The Active Non-Shooter at Ohio State
“What you need to know about the shooting at Ohio State,” blared a headline at USA Today. Well, first of all, what you need to know is that it wasn’t a shooting at all. It was evidently an 18-year-old Somali refugee — a legal permanent resident of the United States and a student at Ohio State University — who drove a car into a crowd before jumping out to cut and stab people with a butcher knife. (Ohio State is a gun free zone, after all…) A campus security guard opened fire, killing the would-be murderer. (College cupcakes protest cops until they need one.) Several people were hospitalized with injuries, some critical, from either the car or the knife.
Media reports about such attacks are notoriously inaccurate, as various outlets scramble to be the first out with a “news alert.” And the template for such incidents is to blame a “gunman.” But somehow we don’t expect to now see reports of the “carman” or the “knifeman.”
Before later correcting his mistake, Sen. Tim Kaine tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State.” Oops.
NBC notes, “The motive was unknown, but officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.” No doubt. After all, it was modeled after attacks in Minnesota and California, as well as another that was slightly more famous — the one in Nice, France. In that attack, as in the aforementioned and countless other attacks, the Islamic State-inspired radical perpetrator yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he took the lives of innocent victims. In Nice, 85 people were mowed down by a terrorist with a 15-ton truck. In September, The Washington Post reported on the model, as well: “The attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israelis often appear to be spontaneous and opportunistic. Many are undertaken by young, unmarried Palestinians. The most common weapon used is a kitchen knife. The second most common is the family car.” Check, and check. The Islamic State has called for such attacks.
Meanwhile, the attacker’s Facebook page featured a few clues: “America, stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak… By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.” Furthermore, “I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. Seeing my fellow Muslims being tortured, raped and killed in Burma led to a boiling point.”
Well, it’s not Ohio State students torturing and killing Muslims (and Christians and Jews and others). It’s Islamic State radicals.
So you might say that, while the motive is unknown in terms of the official investigation, it is not a reach to speculate that radical Islam is, as usual, the culprit. Yet Obama has imported 43,000 Somalian refugees, 99% of whom are Muslim.