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Why national media ignore San Antonio theater shooting

On Sunday December 16, two days after the horrible shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Jesus Manuel Garcia, 19 years old, went to the China Garden restaurant in San Antonio, Texas to kill his exgirlfriend.

The man started shooting in the restaurant and most of the patrons fled across a mall to the Mayan Palace 14 theater. Garcia chased them and continued shooting. It was like the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, with one big exception – an off duty armed police officer who was working at the theater.

Now aren’t you wondering why this wasn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting? Here’s why – the off-duty officer, Lisa Castellano, pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone.

Also, since this story supports the point that the NRA is trying to make, that the best course of action to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the national media treats it like it never happened.

Excerpt:

If the media were honestly looking for solutions to gun violence, they should have jumped on the San Antonio to show the difference a good person with a gun can make. But they didn’t, apparently because it does not fit the narrative that the mainstream media promote — that is, that guns cause violence rather than prevent it.

and,

Though they gave the Aurora theater shooting mega-publicity and spun it in a way that meshed with their anti-gun agenda, the major media almost completely ignored another Aurora shooting that occurred last April.

In the little-reported shooting, 29-year-old Kiarron Parker, after killing his first victim outside an Aurora church, immediately encountered armed resistance from a churchgoer who killed him before he could take any more innocent lives.

Only the local media covered both stories.

San Antonio is giving Lisa Castellano and other first responders a medal next week.

Just thought you’d like to know.

 

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  1. readingmike94

    Ted you overreached again read the story it was an off duty police officer not some average person with a gun. you tagged the story concealed carry and gun control. Yet nobody in the gun control debate says off duty cops should not be able to carry a gun. the concealed carry debate is not about off duty cops being allowed to carry a gun they are allowed. she was an employee at the theatre you could argue why dont more private businesses employ off duty cops? are they more concerned about the bottom line profits or their patrons safety?

    • Ted Biondo

      Readingmike, the second story in the post in Aurora was an armed citizen not a police officer. The point was less killing occurred because armed people were there to stop the shooter.

  2. The Lame-stream media also ignores the OTHER Aurora shooting, a few months before the widely-publicized theater shooting:

    On April 22 of this year a convicted felon, just out of jail, went to an Aurora, Colorado, church and shot and killed a member of the congregation before being killed himself by a congregant carrying a gun.

    Read more at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/12175-two-aurora-shootings-one-widely-known-the-other-ignored

  3. Because facts don’t fit their agenda. Someone doesn’t need to be a cop to be responsible and protect others or their own family.

  4. NAVYFLYER10

    Ted, please, don’t tell me that the lame stream media is biased! Say it ain’t so!!

    I am a former Naval Officer and RIO and rated “expert marksman” in both pistol and rifle. As someone who has both registered weapons and liscensed for “concealed carry” and stays current, I almost always have a weapon with me. Given one of these atrocious situations, I will use my weapon and take the gunman down. If an armed intruder breaks into my home, I will take him out by whatever means is necessary.

    Am I someone special? No!

    Am I a gun nut? No!

    I am someone exercising my rights and protecting my family, myself and others.

    So the left wing nuts, such as Cunningham can scream all they want, I DO NOT CARE!!

    • Ted Biondo

      Thank God there are people like you NAVYFLYER10. Too bad more of us don’t have qualified experience. But practice makes perfect. I, for one, am starting to fill out my FOID paperwork as we post this.

  5. This doesn’t support the point the NRA is trying to make at all.

    An off duty police officer is a far cry from some random vigilante minded person walking the streets with a gun looking for trouble.

    • Ted Biondo

      Todd A – I guess you didn’t read the other part of the post about the Aurora Church. One of the vigilanti who was at a church, a hardened person I’m sure, took care of a shooter.- you guys just don’t want to admit the truth that guns can save lives in the right hands.You and the media don’t want these incidents to exist!

      Though they gave the Aurora theater shooting mega-publicity and spun it in a way that meshed with their anti-gun agenda, the major media almost completely ignored another Aurora shooting that occurred last April.

