As usual, the media is obsessed with a frightening shooting this morning at New York City’s Empire State Building that occurred about 60 minutes ago, and rightly so. Reports state up to 10 people were shot, including the shooter, who was shot dead by police. Reports suggest one of the shooting victims may also be dead, and the violence may have been related to a disgruntled worker. The media is repeately stating this was not a terrorism incident.
Sadly, last night, eight people were also shot in Chicago in one incident, and a total of 19 people were victims of gun violence in Chicago last night — within 30 minutes.
The media have largely ignored this story from Chicago, despite the fact that 19 is a lot more than eight.
“Chicago police are searching for a person who shot and wounded eight people in one incident on the South Side at 79th and Kingston,” local Chicago ABC 7 News reports:
Two of the victims are 14- and 15-year-olds; both are at Comer Children’s Hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. One of them was shot in the arm. Another was shot in the back of the neck.
Eight people were hit. Seven young men and one woman were hit ranging in age from 14 to 20. Most are in stable condition.
There were also other shootings overnight. Those were separate incidents, but in all, 19 people were shot and injured from Thursday night into early Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the top three major cable news networks, MSNBC, CNN, and FOX are all covering the Empire State shooting live.
In fact, every day of the year, there are victims of gun violence, including multiple victims in singular incidents, like the July 20 Aurora, Colorado shooting massacre that took twelve lives and wounded 58 others. Or like the tragic August 8 shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin that left a total of seven people dead. Or like the August 13 shooting near Texas A&M University that left three dead.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence notes today that an estimated 104 people were shot already today, and 268 people are shot every single day in America. The Brady Campaign adds 63,824 people have been shot this year, with a total of 97, 820 people shot each year, here in the United States of America. 9,484 people are killed by someone with a gun every year in America.
But since there was a shooting today, it’s not time for us to talk about gun violence or gun control.
Perhaps the NRA, so-called “gun rights” advocates (guns have rights?) and Second Amendment advocates will let us know what day would be “good” to begin a national conversation on gun control.
We invite you to sign up for our new mailing list, and subscribe to The New Civil Rights Movement via email or RSS.