Monday, December 23, 2019

"Victim" of gun violence? I don't think so.

The New York Post reports on a weekend mass shooting in Chicago under the headline, "Over a dozen shot at Chicago memorial for victim of gun violence." The article relates that "[t]he house party just days before Christmas was to honor the birthday of Lonell Irvin, a 22-year-old man fatally shot during an attempted carjacking in April, sources told the Chicago Tribune." The problem with this narrative is that Irvin was a perpetrator of gun violence, not a victim. "Lonnell Irvin was shot dead when he was trying to carjack a 41-year-old man but got shot in the process on April 26."

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