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17 Feb 2024


NextImg:Charles Cooke explains why the media’s treatment of Kansas City Chiefs shooting is ABSURD

Charles Cooke from National Review breaks down what we know from the “mass shooting” at the super bowl victory parade for the the Kansas City Chiefs and then explains why the media’s coverage of this shooting is absurd.

Here’s the article:

ABC reports that:

Two juvenile suspects have been charged in connection with Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade that left one person dead and 22 others injured.

The two suspects, who are not being named due to their ages, are being held in Juvenile Detention Center on gun-related charges and resisting arrest, according to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri’s Jackson County Family Court Division. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues, officials said.

Moreover:

The shooting, which unfolded outside Union Station as Chiefs fans were leaving the parade and rally, appeared to stem from a dispute, police said.

It gets tiresome to have to repeat this stuff, but, if this report is correct, then we can reasonably conclude the following:

  1. That, by definition, the suspects were not legally allowed to buy, possess, or carry firearms. A “juvenile” is a person who is not yet eighteen. Under federal law, one cannot purchase a firearm until one is 18 (if the gun is a long gun) or 21 (if the gun is a handgun), and one cannot “possess” a handgun until one is 18 (unless one is hunting or target shooting, neither of which apply here). In Missouri, it is illegal to “recklessly” sell, loan, or transfer a firearm to a minor without parental consent, and it is illegal to carry a firearm either openly or concealed until one is 19 (18 if a veteran or in the military).
  2. That this was not a “mass shooting” in the way that that term is typically used, but was an argument between two illegally armed minors that turned violent. This isn’t pedantry; it matters. When determining what to do about crime, it is important to understand the nature of the crime in question. From what I can tell, the aim of the two alleged shooters was not to hurt or kill those around them; they just didn’t care if they did. That does not describe most “mass shooters.”
  3. That the characterization of this incident as being reflective of “weak gun laws” is ridiculous. Per NPR, “city officials” in Kansas City “have their hands tied by the state of Missouri when it comes to passing meaningful gun safety laws.” But, even if that were true, what could it possibly have to do with this crime? Every single thing that happened here was already illegal. It is illegal for juveniles to possess handguns. It is illegal for them to carry those handguns. It is illegal for them to shoot at each other in a public place. What law relates to this, exactly? That isn’t rhetoric; I’d like an answer. Absent banning and confiscating all firearms, it’s difficult to see how this is preventable with legislation. There are more than half a billion privately owned firearms in the United States.

He’s exactly right. The gun laws we currently have already address juveniles and guns. They were lawbreakers and likely gang-bangers. There are no laws that will stop what they did and the media knows this.

As Ben Shapiro likes to say, “facts don’t care about your feelings” – or you agenda. The leftist garbage media ignore the facts of the case to pressure officials to create more gun laws that will only penalize lawful gun owners.