At approximately 9:25PM on Sunday night, December 16th, just two days after the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Jesus Manuel Garcia, age 19, entered the China Garden restaurant across the mall from the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex in San Antonio, Texas, looking for his ex-girlfriend. Angered that she had just broken up with him, he sent her a text message that he planned to go to the restaurant where she worked and “shoot somebody.”
Before she could warn patrons at the restaurant Garcia entered and started shooting. One bullet slightly wounded one patron while others scattered out the exit doors and headed for the safety of the theater lobby across the mall. Garcia chased them and continued shooting.
This got the attention of an off-duty security guard, Bexar County sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa Castellano, who chased Garcia to the back of the theater where he ducked into the men’s room. When he emerged, Castellano shot him four times which immediately and effectively ended the threat. Garcia was handcuffed with the help of another off-duty officer and was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Garcia was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and his bail was set at $1 million.
In reporting the incident, the local CBS affiliate tried to link the shooting with the Aurora, Colorado theater attack back in July. Wrote Hollie O’Connor, who covered the story for mysanantonio.com:
The shooting immediately sparked fears of a mass slaying like the one in July that killed 12 people and injured 58 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
She even included a quote from the movie theater’s projectionist’s mother who was worried about her son’s safety in the incident. Said Cassandra Castillo, “It brings back memories of the other theater shooting and the elementary school shooting. You think only the worst.”
But the national media failed to pump this story like the Aurora shooting or the Newtown, Connecticut attack because it didn’t fit. As the blogger at nicedeb.com noted:
The story was covered locally, but seeing as it happened just one day after the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut, you would think it would have gotten more airplay in the MSM (mainstream media).
Don’t stories like this one play right into their anti-gun hands?
The San Antonio incident didn’t fit the narrative the media is promoting, that is, that guns cause violence rather than prevent it. A story like that in San Antonio wouldn’t promote it so it was ignored.
In Aurora, the media made much of the weaponry used by James Holmes and his ability to purchase his weapons and his body armor and ammunition online without difficulty. It spent hours promoting the horrors of his “assault” weapons as the cause of the tragedy while leaving commentary about the theater being a “gun free zone” entirely alone. Any suggestion that the “gun free zone” mandated by the theater made it an attractive target for Holmes because he knew he would meet no resistance was never made.
The media also entirely ignored the other Aurora shooting in April where 29-year-old Kiarron Parker met armed resistance outside an Aurora church by a church goer who recognized the threat and took action to neutralize it before it metastasized into a catastrophe.
The San Antonio theater shooting was neutralized by armed resistance before it endangered innocents as well. The off-duty officer recognized the threat and was trained to meet it and she did – so successfully in fact that the city gave her a medal for her actions.
When Wayne LaPierre, executive director of the National Rifle Association, suggested that potential threats be met with armed resistance in schools so that future massacres can be avoided, the media just scoffed, quoting various gun-control advocates that the last thing needed in schools is guns. It widely disseminated President Obama’s comment that he is “skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools … that that somehow is going to solve our problem.”
The April Aurora church shooting and the recent San Antonio theater shooting should be more than enough to persuade all but the most hardened and determined enemies of the Second Amendment that the best thing is for more people to be armed and enabled to resist threats like these, rather than fewer. But the media isn’t listening. They don’t fit the narrative. The media is much more interested in taking guns away from people who had nothing to do with the shootings.