In an op-ed titled “NBC New York Has Identified The Real Mass Shooting Threat in America: Veterans,” Mediaite’s Alex Griswold slams NBC New York for the publication of a timeline of mass shootings committed by veterans.
The timeline was created after the shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, carried out by Esteban Santiago, 26, an Iraq war veteran who served in the National Guard in Puerto Rico for six years.
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) January 7, 2017
The article begins by calling out NBC’s hypocrisy for not holding Islamic extremists to the same standard as veterans when it comes to shootings:
“Let’s get the obvious point out of the way: no, NBC New York has never made a timeline listing every mass shooting carried out by those who follow a certain ideology. When people of those ideology commit those shootings, we are buffeted with assurances that it is wrong and immoral to stigmatize millions based on the actions of a few. That courtesy evidently does not extend to our men in uniform.”
Griswold then goes on to explain that a trend of veterans carrying out shootings is “nonexistent” because there is such a large gap between shootings. While attacks from Islamic extremists are common, the same can’t be said for the isolated incidents carried out by those who once served:
“The list itself is a bit odd, since there’s a fourteen-year gap between 1996 and 2010 where not a single veteran or serviceman carried out a mass-shooting. Now usually, that’s a pretty good indication that your trend is nonexistent. But NBC dug up three shootings from two decades ago, and if you’re going to smear America’s veterans, why not go the full mile?”
“The clear impression a reader would get is that serving in the military somehow causes one to carry out a mass shooting (I guess they’re going for PTSD?) There’s actually a lively debate on whether there’s a correlation between the two, but there’s nothing academic or nuanced about a listicle. Missing from a timeline is the fact that correlation does not imply causation: for one thing, mass shooters are nearly all men, and 24% of U.S. men are veterans.”
Griswold also points out that military service can’t be used as reasoning as to why veterans have carried out shootings, since one was carried out by Micah Johnson, “a black militant who believed in race war” and another by Wade Michael Page, “a white supremacist who wanted the same.”
The same can’t be said for Jihadists, where every attack is justified and carried out based on their interpretation of the Quran, and the violent teachings of their religion.
Griswold’s full article can be viewed here.
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