On Thursday, as the national press and we political bloggers were riveted on the ongoing travesty of justice and abuse of the confirmation process there was a mass shooting at a Maryland industrial park.
Snochia Moseley, 26, walked into her place of employment, the Rite Aid warehouse located in the Enterprise Business Park in Aberdeen, MD, and, at 9:06 a.m. opened fire on her colleagues with a Glock handgun.
By the time it was over, four people were dead, including Moseley who died from self-inflicted wounds, and three were hospitalized.
And yet, the story disappeared almost as it was taking place. Why might that be?
One thing we’ve learned from shootings is that the anti-gun movement doesn’t really care about the deaths and injuries caused by firearms unless the demographic is correct. That is, it has to be white, and solidly middle class or higher. If black kids get killed by the baker’s dozen every weekend in Southside Chicago, no one really gives a rat’s ass. If Latino kids get killed in East LA, who cares. When Dimitrios Pagourtzis killed 10 students and wounded 13 more at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, TX, no one said diddly squat. Compare and contrast with the treatment given to the shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL, where there were 17 deaths and 17 injuries…actually a smaller body count, in terms of a percentage of the student body, than the Santa Fe shooting. The difference was that the student body at Santa Fe were not wealthy or really even middle class–20% of the student body qualified for free lunches–and the area was staunchly pro-gun. If the so-called Parkland Kids made a stop there, is was brief and they kept on moving.
There are several factors that ensured that this shooting was not treated like a big deal.
The weapon was legally purchased in a state with just about all the “common sense” gun control measures you can stand. Concealed carry permits are still at the discretion of the county sheriff after you convince him that you have a need for the permit. Handguns and ammo can’t be transported in the passenger compartment of a vehicle so taking a handgun to the range in a pickup is interesting. They have waiting periods, background checks, proctological exams and on and on. In short, Maryland is as close to a perfect gun control regime as there is in the US. So the old bullsh** of “we don’t want to ban guns, we just want commons sense restrictions” wouldn’t work.
These were warehouse workers. These were not people the staff at the Washington Post or Bloomberg’s group or the Parkland morons care about. They are immigrant works, to boot.
The shooter was black. Right there any interest the gun controllers and the media had about this shooting began to dissipate.
The shooter was only a “she” because “she” identified as as “she.” The shooter was a black male transgender who was apparently undergoing hormone therapy.
There is no way any of the gun grabbers are going to show interest in this case because the victims are outside their sympathy demographic and they don’t want to deal with a racial element (black worker targeting immigrants), they definitely aren’t going to look at anything that makes transgender people look unstable or anything other than victims.
In short, though the gun grabbing movement is a political movement is is a movement based in wealthy, white sensibilities. All it is is a bunch of people who think they are better than anyone else trying to run other people’s lives. It is about power and it is about self-interest. They don’t really care about what happens to you and your kids, but they care a great deal about what happens to people like them.
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