“Now they race to label anything with a gun as a ‘shooting,'” complains former Navy Seal and NRA Good Guy With Two Big Guns© Dom Rasso in the new video. “Because they know how much more attention they’re gonna get with that word.”
It’s not immediately clear that ‘murder’ has left the American news parlance. But, you know, a “shooting” is a more precise description than a “murder.” And some shootings don’t even result in murders! Also, if all murders were shootings, there’d be no need to call them shootings. But since some do involve knives and bolos and frying pans, it’s nice to distinguish murders by tools that did the murdering. …
Dom goes on to complain about the media’s obvious propaganda aims by attacking early reports (he never calls out any specific ones) on the Navy Yard shooting that identified the killer’s weapon as an AR-15 assault weapon, when it was in fact a shotgun.
Weirdly, while pressing for accuracy in reporting, Dom never points out that the shotgun in question was a Remington 870—which, like the AR, is popular with military and law enforcement units, and which the Navy Yard killer illegally sawed off into a more concealable weapon for, you know, assaulting people. …
Seriously, though, Dom makes some excellent points:
Think of the media for what they are: an entertainment business. What sounds better for them: Two random, tragic acts of violence a few months apart, or connecting those isolated events by hyper focusing on the scary looking gun used in both?
There is an entertainment aspect to a lot of media. And there is a yearning for coherent narratives. And you know, it’s a pretty coherent narrative to consider that more than half of American mass killers in the past three decades have used assault weapons, hi-capacity magazines, or both in their killings. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?