Despite a complete media blackout by law enforcement officers investigating the case, the mainstream media remains obsessed with the idea of selling the public on the idea that a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado Springs was the focus of a mass murder’s* rage on Friday.
The known facts that have leaked out, however, don’t support this narrative.
- there is no evidence that the killer ever attempted to search for victims inside Planned Parenthood. He was there six hours, and never left the one room he was hiding in until he surrendered
- at least 11 of the 12 people shot in the attack were shot outside of the Planned Parenthood location (the 12th victim’s location when she was shot remained unconfirmed)
- neither Planned Parenthood employees nor customers were among the casualties (two of the three dead, however, had come to support customers)
- eyewitness accounts place most of the victims in one of several parking lots, up to 350 yards away
- police radio traffic indicates the murderer was near or inside Planned Parenthood shooting out of the location
- the only only confirmed gunfire going into the Planned Parenthood location came from from police officers attempting to pin the shooter down so that authorities could rescue victims in the parking lots and who had escaped into surrounding businesses
He clearly used the Planned Parenthood as his base of operations to launch his attack on surrounding businesses, but the killer’s attention to Planned Parenthood itself was clearly minimum.
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As the media obsesses over the dozen shot in Colorado Springs, they’ve given scant attention to another mass shooting, once with both more victims (17) and more suspects, some of whom remain on the loose.
Because it doesn’t suit their political needs, the Bunny Friend Park Shooting has been effectively memory-holed.
Police say Joseph “Moe” Allen is one of an unknown number of shooters who opened fire in Bunny Friend Park on Nov. 22, wounding 17 people in an attack that made international headlines. But Allen’s mother says he was in Texas at the time, shopping with his pregnant wife for baby clothes.
“I just want to set the record straight,” Deborah Allen said Sunday night (Nov. 29), one day after her son surrendered to law enforcement. “My son was in Texas, not New Orleans. You can’t be in two places at the same time.”
Her comments came hours after Allen, 32, appeared in Orleans Parish magistrate court, where public records show a judge set his bond at $1.7 million on 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder. He also is being held without bond on an unspecified out-of-state warrant.
New Orleans police spokesman Tyler Gamble would not say how investigators managed to identify Allen as a suspect. He reiterated that Allen did not give a statement to detectives when he was arrested.
Allen is the only person publicly identified by police as a suspect in the shooting, although authorities say there were other shooters.
“This is just the first shoe to drop,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a Friday news conference where authorities named Allen as a suspect. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure all the other shoes drop as well.”
It’s all about narratives, folks.
Far more people are murdered in an average weekend in Chicago in petty gang-related violence (8 dead, 20 wounded is this last weekend’s butcher’s bill), or in a bad weekend in any one of a half-dozen other cities, but the taking of minority lives by other minority suspects truly doesn’t matter to those in the mainstream media.
They only seem to care if the fatalities can be used to advance an agenda of gun bans and gun control. Focusing on the more routine slaughters that make up the vast majorities of murders in America would support increased police presence and lower tolerance of gang-related crime, which would point out the inept leadership in most of the high-crime cities dominated by decades of mismanagement by anti-gun Democrats.
We can’t have that now, can we?
* Bearing Arms does not publish the names of mass or spree killers.