LOS ANGELES, eptember 16, 2013—The only thing we know about the tragic Navy Yard shooting is that we do not know anything. The initial press conference served only to take preconceived biases that many people possess and throw them away.
Commander Tim Jirus spoke first, followed by Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier spoke last, offering the most substantive remarks.
Chief Lanier confirmed at least 12 people dead with a few others injured. A few police officers were injured but only one by gunfire.
The FBI will lead the investigation, and 800-CALL-FBI is the tip line. The area is on lockdown, and people can call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713 for more information.
Yet the key element in this entire tragedy is that there is no known motive.
While radical Islam is the usual culprit, and could very well be the case here, as of now this cannot be proven. Chief Lanier does not think it is terrorism.
The suspect who is dead has not been identified, but she described two other possible suspects who are till at large.
The first one is a white male between age 40 and 50 wearing a tan military uniform.
That would play into the leftist stereotype of a Tea Party attendee. Yet that would be as erroneous as the right assuming the radical Islam connection as of this moment (although in most cases again the radical islam cause is more likely).
The Tea Party narrative died with the second suspect.
He is a black male between age 40 and 50 wearing an olive military uniform.
Had the black suspect been announced first, perhaps people would have jumped to another incorrect conclusion, possibly connected to black rage.
Another press conference will be held in the afternoon, but right now everybody needs to check their biases at the door.
The only thing we know is that at least twelve innocent Americans lost their lives. Ripping each other limb from limb without having any facts or evidence only makes mattes worse. The chattering class should go on lockdown themselves until we know more.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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