Canadian authorities arrested two Muslim men and a third remains at large after an attempted mass shooting on a Calgary nightclub Sunday morning that is being reported as a “random” crime by some major Canadian media outlets.
The incident could have easily resulted in another mass-casualty act of Islamic terror, similar to the Nov. 13 attack on a Paris concert hall, if not for the quick response of two bouncers.
The two staff members at Ten X nightclub in Calgary are being praised as heroes after they quickly tackled the shooter as he entered the establishment and fired at least three rounds into a crowd of unarmed people. One round struck a 38-year-old bar patron in the chest, and he is being treated at a local hospital with serious injuries. Bullets grazed several other patrons.
Despite the fact that the two suspects arrested have Muslim names – Mohamed Elmi, 31, and Mohamed Salad, 29, both of Calgary – Canada’s establishment media is reporting the incident as a random crime with no mention of the suspects’ immigration history or their possible links to terrorism. Nor have the early reports addressed the question of how the men obtained a handgun in a country with ultra-tight gun-control laws.
See news clip from Canada’s Global News Network below:
The attack comes on the heels of several mass shootings carried out by Islamic terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State, or ISIS. The Paris attacks killed 130 on Nov. 13, the Charlie Hebdo attacks killed dozens more in January 2015, and the San Bernardino attack killed 14 Americans at a Dec. 2 Christmas party. In May, a Muslim man in Chattanooga shot to death five U.S. servicemen.
But Calgary police Staff Sgt. Brad Glaicar told the Sun that it’s unclear whether the shooting Sunday was targeted or random.
All of the previous attacks were carried out against soft targets in no-gun zones.
Expanded background checks for Americans but not Muslim refugees
Yet, President Obama wishes to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to obtain firearms for self-defense, extending background checks to private sales and calling on the medical profession to report patients to the background check system who may have had treatment for mental health issues, no matter how minor. At the same time, Obama is vowing to veto a bill in Congress – the American SAFE Act of 2015 – that would require enhanced background checks on Muslim refugees arriving in the U.S. from the jihadist hotbeds of Syria and Iraq.
The treatment of the story by the Canadian press mirrors the way German and Swedish media outlets have covered up or downplayed the rash of sexual assaults by Muslim migrants in those countries in recent weeks.
In Sweden, the police are under investigation for allegedly covering up a spate of sexual attacks on women by Muslim migrants, Bloomberg News reports.
In Germany, the government has reacted to the backlash against Muslim crime waves by cracking down on its own citizenry, saying it will prosecute “hate speech” on social media, the Washington Post reported. Muslim migrants have been implicated in more than 500 attacks, about 40 percent of them sexual, against German women in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve. The attacks have touched off protests in which Germans have gone into the streets, only to be fired upon with water cannons by their own government.
After the San Bernardino attack, Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, issued a similar warning against Americans, saying she would not hesitate to prosecute hate speech that incited violence against Muslims. She was forced to back down from that comment after a public outcry and backlash from several high-profile politicians including the former governor of New York, George Pataki, who challenged Lynch to arrest him first.
Another gun-free zone targeted
Police said they responded to a shooting at Ten X Nightclub at the 1100 Block of 10 Avenue in Calgary just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Spencer Wallace, a part-time bouncer at Ten X, told CBC that one shot entered the bar and the shooter squeezed off two more while wrestling with front-door staff.
“Two bouncers that work out front, I’m not going to name them, but they grabbed this guy immediately,” he said. “They pounced on him. Those guys are heroes, and they deserve nothing but praise. They stopped this from being so much worse.”
Wallace said he feels lucky to be alive.
“I hear a gunshot, and I see a guy get shot in the chest, and I watch a door explode and watch a nightclub go from perfectly calm to sheer panic in about 10 seconds,” he said.
He said he will be quitting the bouncer job because he is not prepared to handle guys with guns.
“I am never going to put a security shirt back on. I have a day job, and guns are a whole other level of violence that I’m not prepared for and I do not want to deal with,” Wallace told Global News Network. “I give these two guys nothing but the utmost respect and praise. They saved lives last night; there’s no doubt in my mind.”