
Make no mistake. If there was reason to believe that all the victims were people of color and the shooter(s) were white, this Father’s Day weekend shooting would still be making the rounds on every news talk show, and probably The View.
But a black shooter, killing and wounding other black victims doesn’t fit the narrative that the media tries to portray.
See, to the left-leaning media, it was just another shooting. It was business as usual in New York as far as they are concerned.
And let’s be honest about it. What happened in East Harlem to Lee, could have happened in Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and a hundred other cities, and the response to the story would have been the same.
But because the shooter(s) likely were not white, and it did not happen in a red state, it is hardly worth mentioning to the CNN’s and the Joe Biden’s of the world.
It doesn’t fit the narrative that white supremacy is the biggest threat to our nation.
There are no politicians stepping up and calling for stricter gun laws in New York (which already have some of the strictest in the nation). They aren’t talking about it in DC.
Maybe if the gun found on the scene in East Harlem had been one of those scary “assault” weapons like an AR-15, it would have received more attention.
The website Blue State Conservative addresses this same question, saying:
“Democrats can’t admit that cities like New York and Chicago with their oppressive gun laws have a problem with gun violence because the gun control for which they advocate is supposed to solve those problems.
And neighborhoods such as Harlem, where advocates push to ‘defund the police’ and then move out to safer neighborhoods to avoid the violence, are supposed to be peaceful and harmonious.
Indeed, mass shootings are a problem only if certain boxes are checked off. People dying from gunshots are only worth discussing if it happens in red states.
And black lives matter, but only when we’re talking about the threats in the context of police brutality. Democrats and their media are remarkably hypocritical, and Monday’s shooting in Harlem is just one more example.”
The harsh reality is that a large amount of gun violence is enacted in Democrat controlled cities, often in blue states with already strict gun laws.
And, for the ones in red states, the Democrat run cities have a bevy of liberal judges ready to allow violent offenders to walk free on little to no bond, only to see them go out and commit additional acts of violence while they are awaiting their original court date for the previous offense.
But yeah…they biggest threat to our nation is white supremacy.
Why? Because the mainstream media told us so.
The day before Darius Lee’s shooting death, Law Enforcement Today ran a story discussing the reality of mass shootings. We invite you to check out that story and
Inconvenient truth ignored by media: Overwhelming majority of “mass shootings” aren’t by “lone wolf gunmen”
UNITED STATES- In the wake of two recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and the other at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, people across the country are conditioned to think that the “lone gunmen” are responsible for all mass shootings.
According to The Gun Violence Archive website, there have been 255, and counting, mass shootings in the United States so far in 2022. That’s only five months. https://t.co/I1q8mp2sEI
— The Daily News (@GalvNews) June 18, 2022
However, the Washington Times reports that the lone gunmen are outliers in mass shootings.
According to that report, of the 267 incidents thus far in 2022 classified as mass shootings by the Gun Violence Archive, nearly all can be tied to gang shootings, neighborhood arguments, robberies or domestic incidents that spiral out of control.
The Washington Times did an analysis of the archive’s data and discovered that “indiscriminate slaughter by a lone gunman blasting away at a store, school or some other public place” is rare, accounting for less than 4 percent of the total. The report added:
“The lower-profile shootings involve significant carnage and all have one common thread: a firearm was used. Beyond that, the shootings look very different.”
The report also said:
“Many, particularly those on the streets or that stem from gang issues, involve multiple shooters spraying bullets. Domestic incidents can turn into mass shootings based on chance, such as who happened to be home when the shooter came calling.”
These shooting incidents are vastly different than those of a lone gunman who targets a place and kills people based off age or race, like in Buffalo and Uvalde. Joel Capellan, a criminology professor at Rowan University who has studied mass shootings, said in a statement:
“The majority of people in America get their information from the news, but the news only really pays attention to these extreme outlier attacks. They are deadly and horrible, but they are not very common. But it is what we see in the news and that creates the perception that this is the biggest problem.”
“The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group, defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.” That means SF had quite a few, mostly gang related, like this one: https://t.co/AxqABFr3Sx
— The Marina Times 🌊🗞 (@TheMarinaTimes) June 19, 2022
“The left and the right have been consistently getting this wrong for decades because the narrative goes beyond guns and mental health. There is no one solution to mass shootings because this is a multidimensional problem. You need to focus on each specific type of mass shooting to get the desired effect.”
The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization that catalogs instances of firearms violence in the United States, defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter or shooters.
The Washington Times took a deep dive into the data and looked into the 267 mass shootings recoded this year from January 1st to June 15th and matched them against police and media reports to determine motives and circumstances. The Times reported:
“Roughly 60 percent were heat-of-the-moment altercations, gang-related shootings or both. Another 10 percent were domestic incidents in which relatives were victimized, and 27 percent were a mix of attacks on specific victims, robberies gone awry, or cases in which a motive couldn’t be gleaned.”
