A little bit of happy irony helped justice on its way today. It turns out that the secret allies of the police in their search for Ahmed Khan Rahami, the alleged terrorist responsible for bombings in New York and New Jersey this weekend, were ordinary, decent…criminals (not pictured above).
The online news source DNA Info (“New York’s leading neighborhood news source”) reports that in two separate incidents, thieves snatching bags from city streets and train stations inadvertently helped law enforcement get the upper hand in ending the bombing campaign by Rahami that left almost thirty people injured.
In the first case, two “well-dressed” young gentlemen disabled one of the pressure-cooker bombs that Rahami had set on West 27th Street. The two thieves “opened the bag and took the bomb out, sources said, before placing the explosive into a garbage bag and walking away with the rolling suitcase.” By doing this, the bomb was inadvertently(?) disabled, allowing investigators to later examine the attached cellphone and trace it back to Rahami.
In a second incident on Sunday night, two other folks found a backpack resting on a trashcan near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The duo found their curiosity piqued by this tempting target and began ‘rooting through the bag’ … surely just looking for identification that they could use to contact its owner.
They were rewarded for their efforts by finding five explosives in the backpack. Unlike their New York compatriots, however, the Jersey types decided they’d bitten off more than they could chew, leaving the explosives in the middle of the street and calling Five-O.
The irony was completely lost on MSNBC’s finest, Chris Hayes, who decided to use the bombing incidents to preach for…gun control, of course.
We’re also very very lucky that the attackers tried to use explosives rather than guns.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 19, 2016
Actually no, Chris. We’re not “lucky” they didn’t use guns. We’re lucky that no one was killed by the bombs that went off. The same kind that killed and maimed so many in Boston. We’re also lucky that there was a good guy with a gun at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota to stop the ISIS-inspired stabbing attack (in violation of mall policy.) The ensuing Twitter meltdown in response to Hayes’ gobsmackingly-obvious ideological blinders is certainly lulz-worthy.
At least, it would be in isolation. But…is it just me, or does the legacy media, supercharged by ubiquitous social media, and in the throes of Trump derangement syndrome, appear to have abandoned all pretense of reporting anything resembling straight news anymore?
At least one other correspondent (more serious than I) appears to be incredulous as well. I’d like to think we’re not the only ones. Are we?
It’s been a strange year so far. Everyone keep your seatbelts fastened.