Last Thursday, 26-year-old Snochia Moseley walked into a drugstore warehouse in Aberdeen Maryland and began shooting. She managed to shoot and kill three people before turning the gun on herself, taking her own life.
Moseley worked at the warehouse and showed up for her shift as usual, but around 9am, she suddenly pulled out a handgun and just started shooting. Others at the warehouse said there was a meeting at the warehouse, after which Mosely began arguing with another employee near where the time clock was located. Then she was just descried as ‘just going off’ when she began shooting.
Besides the three others killed, others were wounded, prompting coworkers to come to their aid, trying to stop the bleeding and making the wounded as comfortable as possible.
This latest mass shooting did make the mainstream media, but failed to get the same type of prominent attention that most mass shootings get. Some may think the lack of sensationalism with the media is due to the nation becoming calloused to mass shootings, but I don’t think that’s the reason why this incident hasn’t received the same prominent hype that others receive and there are two reasons why.
The first reason is that Moseley used a single handgun and not an assault-style weapon. Ask any police department in any major city in the US and you will learn that the vast majority of shootings involve handguns. The use of assault-style weapons in shootings account for only a very small portion, yet they get the most attention.
The reason for that is that the targeting of assault-style weapons by gun control activists is much easier than targeting handguns.
The second reason for the lack of media hype is that the Maryland warehouse shooting was done by a female. In their coverage of the shooting, CBS This Morning, a station that usually jumps all over any mass shooting, only gave this latest mass shooting the normal coverage they give most of their other news stories.
During their reporting, they made the comment that this shooting does not fit the profile for mass shootings, because it was carried out by a female. They showed a graphic that claimed that 94% of mass shootings are carried out by males, as if justifying why they were not giving this story the same sensationalistic coverage they give most mass shootings.
Whenever a male commits a mass shooting, the mainstream media, including CBS instantly start calling for more gun control laws. They point to all kinds of statistics to justify their insistence for more gun control laws and even the banning of assault-style weapons, large capacity magazines and even raising the legal age to purchase a firearm. Incidentally, raising the age took place after just 1 mass shooting incident where a male under the age of 21 legally purchased the firearm that was used in the mass shooting.
Based upon their track record, I can’t help but ask if gun control activists will use this mass shooting to start trying to make some kind of gender restrictions in upcoming gun control legislation? After all, they target everything else involved in mass shootings, except the real reason for so many shootings – the amoral condition of American society. Until that issue is resolved, America will continue to experience mass shootings and rampant gun violence regardless of how many gun control laws they pass.
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