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Was El Paso Shooting Inspired By Enviro-Fanatics Who’ve Pledged To Go Childless?

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The mainstream media know the alleged El Paso shooter is almost certainly mad, yet have been happy to repeat the Democrats’ unhinged charges that President Donald Trump incited him. They have virtually ignored any possibility he was in part motivated by the hand-wringers who say they won’t be having kids for environmental reasons. It doesn’t fit the blame-Trump narrative.

First, we need to point out that we’re on record saying that, on both El Paso and Dayton, “Trying to pin the blame for these maniacs’ murderous actions on any one person, other than the shooter, is political opportunism at its worst.”

As we said last week, “The only thing the (El Paso) manifesto makes clear is that the author of it is an entirely deranged psychopath.

Nothing has changed. We still believe this. The shooter, and he alone, is the violent criminal in this incident.

The establishment media, of course, disagree on this matter of individuals being responsible for their own criminal actions, remaining stuck in the ditch of the their Trump Derangement Syndrome. They first happily reported the daft comments from Beto O’Rourke, former Vice President Joe Biden, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Then they snarkily focused on the “you’re not welcome here” reaction by some to the president’s visits to El Paso and Dayton.

All of this, of course, is intended to cement in the public’s mind that Trump is directly responsible for the El Paso massacre.

There have been references to the alleged shooter’s environmental positions. But, to our knowledge, no media outlet has blamed Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or Al Gore — whose movie title “An Inconvenient Truth” appears to have been the inspiration for the manifesto that has a nearly identical title — for the murders.

But in the manifesto that has been linked to the alleged shooter, we find a damning statement about half way through the screed.

“Most of y’all are just too stubborn to change your lifestyle. So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”

This passage follows a long list of environmentalist grievances and comes just before the manifesto turns to the “gear,” the shooter’s weapon of choice, that is to be used to “get rid of enough people.”

Were the media owners of open minds, upon seeing this, their thoughts would have turned to the “birthstrikers,” an easy-to-ridicule group that has made the peculiar “decision not to bear children due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face if this existential threat.”

Adherents to this vapid, callow movement include:

  • Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who posted on Instagram that “there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult … is it still ok to have children?”
  • Miley Cyrus, who, despite being 26 years old is clearly still a child performer, believes “the earth is angry” and “we’re getting handed a piece-of-s*** planet.” She therefore refuses “to hand that down to my child.” She says, “Until I feel like my kid would live on an earth with fish in the water, I’m not bringing in another person to deal with that.”
  • Prince Harry, son of Charles the Doomsday Prince, who announced that two children “maximum” is the limit he has set for himself and his wife.
  • BirthStrike founder Blythe Pepino, who is sure that being an activist is “a stronger calling than motherhood.”
  • Elizabeth Blake, who is not famous, but at 23 “cannot bear the thought of bringing children into a world that has such a dark or non-existent future.”

Why is it so implausible to bearers of the narrative that these people could have in some way motivated the El Paso shooter but so absolutely certain that Trump did?

The media’s obvious bias has been further confirmed by its near blackout of the Dayton shooting. Why would they do this? Could it be, as author Cathy Young has pointed out, because the alleged shooter’s “Twitter trail makes it clear that he was a hardcore leftist who embraced some fairly extreme ideas — and, in some cases, advocated violence toward political enemies in Antifa-style language”? And was a Warren supporter, and gun-control advocate who wished for socialism, but refused to “wait for the idiots to finally come round to” his level of understanding of it?

Trump is the carbon dioxide of politics: No matter how far out you might be able to go to find other factors that might explain mass shootings — our growing political divide, the Jussie Smollet hoax, California earthquakes, and leftist celebrity weight gain — the media and their Democratic Party handlers will declare him the problem and never consider other possibilities.

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  • No name calling, well what did you do in your article, I saw name calling and insults, you should practice what you preach.

    Is Trump responsible for the shooters actions, in a court of law no, unless he knew that it was going to happen, but did it give the shooter the go ahead or that last little push he needed to carry out his actions maybe and for people to come to that conclusion is pretty easy with how Trump talks. It is possible this guy might not have acted had it not been for Trumps hateful speeches, but it is also possible he might have done it anyways, but with the way Trump talks I would say it didn’t detour the actions at all not even close, it would have done the opposite.

    Trump needs to either think before speaking if he doesn’t mean to condone this sort of behavior, but since he himself has said he is smarter than every one, he must have known what could happen by speaking that way so he must be smart enough to deduce the outcome in which case he would be responsible wouldn’t he. I look at truth and what a person says and does.

    I am no Democrat or Republican, I am an American and a humanbeing and if the rest of my country would join me, maybe would could make this country better than it has ever been, by improving the lives of all of our families, but I guess arguing, killing each other and believing lies spread by both parties to keep most people down is the way to go. Am I saying all politicians of both parties are bad, no, but the majority is otherwise the country would work to better the lives of all citizens, not just the wealthy and the politicians while ruining our planet for money, the most important thing should be life of others and our families and future generations, shame on anyone that doesn’t see this.

  • Zeus are you kidding? The shooter was angry and decided the last straw was when the Dem candidates all raised their hands to give free healthcare to illegals. Americans follow the law and Americans don’t want to transplant other countries here with the lure of free stuff. Why don’t you read the manifesto and after each complaint ask if this is a Trump thing or the Democrats.

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