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Earlier this week, pro-pedophilia provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos suggested that vigilantes should kill journalists. 48 hours later, several journalists were shot dead.

The Baltimore Sun — which owns the Annapolis Capital Gazette in Maryland’s state capital — reported that as of 5 PM Thursday evening, five people who worked at the Gazette were killed, with several others wounded. Police reported that the shooter was in custody, though their name has not yet been released as of this writing, and there has not yet been any apparent motive disclosed.

Gazette crime reporter Phil Davis hid under his desk during the shooting, and narrated the terror of the violent attack at his office.

In an interview with the Sun, Davis said the terror was indescribable, and said the newsroom felt like “a war zone” that he wouldn’t be able to forget for a long time.

“I’m a police reporter. I write about this stuff — not necessarily to this extent, but shootings and death — all the time,” Davis said. “But as much as I’m going to try to articulate how traumatizing it is to be hiding under your desk, you don’t know until you’re there and you feel helpless.”

The shooting at the Annapolis Capital Gazette took place just mere days after Milo Yiannopoulos — a former Breitbart editor who was forced to resign from his job after comments emerged in which he defended pedophilia by saying 13-year-old boys were sexually mature — said that he hopes vigilantes start “gunning journalists down on sight” in an email to The Daily Beast.

Yiannopoulos then posted a screenshot of the quote to his Instagram account with the caption “where is the lie.” After the news broke of the deadly shooting at the Gazette offices, Milo appears to have deleted the post from his Instagram account. A screenshot of the post is below:

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On Thursday, in a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, Yiannopoulos gaslighted the media, suggesting reporters were to blame for the deaths of the journalists in Annapolis by publishing his remark about vigilantes gunning down journalists.

“If there turns out to be any dimension to this crime related to my private, misreported remarks, the responsibility for that lies squarely and wholly with the [Daily] Beast and the [New York] Observer for drumming up fake hysteria about a private joke, and with the verified liberals who pretended they thought I was serious,” Milo said.

Yiannopoulos has not yet apologized for his comment as of this writing. While he would most certainly claim he has the right to make such statements under the First Amendment, previous federal interpretations of the First Amendment have not allowed for speech inciting violence to be covered.

 

Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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