On Aug. 5, a man armed with a hatchet, pepper spray and a pellet gun was killed by police in Antioch, Tennessee, after trying to attack people inside a movie theater.
Some news outlets are claiming it could’ve been yet another mass shooting – almost two weeks after the massacre at a cinema in Louisiana. However, there’s no back-to-back media coverage of the incident as was seen when a similar tragedy occurred in Chattanooga at the hands of a Muslim attacker.
The only information available about the gunman is his name and mental health issues.
Vincente David Montano was a 29-year-old white man who, according to Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, had “significant psychiatric or psychological issues” and “had been committed four times for psychiatric treatment.”
Movie theater active shooter suspect identified as Vincente David Montano, age 29 pic.twitter.com/jn6iRpL9Pa
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 6, 2015
Unlike what was seen in the case of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, nowhere has the media mentioned Montano’s religious affiliation (as yet).
In fact, even as the authorities were still investigating the Chattanooga shooting and no Islamic extremism links had been established, several news organizations began a discussion on Abdulazeez’s “radicalization” and Muslim heritage.
This discriminatory approach in reporting facts when it comes to Muslims and acts of violence is a well-documented fact now.
But here’s one more problem: If radical Islam is of so much consequence when it comes to mass murder, why isn’t the media reporting on the number of Muslim perpetrators involved in mass public shootings that have become more commonplace in the United States, especially this year?
That’s probably because there were no “perpetrators” involved. There was just one – Abdulazeez. And even in his case, the FBI wasn’t able to find any links to Islamic terrorism.
According to Shooting Tracker, “the only crowdsourced mass shooting tracker in the world,” there have been 207 mass shootings in 2015 so far and only one, the July 16, 2015, Chattanooga massacre, was committed by a Muslim.
But you won’t see these figures on cable news.