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The Latest Mass Shooting Doesn’t Fit CNN’s Typical Narrative

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On Friday, June 1, 2019, a gunman killed twelve people and wounded six at a Virginia Beach municipal center.

The shooter, was an African American male by the name of DeWayne Craddock who was a “longtime public utilities employee.”

The perpetrator used a .45 handgun to commit the indiscriminate slaughter and was shot dead by police.

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According to an NBC report, Craddock, who worked for the city for about 15 years as an engineer, “recently purchased multiple firearms legally.”

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Naturally, there were calls for gun control from Democrats, who ignore that Craddock passed his federal background check like every gun owner in the nation has to.

The media have been relatively silent about this shooting, with some speculating that it may have  to do with the fact that the shooter was African American.

In the wake of other shootings, media outlets like Newsweek tend to focus on how 54 percent of shootings are committed by whites. The report Newsweek used in this instance was from 2017.

From 1982 until June 2018, 59 of the 101 mass shootings during that period were committed by white people according to data from Statista, a site which provides “statistics and studies from more than 22,500 sources.” African Americans had the next-highest number of mass shooting perpetrators at 16.

From the looks of it, the Virginia Beach shooting does not fit the media’s ongoing narrative, thus it will not receive much coverage like other shootings.

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Trump Pardons 9/11 Hero & Ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik

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On February 18, 2020, President Donald Trump announced the pardon of Bernard Kerik, the former NYPD commissioner who spent time in prison for tax fraud and lying to the government.

This news came hours after Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner was convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. DeBartolo Jr. built one of the most successful franchises in NFL history.

Kerik was nominated to be the nation’s head of homeland security on one occasion and spent three years in prison before being released in 2013.

He was viewed as a hero for leading the NYPD during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, Kerik’s image took a hit when he became the first New York City police commissioner to be imprisoned for federal crimes.

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His legal problems spilled over and muddied the political aspirations of other elected officials, such as former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

While leaving the White House Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he “pardoned” Kerik “a man who had many recommendations from a lot of good people.”

After being pardoned, Kerik went on Twitter to thank the president writing that “there are no words to express my appreciation and gratitude to President Trump. He continued by saying that “with the exception of the birth of my children, today is one of the greatest days in my life.”

Kerik proceed to describe his prison experience as “dying with your eyes open,’ citing the “collateral consequences and the permanent loss of many of your civil and constitutional rights are personally devastating.”

Kerik volunteered to be Giuliani’s chauffeur and provided security during his first unsuccessful run for mayor. Once he secured the mayor’s office in 1993, Giuliani promoted Kerik, a high school dropout, to the highest echelons of New York City government.

The mayor eventually promoted his former bodyguard as the city’s 40th police commissioner in 2001.

Kerik almost became President George Bush’s Homeland Security Secretary in 2004, but he was quickly dropped as a nominee.

Two days afterwards, The Daily News reported that Larry Ray, who had been the best man at Kerik’s wedding, had presented evidence of Kerik failing to report thousands of dollars in gifts he’d received while he was an employee of New York City.

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