The legacy media have a preset narrative machine when it comes to mass shootings. That narrative machine takes into account the identities of the shooter and the victims, and then churns out an explanation for the shooting. White shooter, black victims: systemic racism. Black shooter, white victims: alienation caused by systemic racism. Muslim shooter, gay victims: Christian homophobia.
On Monday, a self-identified 28-year-old trans man shot up a Christian school in Nashville, killing three children and three adults. The shooter left a manifesto, which police said reeked of “resentment.” And so this week, we are learning what pops up in the narrative machine when the inputs are “trans man” and “Christian schoolchildren.”
And here’s what pops up: America is systemically cruel to trans people, who apparently cannot be blamed for losing control and targeting small children at Christian schools. A hate crime by a trans-identifying person against a religious group is immediately transmuted into a generalized societal crime against the mass shooter herself. Thus, NBC contributor Benjamin Ryan tweeted, “NBC has ID’d the Nashville school shooter…Nashville is home to the Daily Wire, a hub of anti-trans activity by @MattWalshBlog, @BenShapiro and @MichaelJKnowles.” Newsweek tweeted a story titled, “Tennessee Republicans’ ban on drag shows criticized after mass shooting.” ABC News correspondent Terry Moran stated that the shooter “identified herself as a transgender person. The State of Tennessee earlier this month passed and the governor signed a bill that banned transgender medical care for minors…”
In the perverse world of Leftist victimology, this makes sense: If you are a member of a supposedly victimized group, you cannot be the victimizer; there must be another victimizer who has victimized you, turning you back into a victim.
But if we truly wish to prevent future acts of violence by unhinged lunatics, we ought to utilize a lens other than the lie of victimhood. Instead, we ought to consider the possibility that it is dangerous to promote the idea that mentally ill people ought to be celebrated as political groundbreakers by the legacy media for their symptoms, and simultaneously told that their suicidal ideations are caused by the intolerance of a broader society. According to a recent 2022 study, “Transgender and gender-diverse youth emerge as the group at the highest risk of support for violent radicalization.” Teaching trans-identifying people that their suffering is caused by a cruelly religious and patriarchal world, explaining that these forces put their very lives in danger – that, indeed, they are victims of a potential “genocide” – creates an incredibly dangerous ideological predicate for violent action.
But the legacy media, by and large, support that narrative. To admit the obvious – that men cannot be women and vice versa; that believing you were born “in the wrong body” is a mental disorder, not a weapon to be used in tearing down an unjust society; that high rates of depression and suicidal ideation among those who identify as transgender is not caused predominantly by societal intolerance but by the disorder itself – undermines the new civil rights crusade the Left has built, directed against traditional roles and institutions.
And so the new narrative must be maintained. A woman who shot to death six people including three children in cold blood must be recast as a victim of society. We must respect “his” pronouns even as we report “his” murders. We must blame those who truly cause pain in the world: those who disagree with the thought leaders in our legacy media, who know better than all the common sense, biology and tradition in the world.
Ben Shapiro, 39, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and co-founder of Daily Wire+. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.
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When another crazy transgender person violently attacks and murders people the democrats / progressives / leftists / media claim the murderer is a victim and have a trans day of vengeance.
this is how sick, corrupt and dishonest the leftist, democrats and media are.
I have seen women who want tone men and Vic versa and work hard to convince themselves that what they wish is for everyone to see what they see in the mirror. Recently I saw a navy seal on tv tell a man on stage that if he continued to disagree with him he would go home in an ambulance. Biologically the navy seal was a man in a dress thinking he was and wanted to be a woman.Imnot here to argue but the person sitting there was a man in a dress that shaved everyday crossed his legs all cute and smile Dalit . It is still a man or woman and I believe it is a mental illness. The church calls it like it is in Nashville and the trans didn’t like it.Go to where your accepted like San Francisco,got to help. God made two not two and a half.
What little of his manifesto that has been released, says HE had other targets, but chose that school because it was a soft target……meaning no armed police at it. Consider every school in the US could have 2 armed police stationed, with proper security for less than the $105 BILLION sent overseas to Ukraine
It would be best that the FBI release the “manifesto” (whatever that means) If they don’t
the public will assume that this diseased killer is an example of trans hatred. toward
christianity which may or may not actually be true.
Come on “Elf” you know you really want to be a conservative and I bet you voted for Trump. Glad your here I need a good laugh at the end of my day.If you ever get shot at I bet you might be a strong supporter for gun owner rights.Tour a concentration camp in Germany and then decide no more guns!!!All the best!!!
If you’re teachers had been armed, I sincerely doubt that this queer, dyke or whatever it is would have even attacked this school! If schools have to look like prisons on the outside, so be it. Americans can make our schools safe for our children if they want too. Biden stands before the media and jokes about his ice cream eating habits while his and other liberals in congress laws do nothing to protect our own citizens!
A civil war is coming to this country, arm yourselves appropriately!!!
It’s not just the Dems that are flummoxed by this issue. Our Reps don’t know what to do with it either.
As for arming teachers, I’m not sure that having a bunch of amateurs banging away at a well armed intruder is a good idea.
In addition, it’s likely that armed teachers would cause additional collateral damage and it’s unlikely that any insurance company would be willing to write the liability coverage required to cover any deaths or injuries cause by teacher’s errant shots.
Are you intimating that teachers are too dumb to be trained to properly use a gun?
