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Washington Post Finds Themselves Facing Backlash After Posting Parkland Shooter’s Video

This is beyond reckless.

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For some insane reason, videos made by the highly disturbed Parkland school shooter were released by prosecutors, and now the Washington Post is facing backlash for posting and promoting the videos.

Ironically, WaPo, in their coverage of the videos, discussed the dangers of promoting the name and face of a school shooter. All while promoting the name and face of the shooter, and giving his demented rant about his plans for a school shooting a huge platform.

“In his boasts about becoming famous, the teen touched on something that has worried survivors of shootings and their relatives alike,” read the article covering the videos. “Some have called for news organizations to limit their coverage of mass killers to take away the very infamy those attackers describe as a draw. Survivors of the Parkland attack made a similar argument Wednesday, pleading for attention to be paid to the victims rather than their attacker.”

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After posting the article to Twitter complete with the shooter’s full name and an image of his face from the videos, The Daily Wire reports that WaPo was slammed by critics scolding the newspaper for essentially carrying out exactly what their article warned against.

“Take this down immediately! It’s irresponsible!” wrote one user.

“This is beyond reckless,” wrote another.

“Stop making him more famous,” another warned.

“Same people complaining about gun control are the same ones making these psychos celebrities,” observed one user. “Tell me how it’s a gun issue though.”

The Daily Wire notes that the policy of their website, announced by Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro following the Parkland shooting, has been to not publish the name or face of mass shooters and would-be mass shooters. “The reason, as Shapiro explained, and as the Parkland shooter’s videos underscore, is that studies have found that mass shooters are often motivated by a desire to be famous.”

They also cite 15-year-old Parkland survivor and Second Amendment activist, Kyle Kashuv, who recently penned an op-ed for their website explaining the empirical evidence behind the theory that promoting the names and images of mass shooters inspires more mass shootings.

Here is an excerpt from his article:

Empirical evidence supports the conclusion that publicizing the names of mass shooters promotes more mass murders. A 2016 paper presented to the American Psychological Association concludes that a “cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame.” An Arizona State University study found that shootings occurred in “clusters,” meaning that there is evidence to suggest “mass shootings, publicized in the media, may have a contagious effect.” The combined weight of these studies merits serious consideration on the value of publishing the names and faces of mass shooters versus the potential danger of inspiring future killers.

We know this desire to be famous to be the motivation of many killers by their own words. The Parkland killer recorded his plans on his cellphone before the shooting, declaring, “When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am.” The Sutherland Springs shooter was also “obsessed with mass murders,” calling them “cool” and wishing he had the “nerve” to commit one. The Virginia Tech shooter prior to his rampage in 2007 mailed a video manifesto to local news, a video that they played for their audience, solidifying his place in mass shooting infamy. Fame played a role in the minds of these mass shooters; it’s imperative to snuff out the sinister aspirations of potential mass shooters by refusing to give perpetrators the notoriety and fame they seek.

We live in a culture that is obsessed with fame, and also obsessed with mass shootings. We can’t help but be fixated on such a tragic event, but while normal, mentally healthy people fixate on mass shootings because they are particularly tragic, angry, mentally ill young men like the Parkland, Sutherland Springs, and Virginia Tech shooters become inspired.

The problem, of course, is that we do have a free press in this country and it could be difficult to mitigate the application of this warning. Colin Noir, a spokesman for the NRA, recently recorded a highly controversial video in which he satirically suggested the press should be banned from sharing the names and faces of mass shooters.

The comparison he was drawing, of course, was that the fear you might feel when you hear someone suggest limiting the press legally in such a way, is exactly what gun rights advocates feel when “common sense gun control” is discussed.

There are dangers to our liberties. This is the cold reality that we all, left and right, have to face. The press, as well as gun owners, have a moral requirement to be responsible with their liberties, and it is up to every individual to make that call.

Maintaining a free press is essential to our nation’s Constitutional integrity, so it’s up to journalists to consider the sick nature of angry young men seeking fame through unspeakable acts of violence and do their reporting accordingly. Let’s hope and pray they begin making smarter choices.

