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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.

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“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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Daunte Wright Pulled Over for Open Warrant Related to Armed Robbery, Choking A Woman

Wright choked a woman and stole $800 from her!!

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Minnesota is once again on fire, this time due to the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of now-former police officer Kim Potter. Potter pulled her gun on Wright, but meant to fire her taser. Is the MSM asking why Potter was forced to pull out a weapon in the first place? Meaning, what actions did Wright take that made Potter act? Wright couldn’t have been resisting arrest, right? He was completely compliant…right!?? It’s all a moot point, now. And the Gopher State will continue to burn. From Fox News: Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man shot by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon, had an open warrant for his arrest related to an aggravated armed robbery attempt when he was killed, according to court records. Wright and another man, identified as Emajay Maurice Driver, a high school acquaintance, had both been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in a December 2019 incident in Osseso, Minnesota, Hennepin County District Court documents obtained by Fox News show. Here’s a little bit more, but CLICK THE Fox News LINK ABOVE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY!! JUST DO IT! Around 2:30 a.m., two women at the home told Wright and Driver they needed to leave, but the two men said they did not have a ride, the documents say. The women reportedly allowed Wright and Driver to spend the night. In the morning, one of the two women left the apartment to get $820 in cash to pay the other for rent. After paying the rent, she left for work. […] Wright then allegedly choked the woman while trying to pull the cash out from under her bra, where she had tucked it away. https://twitter.com/_mattmckinney/status/1382362210702290952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1382362210702290952%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fbreaking-brooklyn-center-police-officer-to-be-charged-with-2nd-degree-manslaughter%2F BLM and lefties are always, always, always defending criminals. Sad.

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Dem-Controlled House Unveils ‘Court Packing’ Legislation, Want 13 Justices on SCOTUS

Just 13? Why not 19? Better yet, 89!!! SMH.

John Salvatore

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All politicians are crooked. That isn’t exactly a secret. But at least Republicans actually love their country. That’s a huge difference. Not great, but it’s something. These Democrats, though, only care about one thing. They crave it, in fact. Complete control. From Fox News: Democratic lawmakers are set to unveil legislation Thursday to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court. More from The Intercept: The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, Subcommittee chair Hank Johnson, and freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts. The number of justices on the Court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as ten seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that, if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight. Republicans currently hold six seats, while Democrats hold just three. Republicans were able to solidify control of the Court under former President Donald Trump, after first refusing to advance Merrick Garland’s nomination under former President Barack Obama, and then confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch after Trump’s election. Then, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died in September 2020, Republicans threw out the procedures they had previously embraced and confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a matter of weeks. By expanding SCOTUS under a radically far-left president, socialists liberals will be able to ensure they get their way on every issue – all. the. time. That is, of course, GOD-willing, until a Republican gets back into the White House. If that…

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