On Tuesday, a lone woman entered YouTube’s headquarters and allegedly shot three people before turning the gun on herself. The shooter was identified as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam who, the UK Daily Mail said, was an Iranian animal rights activist. Other reports said Aghdam was a prolific user of YouTube who was upset the company demonetized and censored her content. Nevertheless, ignorant liberal hatemongers blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) and used the shooting to smear the civil rights group.
“Another shooting,” said Michael Ian Black. “I’m going to politicize the f**k out of it, and so should you. The NRA is a terrorist organization.”
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Other anti-gun leftists weighed in, Twitchy said:
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) April 3, 2018
Of course, there’s nothing to indicate the shooter had any affiliation with the NRA, but facts no longer matter to the insane left.
@Comey Some pro-gun and @NRA types were upset that @YouTube decided to ban "gun / shooting videos" to be posted on their venue. I wonder if this shooting incident is revenge to force #YouTube to be associated with a "gun shooter video".
— "I drink and I know things" (@TikiRose) April 3, 2018
Talk about a conspiracy theory.
And of course, there were the obligatory calls for violence against the NRA.
Shooter at You Tube headquarters I don't believe in violence but there should be a headline that reads "Active Shooter at NRA Headquarters" instead
— Marge Davis (@Marjee123) April 3, 2018
The UK Mirror reported:
Aghdam was pictured at a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) rally in San Diego paper over the use of pigs in military training in 2009.
On her now defunct YouTube page, the 39-year-old described herself as “the Persian Azeri female vegan athlete and animal rights activist promoting VEGANISM, the healthy and humane way of living.”
The UK Telegraph added:
Sources told NBC that Aghdam appeared to have a YouTube channel and had posted videos criticising the video-sharing service for censorship.
According to the broadcaster, she says in a video posted in January 2017 that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video, Aghdam reportedly says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being “filtered” by the company, it received far fewer views.
Aghdam was also a prominent animal rights protester.
She was quoted in a 2009 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune about a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the use of pigs in military trauma training.
The UK Daily Mail further said:
Aghdam, who was a self-described animal rights activist and ‘vegan bodybuilder’, had a significant online presence with multiple YouTube channels and social media pages.
In a video that Aghdam posted back in January 2017, she vented about her content being censored. She also said that her YouTube channel, which had more than 5,000 subscribers, used to get many views but claimed she started getting less when the company ‘filtered’ her videos.
Aghdam’s YouTube channels and social media pages were all removed in the hours after the shooting.
Notice, if you will, there’s absolutely no mention of the NRA.
TMZ also said she Aghdam posted videos that featured her dressed in traditional Muslim clothing. At one point, it was thought the shooting may have been connected to a domestic incident with her husband or boyfriend, but the San Bruno Police Department said, “there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”
One thing, however, is clear: The NRA had absolutely nothing to do with this.
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