As by now we all know about the attack that took place at Ohio State University this past Monday. Thanks to the instant news cycle where it’s better to be first than right, there have been a number of things reported about the attack that either turned out not to be true or downright outlandish. I’m here to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the attack.
Originally it was reported as an active shooter situation, with the school telling both employees and students on campus to “Run Hide Fight”. To be honest I really don’t have a problem with this even though it wasn’t a shooter at all. If you send out the emergency texts that say a knife wielding man is on campus, that’s really not going to make anyone stay away from the area. Much akin to how some recommend you should yell ‘fire’ instead of ‘help’ when being accosted.
As we know now it was not an active shooter situation at all. 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a crowd at campus injuring many before leaving his car armed with a knife and slashing several people. Before it was over 11 people were injured and Artan was shot and killed by campus police after refusing to drop the butcher knife. Artan was also a student of the university. As you may be able to surmise by the name, Artan was a devout Muslim from Somalia. We’ll get to that in a moment.
For those of you who are always asking non-radical Muslims to denounce attacks like this here it is…
Muslim and Somali leaders in Ohio on Monday night called the attack “horrific,” “sickening” and not representative of Islam or Somali culture.
“Today we all came here to condemn this tragic incident,” Horshed Noah, a Somali American imam at one of Columbus’ largest mosques.
Investigators believe that Islam may have been the motive for the attack…
ABC News reported that the post read, in part, “I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters being killed and tortured EVERYWHERE. … I can’t take it anymore.”
Just wait for it, we’re going to get there.
We’re not there yet, be patient.
Of course the media had to trot out their list of the deadliest school shootings in America even though this wasn’t a shooting. Way to wait for all the facts to come in before calling it a school shooting. That goes double for you, Everytown for Gun Safety, who were already touting their grossly inaccurate claim that there have been 205 school shootings since 2013. I’ve previously busted two of their myths here and here. Yet the media still gives this deceptive organization legitimacy, quoting their exaggerated statistics like they were gospel.
When Artan was once interviewed by the OSU student newspaper he expressed concerns over being a Muslim in America.
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he said. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen.”
We’re almost there.
Some outlets are reporting that Artan bought a knife at a Home Depot in Washington D.C. although it was probably not the knife used in the attack. This is a non-story that has absolutely no bearing on the crime itself. This sounds more like the media trying to stir up terrorism fears for clicks and ratings.
Some investigators believe that Artan was inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, a US born Muslim cleric who held a top position in Al-Qaeda before he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. Again I’ll discuss more on this in a moment.
Ok, here’s what you’ve been waiting for. We could argue semantics over the terms terror and terrorism but this wasn’t a terrorist attack in the classical sense. This was hardly any different from the knife attacks at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Pennsylvania, or Mountain View High School in Utah. The only difference between Artan and the other two suspects is that Artan is not only an immigrant but he’s also Muslim. The less enlightened among us used this situation to try to make us fear immigrants and Muslims just because one outlier committed this attack. Artan’s attack was more like a typical school attack that is normally carried out by entitled white kids. Much like those spoiled suburbanites who normally commit these attacks, Artan was emulating someone who had committed violence before him, much like the white kids always seem to claim Columbine coward Eric Harris as a hero and inspiration.
The bottom line is that Artan is not a jihadist as some may have you think. He’s just another entitled loser who felt the need to use violence to deal with his own inadequacies. If he had been a white kid, it would just be another school attack.