USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Five people are dead, including the suspect, in a mass shooting at and around a school some 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff, where at least another 10 people have been hospitalized — some of them children,” the Record Searchlight reports Tuesday. “Tehama County Undersheriff Phil Johnston confirmed two children were also shot and wounded, but said children were not among the dead.”
While I was writing this, the suspect was identified by the Tehama County District Attorney’s Office as Kevin Janson Neal, 43. It remains to be seen if social media tracks ever existed for independent investigators to follow, or if they have been covered as often turns out to be the case.
Here’s what citizen disarmament advocates will focus on:
“The shooter had a semi-automatic rifle…”
They'll also exploit if his politics turn out to have been conservative or “pro-gun.” If not, that will be minimized.
As generally happens when “mass shooting” stories break and news outlets compete furiously for scoops and firsts, information is subject to change, and to different emphasis. Another telling of the story from the same news conglomerate refers to the shooter as “an apparent felon” who was “was involved in a domestic violence incident Monday and had been involved a few months earlier in a stabbing.”
That includes an early report that has since been sanitized. As this Google screenshot shows, and on multiple reports, an eyewitness claimed multiple assailants:
Go to one of the reports in question now, and see for yourself it has been changed:
The reference to “two gunmen” has been removed, even though KRCTV presents it under the heading “Original Article” and includes no editorial note that this substantial piece of information has been altered. It appears the change has been made without notation on other stories as well.
It’s no wonder blog reports alleging conspiracy and cover-up have already emerged.
This report is being filed shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. By the time it is posted at midnight, expect new information not included above to be released, possibly showing cites to be obsolete or flat-out wrong. That’s the nature of breaking news.
Also expect the usual attacks on gun owners and NRA having “blood on their hands” from disarmament groups, politicians, celebrities, media and useful idiot followers. You’ll no doubt see plenty of examples of that in the coming days.
Just keep in mind that California has Brady Campaign award-winning gun laws. So-called “assault weapons” with “high” (standard)-capacity magazines have already been restricted. They have background checks, waiting periods, registration…
A domestic violence rap will also result in “prohibited person” status, both at the state and federal levels. And if the guy was a felon, that’s another prohibition.
The bottom line – as much as the antis disparage the alternative, the “gun control” they insist on will never be what stops a bad guy with a gun.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.