In a disgusting attempt to tie the National Rifle Association to the recent Florida school shooting, the New York Daily News claimed that Nikolas Cruz, the suspect who admitted gunning down 17 students and staffers at his former Florida high school, “honed his deadly marksmanship through a grant from the National Rifle Association.” The front page of the paper falsely declares that Cruz was “trained by the NRA.”
The NYDN then wrote:
In 2016, the gun lobby group’s fund-raising and charitable arm, the National Rifle Association Foundation, paid $10,827 to the gunman’s after school air-rifle team — part of a multimillion-dollar program to encourage youth shooting clubs.
The grant took place two years ago and helped fund an air-rifle team. So, where’s the actual news? That’s right, there is none. This is a prime example of clickbait garbage and propaganda intended not to provide any real information, but to inflame hatred and if possible, violence. The article is intended to give the false impression that the NRA purposefully trained Cruz to kill children.
The report adds:
Cruz, who offered to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, was wearing a maroon shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, which hosted the gun club, when he was arrested Wednesday shortly after the massacre.
The 19-year-old, whose teammates at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School called him “Wolf,” excelled in the small varsity shooting club.
Of course, it was members of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps who helped other students — something the Daily News refused to report.
One person noted:
He joined a JROTC program in school which is for kids who want to join the military later on in life. You didn't mention that other kids in this program helped protect some of their classmates. By this logic US taxpayers also trained him cause this is a public school program
— Sam's Dad (@zesty_tacos) February 17, 2018
Others responded to the blatant propaganda:
Air rifles!! They were using air rifles! BB guns! You left that out of your headline!
— @gusthehobocat #LivePD Blue Lives Matter (@gusthehobocat) February 17, 2018
— Taro Tsujimoto (@RCannon74) February 17, 2018
The air rifle team was part of the school's Junior ROTC program but I suppose click bait is what it's all about. I guess "trained by Junior ROTC" doesn't have that certain frisson. (And not to put too fine a point on it, Junior ROTC kids at that school protected fellow students.) https://t.co/MU3BspbLO8
— Mike Glenn (@mrglenn) February 17, 2018
One of the most vile, misleading headlines of our time. The term “Hack” is way too good for you
— Chris B (@chrisbrown111__) February 17, 2018
That’s why we use “propagandists.”
It's the NRA's fault he joined the ROTC.
— Jim Treacher is a dumb pseudonym (@jtLOL) February 17, 2018
So was one of the children who died defending his classmates, you scum sucking smear merchants. https://t.co/D8neIquGBL
— Dead Agent (@Recursion_Agent) February 17, 2018
Can the media sink any lower? https://t.co/beTyBB3nt2
— Botty McBotface (@JammieWF) February 17, 2018
Oh yes, just give them some time — like maybe 10 minutes…
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- Reports: Florida school shooting suspect followed ‘Syrian resistance groups’
- Virginia Democrat says he’s okay with extermination of five million Americans
- Anti-gun journo: NRA ‘must be destroyed’
- Chelsea Handler slammed GOP for Florida shooting, ignores role of shooter; Gets clock cleaned on Twitter
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