The report added:
“That left only a little more than 3 percent of the shootings that could be classified as indiscriminate rampages by deranged lone wolves.”
The Gun Violence Archive began tracking mass shootings in 2014. The 267 mass shootings in the United States thus far this year are slightly behind the 278 incidents logged through June 15, 2021.
The year 2021 was the worst year on record since the Gun Violence Archive began tracking mass shootings with a total of 621 mass shooting incidents logged in 2021. According to the archive’s data, so far this year, 303 people have been killed and 1,150 have been injured in mass shootings.
According to the Times’ analysis, out of this year’s total, arguments or gang violence accounted for 174 deaths (57%) and 869 injuries (75.5%); lone wolf attacks resulted in 45 deaths (15%) and 52 injuries (4.5%).
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Huh? Taser company announces idea of “taser-armed” drones to help stop mass school shootings
June 6th, 2022
According to a report from NPR, the firm Axon has proposed using “taser-armed drones” to stop the massive wave of school shootings across the country.
Tech Boss Says Taser-Armed Drones Could Stop School Shooters | The Daily Wire https://t.co/NGg0bL7k2f
— Grizzly Joe 🇺🇸🇮🇱@CPAC 2023 TBD VAXXED & C+ (@GrizzlyJoeShow) June 6, 2022
Axon, a taser developer, said that it is working to build taser-armed drones that would essentially be able to fly into schools and stop school shootings. However, its own technology advisers have already stated that this is a “dangerous fantasy.”
Back in 2021, Axon, which sells tasers and police body cameras, floated the idea of a police drone product to its artificial intelligence ethics board. This caused concern with some of the board members, as they expressed reservations about weaponized drones in over-policed communities of color.
What they were not expecting was Axon’s announcement on June 2nd where the company stated it wants to send the armed drones into classrooms to prevent mass school shootings by tasing an intruding gunman.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Axon found and CEO Rick Smith said he felt “compelled” to make the idea public after the mass school shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Smith said that he was “catastrophically disappointed” in the response by police who did not move in to kill the armed gunman for more than one hour.
He noted that the idea of a taser-armed drone needed to be shared now because of the public conversation about “effective ways” for police to safely confront attackers and how schools can increase safety. Smith said:
“This is an idea that should get into the public’s consciousness while our minds are open to it and I felt if I wait another six months, the world is going to change and people are going to forget this pain and we’re going to see a shift in sentiments where people are going to focus a lot more on what could go wrong, rather than the pain of this problem we need to solve.”
Firm proposes Taser-armed drones to stop school shootings https://t.co/8zEKaH6Nrn
— Detroit News: Nation (@dn_nation_world) June 6, 2022
Smith did stress that no product has actually been launched yet and any potential launch would be down the road. With the breaking news, Axon’s stock price increased. However, the announcement also angered members of the ethics board.
Barry Friedman, a New York University law professor who sits on the Axon AI Ethics Board, said in a statement:
“This particular idea is crackpot. Drones can’t fly through closed doors. The physical properties of the universe still hold. So, unless you have a drone in every single classroom in America, which seems insane, the idea just isn’t going to work.”
Friedman said it was a “dangerous and fantastical idea” that went far beyond the proposal for a taser-equipped police drone that board members have already been debating for months. He said:
“We begged the company not to do it. It was unnecessary and shameful.”
The board put together an unanimous statement of concern that described Axon’s decision as “deeply regrettable.” The company tweeted out the board’s dissent shortly after its own statement. Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, who is also an ethics board member, said:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were resignations. I think everyone on the board has to make a choice about whether they want to stay involved.”
On Monday, June 6th, just a short weekend after the announcement of the controversial project, nine ethics board members resigned.
Firm proposes taser-armed drones to stop school shootingshttps://t.co/zEiKJSZ86c
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 6, 2022
This group of members, all well-respect experts in technology, policing, and privacy said they had “lost faith in Axon’s ability to be a responsible partner.” In their statement, the group said:
“We wish it had not come to this. Each of us joined this Board in the belief that we could influence the direction of the company in ways that would help to mitigate the harms that policing technology can sow and better capture any benefits.”
Friedman said during an interview:
“We tried from the start to get Axon to understand that its customer has to be the community that a policing agency serves, not the policing agency itself. It has been a painful struggle to try to change the calculus there.”
In a statement, Smith said:
“It is unfortunate that some members of Axon’s ethics advisory panel have chosen to withdraw from directly engaging on these issues before we heard or had a chance to address their technical questions.”
“We respect their choice and will continue to seek diverse perspectives to challenge our thinking and help guide other technology options.”
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