Typically, when there is a mass shooting in the U.S., it is national news, running on every headline from coast to coast. It seems every dinner table, work break room, and news outlet in the nation is abuzz with the tragic loss of life, no matter how few or many were actually taken. And all too often politicians use these events to boost their cause, rally supporters, and tear their opponents down.
Take the disastrous shooting in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart last year. It was discussed for weeks, with everybody and their mother commenting on the whys, hows, and what should be done. Then-presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke used it to torpedo his name to the forefront of the race with some of the most drastic anti-Second Amendment proposals the nation had ever seen.
And yet when Anthony Ferrill walked into his former place of employment in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and killed five people and then himself last week, the world didn’t seem to notice. Sure, it was briefly covered by all the local news outlets and even a few big-name ones from across the country. But other than that, the massacre was pretty much ignored, a mere mentionable fact and nothing more.
The latter event’s lack of notoriety begs us to ask why it was seen as somehow less important. Why is Milwaukee’s tragedy not worth talking about, and El Paso’s is?
Sure, the loss of life in Milwaukee was considerably less, with 21 being killed in El Paso and 6 in Wisconsin. But that doesn’t mean this fewer amount of people’s lives were any less precious. They were still mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, husbands and wives. They were still loved, cherished, and part of someone’s happily ever after.
Part of it can probably be blamed on the sheer timing of the event. With new coronavirus cases turning up left and right and one of the most controversial presidential races in U.S. history underway, the news quickly got put on the back burner. After all, the leftist-backed media needs to stay on top of Democratic primaries far more than they need to worry about five poor souls in the Cheese State, right?
And that brings us to another reason you likely didn’t hear much about the happenings at the Molson Coors brewery: the shooter didn’t fit the left’s usual narrative.
So what it the typical narrative?
Well, as the U.K.’s Sky News and FBI Director Christopher Wray says, most acts of “domestic terrorism” are done for racial reasons, and white supremacy is at the top of the list. Wray told a Senate committee in July of last year, “I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well.”
And according to Sky News, “About 60% of America is white-only, while current stats show white people carry out about 58% of shootings. But as a proportion of all races and shootings, white people far outstrip others.”
They and other left-leaning outlets seem ever so happy to push the narrative that mass shootings are carried out by trigger-happy, overly conservative white nationalists ready to stomp out anyone who doesn’t look or believe as they do. For them, the El Paso shooting only proved that.
But Ferrill doesn’t exactly fit that bill.
First of all, he is black.
Second of all, it is highly unlikely that he was of a conservative mindset. No, we don’t know that for sure, but several things point to the idea that he wasn’t. First and foremost being his wife, who is a well-known Warren fan.
Ferrill’s wife has attended several Warren political events, including one of her rallies in 2019, as well as a speech from the congresswoman at a local high school. She even posed for a selfie with the senator. In addition, Ferrill’s wife is known to be fairly outspoken on her social media accounts regarding several more progressive ideas.
And as we all know, most people tend to have similar political tendencies as their spouse. Therefore, it’s unlikely that Ferrill himself was a devout right-leaning Republican.
These two facts alone prove the narrative wrong, and so, as the media does with anything they can’t explain by their standards, it was ignored and swept under the rug known as the ever-present anti-Trump movement.