I took a long weekend to have some fun at NRA and the world goes to hell while I’m not paying attention.

So I did by best from the road to follow the Poway Chabad (San Diego synagogue) shooting.

The first thing that I noticed was that the coverage was very different.

The media was saturated with images of vigils and the police response to the Tree of Life shooting.  It was the same day-in-day-out coverage they do for other mass shootings.

On Sunday the media played the same interviews of the Rabbi on a loop, but the saturation coverage just wasn’t there.

One might be inclined to think the difference was in body count.  One person killed is far less interesting for the media than eleven.

But I think the reason for the significantly more downplayed coverage is WHY the number of casualties in Poway was lower.

This is a local Fox News headline:

Army veteran who chased away Poway synagogue shooter speaks out

The army veteran who helped chase away the Poway synagogue shooter stopped by the FOX 5 studio to recount his experience.

Oscar Stewart, 51, was inside Congregation Chabad Saturday when a gunman with an AR-type assault weapon opened fire on the last day of Passover, said police.

Stewart had been a member for six months at the time of the shooting.

Stewart recalls hearing pops coming from the synagogue lobby during a Torah reading. He originally started to run with other congregation members, but intuitively decided to turn around toward the gunfire.

When entering the lobby, he saw a young man with a rifle, as well as Rabbi Goldstein with bloody hands. He got as close to the shooter and yelled as loudly as he could, he recalled. Stewart’s memory from the exact moment is foggy and doesn’t remember exactly what he said. However, the words were loud and powerful enough to cause the gunman to exit to synagogue.

He ran toward the gunfire and rushed the shooter.

Then there is this from USA Today.

Meet the Army veteran and off-duty Border Patrol agent who chased the San Diego synagogue shooter

The off-duty Border Patrol agent and an Iraq War Army veteran helped stop a suspected gunman who had opened fire at Chabad of Poway on Saturday in what authorities praised as an “act of courage.”

One person died and three more were injured in the hate-fueled attack during Passover services.

Stewart, 51, was in the back of the room when the shots rang out, he told reporters. The veteran said his military training kicked in.

“I ran to fire. That’s what I did. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it. It’s just what I did,” he said.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the suspected gunman fled the synagogue to a nearby vehicle. Stewart was in close pursuit.

“Stewart caught up to the vehicle as the suspect was about to drive away,” the department said in a statement.

Stewart said he began punching the shooter’s window when Morales told him to get out of the way.

He yelled, ‘Clear back, I have a gun,'” Stewart said. Then, Morales began firing.

The off-duty agent hit the car, but the gunman drove away, police said. Authorities later arrested John T. Earnest, 19, along Interstate 15. A rifle was found in the front passenger seat, police said.

“Mr. Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Not just did Jews run towards the sound of gunfire, they rushed the shooter, and fired at him.

A Breitbart article was sent to me (so take this with a grain of salt) that the gun used by Morales was not his weapon but one given to him by another worshiper.

A source in the San Diego Jewish community told Breitbart News on Saturday evening that the U.S. Border Patrol agent who chased the shooter at a Poway, California, synagogue earlier was given a gun by an armed parishioner.

The congregant had come to the synagogue to say Yizkor, the memorial prayer for the dead, as is customary on the last day of Passover, which coincided with the Jewish Sabbath. He had brought a gun in his tallis (prayer shawl) bag as a precaution.

When the shooting started, according to the source, the congregant handed the gun to an off-duty Border Patrol agent, telling him that he knew better what to do with the gun than the congregant himself.

This seems to be confirmed by the Rabbi in a press statement he made in which he said the Morales got his hands on a gun.

The reason only one person was killed in this shooting instead of eleven or more, was that there was resistance, even armed resistance, to the shooter.

Jews are not supposed do that.

Jews are supposed to die without resisting, that’s how the media likes them.

The media loves mass shootings where many people die as martyers to whatever agenda the media want to push.

In Parkland it was gun control.  At the Tree of Life it was Trump’s “very fine people on both sides” quote.

Armed Jews resisting mass murder is what the Israeli’s do, and the media and Democrats just hate that.

They had to cover this story just enough to get their digs in at Trump, but they don’t want to dwell on the story too much or they will have to start explaining how fighting back saves lives, and they just don’t want to do that.

Trust me, the first time some piece of shit enters a synagogue with a rifle and gets shot by a Jew before he can even shoulder his weapon, that story won’t get 30 seconds on CNN.

Speaking of which, I am never going to synagogue without my trauma bag ever again.



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7 thoughts on “Poway vs Tree of Life details and media coverage”
  1. Meanwhile, “nuke em” Smallwell is using this as an excuse to talk “gun control”. I’m hoping someone will point out the antisemitism in that policy.
    (Yes, I know that’s not actually his name, but I like it that way, sort of like Occasional-Cortex.)

  2. Speaking of which, I am never going to synagogue without my trauma bag ever again.

    That’s using someone else’s experience. My first squad leader in the Army told us that was the best kind of experience to learn by, because it was usually cheaper and less painful.

    Now, I suppose that a handgun of some type is included in that bag’s list of contents?

    1. 1 ea: SIG 2022 in 40S&W
      3 ea: 13 round mags loaded with 135 gr Cor-Bon JHP
      1 ea: Leatherman Wave
      1 ea: MAGLIGHT XL50 LED Fashlight
      1 ea: EMT scissors
      2 ea: Israeli bandages
      1 ea: Adhesive chest seal set (front and back)
      1 ea: Recon Medical tourniquet
      3 pr: Nitrile exam gloves
      1 ea: CPR mouth seal

      All neatly packed into a Maxpedition Versipack.

      Pretty much it’s my grab-n-go bag for emergencies. Also comes with me on road trips.

      Now it will also serve as my Shabbat man purse.

  3. Brother-

    I carry in church for exactly the same reason.I do not know any other positive antidote for evil , murderous slime.

    Every congregation needs Watchmen.

    I wish every rabbi and pastor understood that.

    I have been telling Texas school administrators the same thing- different place, same problem.

    Thanks for fighting the good fight.


  4. With the proximity to Pesach, some of the words in the Haggadah resonate. Here’s a link to a posting on the Zelman Partisans’ blog:


    I carry in our synagogue, including when on the bimah as the Torah reader on Rosh Hashana. I usually carry a one-handed tourniquet, and I’ll probably up that to a trauma kit similar to yours.

    I’m not the only “gun guy” in the synagogue, but far too many of my fellow congregants are shocked when I say that I don’t understand how any Jew who knows the history of Germany in the 1930s and 40s can possibly be in favor of government regulation of firearms. Too many Jews are, as Aaron Zelman said, “Bagel brains.”


  5. One thing about the coverage that stands out to me is the “AR type firearm” description being used in reference to the firearm that the shooter had, which seems to me to be the kind of awkward language that is designed to confuse the reader without really meaning anything. Also note that the description of the firearm doesn’t get more specific, nor have we seen pictures of it.
    In most shootings involving an AR, by this time we know the make and model of the weapon, and it has been paraded all over the news. The suspicious part of me wants to know why that hasn’t happened in this case.

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