Plymouth and the Hoe
As the BBC has reported, “Three females and two males were shot in the Keyham area of [Plymouth] on Thursday evening. Police said the incident, the worst mass shooting in Britain since 2010, is not terror-related. Four people died at the scene and one died later in hospital. An MP has said one victim was a child”. And there was more.
“Devon and Cornwall Police said … ‘The area has been cordoned off and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident’ … Plymouth Sutton & Devonport MP Luke Pollard said the incident was ‘unspeakably awful’ and that he was ‘utterly devastated’ to learn one of those killed was a child”. Then came the speculation.
One Tweeter saw this coming. “Things that happen on twitter after a violent incident … people share details … others say don’t share details … speculation about who did it … people define terrorism … people assume people are being racist … an MP wades in … someone tweets ‘so-called religion of peace’”. And so it came to pass.
“Yeah people don't like it when you say religion of peace strikes in Plymouth.... even though its [sic] definitely true” was one effort. “I hear there have been fatal shootings in Keyham #Plymouth Is this anything to do with the religion of peace by any chance?” was another. And then came the M-Word. As in Scary Muslims™.
“Bet all the killings in Plymouth are Muslim related”. Anyone agree with that? Worryingly, someone identifying as a former soldier did just that, responding to BBC Radio 5 Live with “Tenner says the Plymouth shooter is a Muslim”. But he wasn’t a Muslim. He apparently wasn’t religious. The shooter’s identity was revealed earlier this morning.
Jake Davison was 23. He had a social media presence, which has now been pored over by our free and fearless press, with the Mail telling that he “was a nihilistic YouTuber who fantasised about being The Terminator, ranted about being a 'f***ing fat ugly virgin' and described his affinity with the 'incel' movement linked to mass murder by misogynists in the US and Canada”. And, as with anything Mail related, there is more.
Davison “was an active YouTuber calling himself 'Professor Waffle', who posted videos of himself working out and most recently ten-minute rants about life being 'rigged against you', humanity being on the 'brink of extinction' and being repulsive to the opposite sex”. And as to it not being terrorism, the Daily Beast has told readers “Suspected U.K. Mass Shooter Said He Was American, Trump-Supporting Virgin”. Really? Do go on.
He “posted about ‘devil worshipers’ and pedophiles in government … wrote about conspiracy theories that sound similar to those pushed by QAnon believers”. Which sounds like he was radicalised by the far right. Which sounds like terrorism.
Except it’s not terrorism when the person radicalised is white. No surprise there, then.
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