Teachers would first need to qualify mentally and physically before undergoing firearms training. After learning gun safety and all the basics, they would then progress to on-site shooter “live” drills. The people who commit these terrible mass shootings are notorious for choosing “soft” targets. A school with multiple armed and well trained teachers will act as a strong deterent for any potential shooter. We’ll never know how well arming teachers will work until we try. It’s a rather drastic measure, but one that should be strongly considered along with any other potentially viable options.
It is not a drastic measure. It is reasonable, simple common sense.
You’re a subhuman for calling for a civil war.
ITS COMING LIKE A SPEEDING LOCAMOTIVE! WILL BE ARRIVING SOON!!
Idiots like you are why guns need to be banned
WOW it turns out that one of the democrats own Transgenders did the shooting and it’s the democrats fighting to Prevent schools from arming and training their teachers to carry during classes to protect the children. The Liberal democrats have created all these mass shootings with all the support of the rhino republicans. Just a reminder that Mass Shootings escalated during Obama’s 8 years, were non-existent under 4 years of Trump and have again escalated under Biden.
Not a democrat because a real democrat is anti gun.
Just like Rosie O’Donnell!
The word is RINO, not rhino.
YES …. Republican In Name Only …. RINO!
I don’t suppose anyone has considered the anger and psychosis that testosterone injections cause in the female body?? Take a person with a mental illness, who doesn’t know which sex she is, add in at least 10x the normal level of an aggression inducing hormone, and voila! Mass murder.
I am glad when anyone takes the responsibility for their own safety.
On the Nashville murders in Christain school. It is truly humorous to watch the clinical phycologists psychoanalyze the trans woman as compared to the fact that she was born and raised male. They try very hard to show how the shooter fits the statistics of “what girls do” while knowing that under all the desired disguises, she is still a he, and the behavioral analyses need to be compared to the appropriate set of statistic. “She” is not an out-layer when compared to the “he” statistics.
You’ve got your facts backwards. The shooter was a trans man who was born and raised a female.
Dan, I distinctly heard initial reports saying Audrey Hale was a “transgender woman” but just reviewed other sources and find that you are correct. I apologize for any confusion I may have added to this already horrific event. Thanks for your response!
Yup the Marxist narrative and propaganda will be set in motion by the leftist and Rino’s and will intensify up to the election. Know who you vote for and do vote.
I stopped reading this article when you cited “Trans Man”! You are using their language! When I first heard of the tragic murder of school children – oh my God! Then I learn the murderer was a adult woman – that is peeling back the onion skins of media lies! Pretty soon the good people of earth will rise and stop this evil! Trump 2024! Faith, Family and Freedom Always! Oh yeah Mike “Judas” Pence is now crying that Jan 6th subpoena is unconstitutional!
How about calling them Shehims or Himshes. Let them compete in athletics against each other. The left has pushed this to far. I’ll never accept a transgender person by anything except the sex at birth. So I’ll be called a Transfobic, their opinion means nothing to me.
As a white Christian male I will not even go down the path of Transgenderism. There are only TWO male and female. As a society we need to QUIT excepting this nonsense and non science. Trans is and always will be a mental disorder and we should work on getting the help they need and stop playing along.
Correct, and a radio host I was once listening to took it one step further saying there is a third gender, male, female and FREAK…very well said
This article mis-identifies this murderer as a “trans man”. A large part of the problem in this and many other societies today, is the unwillingness for those in the political arena and the lying fake news to tell the truth and call a spade a spade.
This was NOT a man; it was a 28 year old mentally deluded woman that self identified as a man. “She” opted to pick up a gun to take “her” personal frustrations out on innocent people.
Because the medical community at large has chosen to say the hell with common sense and promote the Communist Lefts transgender narrative, while also playing God with peoples lives for the almighty dollar, does not change one’s biological DNA.
These people are really just fu**ed up , period . Looking for their 15 minutes of fame and hiding behind their weird world of fantasy of transgender . Supported by the loony left agenda
A male is a man born a man, no one will never change those genes. Your DNA at birth will always be your gender. You may want a physical change due to your minds version of yourself but you will never change your ability to have children or create children after you alter your physical body, not through Gods given abilities.
There are no transgenders in reality. Only pretenders. No amount of surgery or hormone therapy can change that.
Americas government officials on the left are the real racist. They discriminate against law abiding, tax paying, American citizens! Conservatives are not in the habit of killing people just because they have a different opinion! ￼
Indoctrination is the primary focus of public schools today with actual education being a distant second place.
Who are “You people”?
Oh, securing the schools from murderers is quite possible. But, it would entail ridding the education system of a large percentage of leftists, and training, then arming, the teachers.
Sounds like a racist comment to me!
As long as mental illness is celebrated, even encouraged!!, tragically, we will see more of this. (It’s thought that the drugs given to suppress/encourage change in biological systems, especially female to male, amp up aggression.)
The traitor’s march to totalitarian tyranny control is rife with krap like encouraging perversions, promoting racism and hate, dissolving nuclear family units, encouraging welfare over working, etc., etc., etc. Our Republic is under attack, and the enemy is well established within our own government (pointing to you first, traitors JoeBama), indoctrination centers (public schools), judicial positions…virtually everywhere…leaving our beloved Constitutional Republic hanging by a thread.
Funny how they promote welfare. After they take over, there will no welfare, or Social Security, pensions, or Medicare. And the communists will have everyone where they want them, poor, subservient, and under government control!