NJ Mass Shooting Doesn't Fit Narrative, Garners Little Attention

Gang violence in Trenton left one dead and 22 injured, but it has hardly been covered by the national media.

Trenton Arts Shooting
The recent mass shooting in Trenton, NJ left 22 injured and one dead. Police say it was the result of gang violence.photo from hotair.com

Trenton, New Jersey experienced a serious mass shooting over the weekend that left 22 people injured and one dead when violence erupted at the Art All Night Trenton festival.

Despite the numbers, the shooting has received little attention from national news outlets and has not resulted in the typical line of politicians advocating gun control in its wake, despite the fact that it occurred in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

This post from hotair.com posits that the reason is because of the race of the survivors and perpetrators, and because the incident doesn't fit the mainstream media's gun control narrative.

One of the perpetrators who did the shooting is the lone fatality. Thai Wells, 33, had only been out of prison on parole for four months for a previous killing. Reports say that multiple gangs we involved in the gunfire that broke out during the arts festival, which is normally peaceful annual event that has been held for the past 12 years.

There was no lone gunman with an AR 15. The firearms used were handguns, reports say, though one suspect reportedly had a magazine that held more than the 15 rounds allowed by state law.

“This was gang warfare. And it’s probably the most common form of gun violence seen in major cities on a yearly basis. But nobody is talking about it the way they will if a deranged white guy with a rifle commits the far more rare mass shooting of that type. There’s a gun violence problem here that could be addressed, making a serious difference. But places like Baltimore, Maryland and Chicago, Illinois still have municipal leaders who can’t bring themselves to pass harsher laws to put away first-time offenders who commit gun crimes.

“One dead, 22 injured. But that’s not even a drop in the bucket compared to the death tolls in Baltimore and Chicago just this year alone. Background checks aren’t going to solve this. Enforcing the laws we already have on the books and getting illegal firearms out of the hands of criminals will.”