Liberals have blamed the NRA after every mass shooting, despite the fact that there has never been a report of an NRA member who committed any of the shootings. But in the shooting in Florida, liberal media finally thought they might be able to paint a connection to the gun rights group.
“TRAINED BY THE NRA.”
That is the blaring headline that the New York Daily News had for its Saturday cover about the Florida high school shooter.
Except it wasn’t exactly true.
The story cited an Associated Press report but didn’t provide any further context for the claim.
From Daily Caller:
Instead, Cruz was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program at Stoneman Douglas High School, where Wednesday’s shooting took place. JROTC programs operate in more than 1,700 high schools across the U.S. and are sponsored by the U.S. Army rather than the NRA.
Others also conveniently left out that fact making it sound like the NRA paid directly for his training.
Vox, a left-leaning website, published an article with the headline: “Nikolas Cruz was reportedly on an NRA-funded rifle team in high school.”
And Think Progress, a website affiliated with the leftist Center for American Progress, published a piece headlined, “The NRA donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland shooting suspect to use a rifle.”
In fact, while the NRA Foundation got 10,827 as part of an NRA grant for “equipment for high school air rifle teams to gun safety programs for younger children,” there is no evidence that the NRA provided marksmanship training to Cruz or any other JROTC members.
The liberal outlets also left out other important information in the story, including that some of the grant was used to pay for the kevlar mats that the JROTC used to help protect students during the shooting.
Colton Haab, a second lieutenant and platoon leader in the school’s JROTC, told The Associated Press that he helped usher about 90 students into the room where cadets train with pellet rifles. Haab moved the Kevlar sheets used as a backdrop for target practice away from the wall and told everyone to hide behind them. As it was, the shooter never approached the ROTC rooms.
“So I think the NRA actually bonused us in a way,” Haab told the AP.
The Daily News story also conveniently left out that the FBI admitted to dropping the ball in the case when they failed to investigate a phone tip from a person close to Nikolas Cruz that he was a potential school shooter.
But why let actual facts get in the way of trying to promote the narrative?
Even if the facts don’t really prove the point.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]