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Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy Yard Shooter?

September 20, 2013

The media typically loves stories about people who go on shooting sprees but just a few days after the Navy Yard shooting story broke, no one in the media is talking about it anymore. Why?

The answer is pretty simple. The story didn’t fit the media’s preferred gun control narrative.

Had the story been about a white Tea Party member as everyone in the liberal media was hoping, we’d still be bombarded with coverage of the story. Black guy? Liberal? Mentally ill? The story no longer served any purpose for the left’s agenda so it was dropped.

Democrats love to pretend that they care about people, but as psychiatrist turned syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer points out, the state has abandoned compassion for the mentally ill…

The Real Navy Yard Scandal

On August 7, that same Alexis had called police from a Newport, R.I., Marriott. He was hearing voices. Three people were following him, he told the cops. They were sending microwaves through walls, making his skin vibrate and preventing him from sleeping. He had already twice changed hotels to escape the men, the radiation, the voices.

Delusions, paranoid ideation, auditory (and somatic) hallucinations: the classic symptoms of schizophrenia.

So here is this panic-stricken soul, psychotic and in terrible distress. And what does modern policing do for him? The cops tell him to “stay away from the individuals that are following him.” Then they leave.

But the three “individuals” were imaginary, for God’s sake. This is how a civilized society deals with a man in such a state of terror?

Had this happened 35 years ago in Boston, Alexis would have been brought to me as the psychiatrist on duty at the ER of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Were he as agitated and distressed as in the police report, I probably would have administered an immediate dose of Haldol, the most powerful fast-acting antipsychotic of the time.

This would generally relieve the hallucinations and delusions, a blessing not only in itself, but also for the lucidity it brings on that would allow him to give us important diagnostic details — psychiatric history, family history, social history, medical history, etc. If I thought he could be sufficiently cared for by family or friends to help him receive regular oral medication, therapy, and follow-up, I would have discharged him. Otherwise, I’d have admitted him. And if he refused, I’d have ordered a 14-day involuntary commitment.

Krauthammer foreshadowed this article on Special Report earlier this week…

Gun control does nothing for the mentally ill or the rest of us who are left behind when an afflicted person snaps and kills multiple innocent people. Americans would be wise to listen to psychiatrists before embracing the desires of liberal gun control advocates or their allies in the media.

We all know Aaron Alexis would still be front and center on every news report if he fit the left’s preferred narrative, rather than an inconvenient truth.

UPDATE: Instapundit links, thanks Glenn!

UPDATE II: Legal Insurrection links, thanks William!

UPDATE III: Small Dead Animals links, thanks Kate!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2013 9:57 pm

    The Navy Yard shooter didn’t fit the script. Black guy, with a shotgun, former military. This isn’t as sexy as what the media is used to.

  2. Logic permalink
    September 21, 2013 8:09 am

    Neither did the victims. Not defenceless children, but militaristic old boomers who will soon be sucking social security.

    • September 21, 2013 6:36 pm

      “Sucking social security”…really? Just use some of you “logical” thought processes and remember this: those “miltaristic old boomers” fucking well PAID into social security their entire working lives. You might want to choose a new screen lane. May I suggest “Ass Clown”?

      • CFM56 permalink
        September 22, 2013 1:04 pm

        Uh, Spight, tone it down a notch. Logic is merely adding to Atticus’ statement, that the victims don’t fit the MSM’s normal script. He’s conveying how the media thinks of the military, not what he (Logic) thinks of the victims.

        By itself, Logic’s statement is offensive; in this context, perfectly descriptive.

    • September 22, 2013 10:43 am

      The spelling….is… “defenseless”…interesting that you would so readily dismiss and mock “militaristic old boomers who will soon be sucking social security”…who died serving and defending our nation in a defenseless fashion…working in a “gun-free zone”…while you enjoy the freedom…which they enabled you to have…to express your disdain…knowing little to nothing of their worth and contributions to our society…

      • Tami D permalink
        September 24, 2013 1:01 pm

        I guess I’m reading Logic’s response in a different light. To me his comment seems sarcastic; not in a disrespectful tone but rather merely to point out that he agrees with the article.

  3. September 21, 2013 8:37 am

    I wondered how long the Navy Yard shooting would hold media interest once it became known that the shooter was black. It faded out sooner than even I expected. Of course, the dead are still dead, but where’s the fun in that if a white Conservative didn’t do the deed, right?

    • richard40 permalink
      September 23, 2013 11:20 am

      And worse than that, it was done by a Biden approved shotgun, legally obtained via background check, rather than the evil AR-15, or from a private sale. Because of that Piers Morgan cant rail about how evil AR-15’s are and how they need to be banned now, or about how all private sales need fed approved background checks.

  4. Koblog permalink
    September 21, 2013 8:47 am

    Three words: “Voted for Obama”

  5. Omar permalink
    September 21, 2013 10:03 am

    The silence started around the time they linked him to the webpage of “Mohammad Salem.”

  6. September 21, 2013 3:53 pm

    I have been watching America slowly going insane over the past fifty or more years. It’s quite a process. I find it astonishing that so many people in the planet’s leading nation can be sooooo stupid and so easily led by such obviously phony, lying politicians. Too bad really. I had such high hopes, but no more.

  7. Thucydides permalink
    September 21, 2013 5:25 pm

    Hey a Black, Liberal, Prius driving Obama supporter can’t be a mass murderer by MSM definition.

    Nothing to see here, move along

    • Claremontian permalink
      September 21, 2013 11:37 pm

      He could have been Obama’s son! Oh wait…that doesn’t fit the party line.

  8. September 21, 2013 7:55 pm

    very good points, linked to you from here

  9. Mark permalink
    September 22, 2013 4:00 am

    So Alexis did, as best he could, the right thing. He called police for help (though at the time he thought the voices were real) and they ended up blowing him off. That sucks. 12 people dead because someone couldn’t bother helping a guy who obviously needed it.

    • richard40 permalink
      September 23, 2013 11:25 am

      What exactly could the police do. The problem is the police no longer have the ability to take obviously mentally deranged people to the mental hospital anymore, so there was not much they could do. They knew he was probably nuts, but cant legally committ him with todays laws, and they could not arrest him, because he had not done anything illegal yet, crazy yes, illegal, no. We need to reexamine our involuntary committment laws. Yes they had big civil liberties problems, but they also did some good in getting nuts like this guy off the streets.

  10. anotherhuman permalink
    September 25, 2013 2:59 am

    “I have been watching America slowly going insane over the past fifty or more years. It’s quite a process. ”

    I imagine the early settlers who saw the south turn into a prison for black slaves from africa would have made a similar observation. America has been mad from day one.


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