“A North Carolina man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting of a young Muslim couple and their sister Tuesday in Chapel Hill,” washingtonpost.com reports. “One of the slain was a student at North Carolina State University. Another was at the University of North Carolina and the third was planning to enroll at UNC dental school this year.” Although there’s no evidence as to the killer’s motivation, the victims’ religious affiliation has already lit-up the Internet with the assumption that they were killed because of it. We should know soon enough as . . .
CBS affiliate WRAL reports that 46-year-old alleged shooter Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.
The WaPo reports that the hashtag #muslimlivesmatter has taken off. Bloggers unearthed the following month-old Tweet from one of the victims, Deah Barakat. It has “enraged” social media activists (if that’s what you call them).
Regardless of the killer’s motive, or how and where he got his gun, the murders are sure to ignite calls for gun control and dire warnings about right-wing domestic terrorists. (The fact that The National CounterTerrorism Center told Congress that more than 150 Americans or U.S. residents are fighting for ISIL will not make the news.) Leading to more calls for gun control.
“‘Good Guy with a Gun’ executes three Muslim college students in cold blood,” the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Facebook page proclaims, intimating that anyone who claims to be a “Good Guy with a Gun” is a potential murderer. Like that.
Meanwhile, the daily toll of gang bangers shooting and killing each other and preventable (though not by gun control) firearms-related suicides continue apace.