2nd Amendment, Culture, Politics

A Tale of Two Shootings… and Two Media Narratives

While peripherally studying the news coverage of both the Buffalo shooting at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, and the Laguna Woods shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church, I was struck by the amount of news and analysis being given to the Buffalo shooting, while the Laguna Woods shooting, which is close to me, has been all but ignored…

By the time Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene, the suspect, later identified as 68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas, was hogtied by an extension cord by churchgoers. The churchgoers had also confiscated at least two weapons, the sheriff’s department said.

Why is this not national news? Churchgoers chose not be statistics—Bravo! These congregants didn’t hide under their pews. They bravely took down the shooter, took away his weapons, hogtied him, and waited for the cops to arrive…

It’s an incredible story on a number of levels, and should be lauded, applauded, and reported from every major outlet. Yet, the Laguna Woods shooting is relegated to local news, and the Buffalo Shooting, which happened on Saturday, continues to dominate the national news and analysis cycle. Both shootings are tragedies about the shooter. Both men came from out of town in order to target a particular community where they did not belong. Read more…

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