      In the little-reported shooting, 29-year-old Kiarron Parker, after killing his first victim outside an Aurora church, immediately encountered armed resistance from a churchgoer who killed him before he could take any more innocent lives.

  6. JRM_CommonSense

    There are neighborhoods in this area and in many other areas of the country that are Planned Development Units or have Homeowner’s Associations governed by CC&rs that contain gun restrictions. Some go so far as to ban guns in their neighborhoods. People moving into those neighborhoods have to agree to the CC&Rs or they are not allowed to move there.

    There are rental units that also prohibit guns on the premises.

    In all of these situations these agreements are legally binding and enforcable in the court system.

    So, even though the Constitution gives people the right to bear arms, other entitites do not restrict the right to own weapons, but they restrict the presence of such weapons in the neighborhoods. AND the people that decide to move there sign a document that says they agree to living by the rules and regulations of the neighborhood.

    Where does that leave us?

  7. Todd, maybe you can cite an example of one crazed private citizen shooting in Wisconsin since C/C. Unfortunately we can’t know how many shootings were deterred because of C/C. Yes, we can’t count them because they didn’t happen.

  8. One story is not evidence or proof. One story is just that… one story. If stories like Ted’s are evidence then this story from Fox news (lame stream media?) would prove that even well trained, well intentioned gun carrying people “could” unintentionally injure more people during a shoot out than just the culprit.

    “All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.”
    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/25/nypd-shooting-bystander-victims-hit-by-police-gunfire/#ixzz2HD4w95rR

    This is why the never ending name calling on both sides is fruitless in solving our problems. We need evidence that is then utilized and not ignored just because it goes against your ideology. We all have ideology. All I suggest is that our discussion as Americans is mature and consistent. Many people get outraged at the possible limitations to the second amendment but never bother worrying about the government’s lack of respect for the 4,5,6 and 10 amendments. The second amendment will not protect us from the tyranny of the government without demanding respect for ALL the amendments.
    An armed citizen in every location has the potential to both help and hurt innocent bystanders. That’s the real issue. All idealists ON BOTH SIDES refuse to take into account unintended consequences, and give a nuanced yet enforceable idea.

    • Ted Biondo

      There’s hundreds of stories about the same thing. Look it up on the internet, Mike. It’s just that the national news media doesn’t cover stories where people are saved, but only when there are more than 4 killed. It’s all there!

  9. readingmike94

    ted… you didnt lead with the story of kiarron parker and you didnt conclude with her story. the fact is the point you were making was with the story of an off duty cop with a gun. you didnt give the background of kiarron parker’s story like you did with the story of the shooting at the theatre. your point was lisa’s story and when it was pointed out it doesnt fit the headline you posted you quickly shifted to kiarron’s story.

  10. readingmike94

    ahem ted i looked at a right wing blog similiar to yours about the story. they had the similiar headline the story stated that the man who killled kiarron parker was an off duty cop who was attending the church service now if this is a fact based discussion you lead us to believe it was an average person with had a concealed gun but it both cases they were off duty cops who are allowed to carry guns that gun control laws would not target . your story and examples are misleading please tell me how it is otherwise

    • Ted Biondo

      There are many others on the internet, readingmike – go find them.

  11. Google “CCW stops crimes” and you will finds many accounts where concealed-carry works.

    In addition, you might find these stats interesting:

    Professors James D. Wright and Peter Rossi surveyed 2,000 felons incarcerated in state prisons across the United States. Wright and Rossi reported that 34% of the felons said they personally had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”; 69% said that they knew at least one other criminal who had also; 34% said that when thinking about committing a crime they either “often” or “regularly” worried that they “[m]ight get shot at by the victim”; and 57% agreed with the statement, “Most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.” (James D. Wright & Peter H. Rossi, Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms [1986]. See Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda? by Don B. Kates, et. al. Originally published as 61 Tenn. L. Rev. 513-596 [1994]).

  12. Ted. You brought us a story so I bring a story back to you. This is not evidence. I can look up anecdotes on both sides all day. Once again this is not evidence.

    Try this SCIENCE instead.

    State background checks for gun purchase and firearm deaths: An exploratory study
    Preventive Medicine Volume 55, Issue 4, October 2012, Pages 346–350
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743512003295

    My point is this. I expect more of ALL of us. It took me 5 minutes to find science to share with your readership about gun control. You shared a story about gun control.

