Did you notice how the media seemed to do a lot of coverage of the Youtube headquarters shooting? At least right up to the point of the identifying of the shooter. Then once her identity came out and they realized it didn’t fit the narrative, it seemed to get dropped like a hot stone.
A liberal Iranian vegan PETA protester with a grievance against Youtube didn’t fit what the media wanted to pitch, so it was bye bye story.
Well, now there’s a couple more aspects of the story they’re not going to like very much.
First, her father had notified the police about her grievance against Youtube. And the police found her before the shooting.
From SF Gate:
After police there let her go, finding no evidence she posed a threat, she went to a local gun range to practice shooting, then drove to San Bruno, parked near YouTube and entered its grounds through a parking garage, authorities said.
So the police at the very least made an error in judgment in letting her go on her way.
She had no past history seemingly and no mental illness so she had no problem obtaining a weapon.
The shooter, Nasim Aghdam, 39, legally bought her 9mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistol on Jan. 16 from a gun dealer in San Diego. She also bought at least two magazines for the gun.
Under a California law designed to limit the possible carnage from shootings, Aghdam was limited to 10-round magazines. Caldwell said a second magazine was found at the scene, indicating she had squeezed the trigger numerous times.
“The suspect began firing the pistol until it was empty, dropped the magazine, reloaded a new magazine into it, continued firing and then turned the gun on herself,” Caldwell said.
Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox College in Illinois, said Aghdam’s case appeared to differ in significant ways from recent rampages.
“Nobody died except her, she was using a handgun instead of a high-powered weapon, and she had a specific grievance against this business rather than trying to make a statement to the world,” said McAndrew, an expert on the psychology of mass killers.
“The fact that she was willing to kill herself without having killed a lot of other people first,” he said, “indicates the killing of a lot of people wasn’t her primary goal.”
McAndrew believes Aghdam planned the attack.
“It is a little suspicious,” he said. “You go 39 years without a gun, then you get a gun and go out and do something like this. One has to think she wasn’t buying it for protection.”
He noted that, short of banning handguns, none of the proposed gun control measures — such as beefing up background checks and banning assault weapons — apparently would have stopped Aghdam. As far as anyone knows, she had not been diagnosed with mental illness.
Add to that limitation on the capacity of the magazine made no difference either. And because no one else at the company was armed, she had the time in the world to reload even if she wasn’t particularly fast
Nothing being proposed by any of the anti-gun activists in regard to any of these issues would have stopped this woman. The only thing that might have would have been the police when they rousted her or someone else being armed at the office.