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 couldâ€™ve been yet another mass shooting â€“ almost two weeks after the massacre at a cinema in Louisiana. However, thereâ€™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 â€śsignificant psychiatric or psychological issuesâ€ť and â€śhad been committed four times for psychiatric treatment.â€ť
Movie theater active shooter suspect identified as Vincente David Montano, age 29 pic.twitter.com/jn6iRpL9Pa
â€” Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) August 6, 2015
Unlike what was seen in the case of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, nowhere has the media mentioned Montanoâ€™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 Abdulazeezâ€™s â€śradicalizationâ€ť 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 hereâ€™s one more problem: If radical Islam is of so much consequence when it comes to mass murder, why isnâ€™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?
Thatâ€™s probably because there were no â€śperpetratorsâ€ť involved. There was just one â€“ Abdulazeez. And even in his case, the FBI wasnâ€™t able to find any links to Islamic terrorism.
According to Shooting Tracker, “the only crowdsourced massÂ shooting trackerÂ in the world,” Â there have been 207 mass shootings in 2015 so far and only one, the July 16, 2015, Chattanooga massacre, wasÂ committed by a Muslim.
But you wonâ€™t see these figures on cable news.