 

 

 

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Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Says Trump Isn’t Making Up Border Emergency

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

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[This piece originally appeared at LidBlog.com and has been reprinted with permission from the author.]

Former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan: Democrats’ battle against the border wall is driven by identity politics. President Trump declaration of a national emergency to build a border barrier is necessary according to Obama’s Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan.

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

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Per the Daily Caller:

Former President Barack Obama’s Border Patrol chief blamed the disagreement surrounding the border wall on identity politics, during a Friday night interview with Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Mark Morgan was on Carlson’s show to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a state of emergency in order to reallocate funds toward constructing a wall along the southern border. Trump received $1.375 billion from the bill that he signed, and intends to dedicate an around $6.5 billion more from other agencies.

“Mark Morgan is the former head of the border patrol. And he’s heard the rhetoric, but he knows the reality. Mark, is the president making up an emergency?” Kilmeade asked.

“Absolutely not,” Morgan responded. “Brian, this is part of the frustration for those of us from a law enforcement, border security perspective. How many more statistics do we have to provide? How many more factually based examples do we have to provide? How many more angel families have to stand in front of some of these individuals before they finally say, ‘Yeah, okay, this is real.’ It’s just incredulous.”

In an interview with CNN former border patrol chief Mark Morgan said that President Trump had no choice but to declare a national emergency to get funding for the border wall because “Congress failed.”

The Democrats think they know so much more and are much better informed than those who are actually on the ground every day at the Southern border.

This is not the first time Mark Morgan explained that a border barrier was necessary. In a mid-January interview he stated:

“Before I was the chief of border patrol I was with the FBI,” Morgan explained. “And I actually supervised MS-13 gang force in southern California. We used to catch them on surveillance wires, and they would laugh, MS-13 gang members would laugh [at] how easy it was to go back between Mexico and the U.S. border.”

(…) The other day when they had the national press conference, and they [border patrol agents] got up, and they said the wall works, they’re right,” said Morgan. “And it’s not based on a personal political ideology. That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”

This isn’t only about identity politics. It’s also about stupid, stubborn, defiant Democrats who have chosen to disregard their duty to represent the people in favor of petty party politics

 

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MAGA MADNESS: Loony Lib Pulls Gun on Trump Fan Over Hat

I must remind you once again that we are all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation.  It’s time to start acting like it.

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What started out as a social media joke about the lunacy of the liberal left has now turned into a bonafide phenomenon called Trump Derangement Syndrome, for which we are too intrinsically intwined to have any true perspective as if yet.

Try to remember the shock and horror that you felt when you first saw the bloody, decapitated head of the President at the end of Kathy Griffin’s outstretched arm.  The steely, cold stare that she gave the camera was purely chilling.  Her eyes belied no emotion at the heinous and callous effigy in her hands, that she herself chose to create.  She had the uncaring and unflinching look of a cold-blooded predator.

It was unnerving to witness.  The photo-realistic, bloody head was enough to form a brick somewhere deep in my guts, but seeing Kathy Griffin’s absolute void of emotion struck me in ways that no political imagery had before.

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Now, remember that this was all nearly two years ago now.  Today, in 2019, were we to see something like this, it wouldn’t have nearly the effect.  We’d scoff, and scold, but in the end we would chalk it up to “liberals being liberals”.

It is this passage of time, and the erosion of dignity within the democratic party, that has led to madness such as this:

Police in Bowling Green, Kentucky, say James Phillips was arrested after witnesses said he pulled a gun inside a Sam’s Club outlet because the victim was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.

A police report notes that the suspect admitted to getting upset over the headwear and that he “flipped off” the MAGA hat wearer, according to WBKO-TV 13.

The victim, Terry Pierce, told police he had a right to wear the hat. “I have as much right to wear that hat and support my country and my president as he has not to,” the Sam’s Club customer said.

Pierce added that Phillips, “Pulled a .40 caliber out and stuck it in my face, backed up and said, ‘It’s a good day for you to die.’”

Phillips claimed that he told Pierce to put the gun down so they could settle the argument like men, but Pierce ran out of the store, instead.

I must remind you once again that we are all Americans, regardless of our political affiliation.  It’s time to start acting like it.

Sensibility is the only cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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