In the highly politicized climate of President Obama's final months in the White House, when he's stated his goal of 2016 is to go after Americans' gun rights, every mass shooting becomes a moment for the Democrats to speak out against the Second Amendment.
Except this one.
Zebulum Lael James, a 22-year-old black student at Jackson State University, is accused of going on a shooting spree and randomly selecting his targets in Jackson, Mississippi. The capital city of the state, Jackson is 79 percent black and 18 percent white.
Both of the targets police in Jackson say James "randomly" shot were white women, Suzanne Hogan and Kristy Lynn Mitchell.
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Hogan had recently moved to the city and Mitchell was visiting Jackson on a work trip.
WLBT out of Jackson reports James went on a shooting spree on Nov. 20, shooting and killing Hogan as she pumped gas and then shooting Mitchell in the parking lot of a Logan's Roadhouse.
Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said of the motives behind the shooting, "At this point, there's no other conclusion that we can draw. Based on what we know this minute, a random act or a series of random acts, is the best conclusion I can draw right now."
He added, "It makes absolutely no sense when you walk up to somebody you don't know and shoot them. It's senseless. It's terrible. I really feel for the victims."
A Fox affiliate out of Birmingham, Alabama, WBRC, reported James' mentor was shocked about the shooting spree.
"Because we know the young man we knew something was not right. This is not the Zebulum we've been knowing all these years," said former Canton Assistant Police Chief Juan Cloy.
Cloy was asked if he believed race was the motive behind the shooting deaths of the two white women, and he said, "Everything is a possibility, but because James is accused of shooting in a home and at a Trajan bus in a predominately black neighborhood where other race and genders were present, it is highly unlikely a hate crime charge will come into play."
Jack Cashill, a WND columnist and the author of "Scarlet Letters: The Ever-Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism" told WND he hadn't even heard of this shooting spree when asked for comment.
After learning the details of the shootings, he said, "The Jackson media ask, 'Because James is a black man and police believe he shot and killed two white women, is this considered to be a hate crime?' Well, if at the University of Missouri it is considered a hate crime when a person of unknown race draws a poop swastika, I would think that singling out two white women for murder in a largely black city might just qualify. Media, where are you?"
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a WND columnist and author of "The Antidote: Healing America From the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood," also had not heard of this multiple shooting when asked for comment from WND.
He told WND, "If a white man shot and killed two black women, I guarantee you that it would be immediately classified as a 'hate crime' by Barack Obama and AG Loretta Lynch. Obama and Lynch would hold a press conference and blame racism and lecture white Americans and the nation on the need to end racism. The DOJ would open an investigation for civil rights violations. The local and national media would be all over the issue doing specials and portraying it as a national race crisis. Based on this case and countless other underreported black on white crimes, I've concluded that to this administration and the mainstream media: white lives don’t matter! They could care less about black-on-white crimes."
Colin Flaherty, who has chronicled nationwide black violence directed against whites in "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It," pointed to the improbability of James "randomly choosing two white women in a city that is 80 percent black."
Flaherty said, "Random is the single most misused word in crime reporting, and the recent killings in Jackson, Mississippi, are good examples. A black man there shot and killed two white women – in separate incidents. Immediately, the black police chief of Jackson declared the shootings were random, and they had no idea what the motive was."
He said, "The chief means that they did not find the killer had sprinkled the scene with anti-white epithets or flyers or magazines. But that hardly means the murders are random. Or that they have no racial content."
Considering the math again, Flaherty said, "It's easy enough to test: Just ask any mathematician who has the crime numbers in the area: If two white women are killed while shopping or driving or going about their business, what are the odds that a black person is responsible?
"The odds are wildly out of proportion. And anyone who took – and passed – math 101 knows that. Yet we have public officials and reporters trying to tell us – once again – that this black on white crime and violence and murder is just kind of an accident."