    You have an opinion and you are making a point. Excellent! Is your point that the media is biased or that gun control does not work? Whichever one it is please give us some meat and not just a story that is just that…an anecdote. Sensationalism is the problem with the lame stream media. Don’t be a part of the problem.

  13. SNuss
    Thank you for bringing something of substance to the discussion. My only criticism is that surveys of anyone are in their very nature biased. We all lie when questioned directly about subjects and the way a question is written biases the answers.

  14. Did you hear about the woman in Atlanta that saved her two children and herself from a home intruder?

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/06/mom-shoots-intruder-saves-kids/

    I’m sure ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, or PMSNBC had to have covered this story.

  15. Mike: In a “free” Country, we are forced to accept that SOME people, through criminal intent, or mental defect, WILL commit acts such as what happened at Sandy Hook. We can’t stop such acts by becoming a police state, because even dictatorships have such atrocities occur, and I doubt you would care for the other “infringements” that a totalitarian regime includes.

    We CAN search for meaningful and realistic answers to reduce the number of such incidents, without abridging the Constitutional rights of others. Offering gun owners educational materials on proper gun storage would be such an idea. Getting the Federal government to fully establish a national database of ineligible criminals, and those mental patients deemed “a danger to themselves, and others” would assist gun dealers in screening their clients, prior to purchases, even at gun shows. A FOID card is not a significant restriction, IMHO.

    Educating the public that the real world is nothing like what is shown in violent movies and video games might restore a sense of perspective, to undo what the Leftists use to incite Draconian gun control (and other) propaganda among the uninformed.

    As to the positive uses of guns, and to keep track of the anti-gun propaganda, I find this site informative: http://gunssavelives.net/

  16. http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_08.html

    If you are intent on killing someone, it doesn’t matter if there is a gun handy or so it appears.

    “In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.”

    • Ted Biondo

      You are right Wilson, you can kill someone with anything. I don’t know why liberals, socialists, Commies, etc. are so against people being able to protect themselves. Do you think it’s because the above mentioned groups are always trying to figure out how to steal your money and give it to someone else, and therefore, are afraid of reprisals from their victims?

  17. It was no accident Obama didn’t go after gun control 2-3 years ago. He was allowing millions more weapons be manufactured and ammunition be sold so they could TAX and REGULATE it. I saw this coming a long time ago. It’s all about money, not saving lives. Kinda sick, but nothing new in the mind of a communist/socialist. Do you think he gives a hoot about the 2nd Amendment or our rights?? Perfect example, just look at cigarettes. It’s about tax revenue, not saving lives, or they would be banned. How’s that for the “bleeding heart” falacy?

  18. If big “media” wasn’t beholden to big “pharma” for advertising dollars they’d be reporting what researchers have been saying for more than a decade. If the information below was common knowlede we could have a meaningful discussion about how to solve the problem:

    http://www.hangthebankers.com/list-of-school-shootings-on-antidepressants/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S-7aNPf33A
    http://ssristories.com/

  19. JRM_CommonSense

    Didn’t the government try banning a “sinful and harmful” product by a Constitutional amendment many years ago? I think it was called prohibition. Aren’t these the same people that complain about regulating the size of soft drinks, banning soft drinks from school vending machines and lunch programs? Yet it would be alright to ban cigarettes!

  20. wayne archer

    But Fox News didn’t report on this either. You can confirm that by a google search. So then it looks like you’re telling us that Fox News is part of the infamous lamestream media and is promoting gun control. No foolin? Maybe you need to think again.

  21. Actually, I don’t think that cigarettes should be banned (BTW, I DO NOT smoke). They should be restricted in the sense that businesses should be allowed to choose whether or not they permit smoking in their establishments. Children shouldn’t be forced to inhale cigarette smoke. Adults should be offered incentives to quit. But, it IS their decision to make.

    What I find most hypocritical is that the government taxes cigarettes to fund health programs, which then become a burden on the rest of us, when cigarette sales drop, and the tax revenue shrinks..

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