Merchants of Death: Who is to Blame for America’s Mass Shootings?

We are caught in a vicious cycle. With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the country’s fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry. Take the school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida: 17 people, students and teachers alike, were killed by a 19-year-old former student armed with a gas mask, smoke grenades, magazines of ammunition, and an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Why do these mass shootings keep happening? Who are these shooters modelling themselves after? Where are they finding the inspiration for their weaponry and tactics? Whose stance and techniques are they mirroring?

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Show Notes

“Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence,” Moyers & Company

“'My school is being shot up': The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, moment by moment,” CNN

“Florida shooting suspect bought gun legally, authorities say,” USA Today

“Florida mental health agency examined Cruz in 2016, didn’t hospitalize him,” NBC News

“Investigators hunt for motive in Texas church shooting as the grieving spans generations,” The Washington Post

“Expert: Las Vegas shooter may have used trigger crank,” USA Today

“Students after Florida shooting: You're either with us or against us,” CNN

“America’s Deadly Gun Addiction, by the Numbers,” Wired

“The Las Vegas attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history,” CNN

“The greatest sci-fi movies of the 1950s,” Den of Geek

“25 years later, how ‘Top Gun’ made America love war,” The Washington Post

“The Army gives you superpowers!” Salon

“Militainment, Inc.: Militarism & Pop Culture,” Media Education Foundation

“You’re watching Pentagon propaganda: “American Idol,” “Ice Road Truckers” and the truth about your favorite shows,” Salon

“Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA,” Medium

“The Pentagon’s strengthening grip on Hollywood,” Salon

“I Was a Teenage Gun Nut,” The Atlantic

“The United States is No. 1 — But in What? Military Expenditure, Weapons Export and International Violence,” Centre for Global Research

“U.S. Military Spending Dwarfs Rest of World,” CNBC

“Veterans a Focus of FBI Extremist Probe,” The Wall Street Journal

“The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score,’” The Washington Post

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  1. nerkatan says:

    We are certainly being overloaded with violence and military, but these so called mass shootings are all state sponsored false flag events to try to get the people to demand total gun control. Too many people are on the their game so it is not working. They can’t think a new thought so they keep trying with another and yet another mass shooting. There is always endless MSM drama with the paid actors putting on some pretty pathetic performances, same actors starring in mass shooting after mass shooting. When there really is a shooting and people get killed, it is not a lone gunman and multiple shooters are always reported, even if that doesn’t become the official story. That is not to say that children aren’t being affected by all the violence, they surely are, but it is not resulting in these mass shootings. Our problem is State sponsored terror, we need only fear the state and its ulterior motives not each other.

  2. victor friese says:

    Yeah, I am getting really sick of the mainstream leading narrative and the Trump whack jobs leading the counter narrative. I mean, WTF? These fit the manufactured terror routines… 1) Drill being held on day of event 2) thing like security cameras rewound 20 minutes so that police are getting confused thanks to delayed footage from in the building 3) multiple witnesses reporting multiple shooters 4) A person that is suspected to have been blackmailed or brainwashed into going along with the event 5) crisis actors… in this case I am not sure if Hogg is an actor or not, but it looks suspicious.

    It would be nice if Newsbud would tear these events apart like it used to do with things like the Boston marathon bombing and San Bernadino and all that.

    What gives? When it is an event that is blamed on terror you dissect it and expose it. But on these school shooting anti gun events you are pushing the official narrative. What gives?

  3. Manuel van den Akker says:

    Obvious hoaxes, all crisis actors, nobody died.
    The laptopscreen that was supposed to be shot with fake bullet holes is the ultimate proof: https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=7MAA1O3Y2M87
    Why copying all these MSM bullshit and lies?
    That’s not what I’m paying you guys for.
    These hoaxes are just old psyop Nazi-taktics which the CIA learned from their Paperclip Nazi-employees.
    Better do a video about history of hoaxes, like the Gleiwitz incident and the Tonkin incident which started WWII and the Vietnam war. We should learn from this to never take any so called fact of the MSM for granted. All MSM news should be treated as lies, untill proven to be true by own extensive research.
    I should not have to lecture you on this.
    Please do not be afraid of the truth and copy deception.

  4. Karl Harvie says:

    I agree , these mass shootings look like state sponsored terror, or state sponsored fake terror. Be sure to educate your loved ones on so called drills. If you are aware of a drill being organized or happen to come upon one at work, school etc. get the fuck out of there immediately. Our RCMP here in Kanada were caught red handed planting pressure cooker bombs and trying to pin it on a couple of innocents. Advise all family members to legally or illegally arm themselves with firearms. It is our duty to defend our selves against these morons. And stop voting. At least until infant genital mutilation is banned. It seems that the only countries involved in wars and violence are the ones whose male infants are severely genitally mutilated (circumcised). How can we expect any social problems be fixed if we can’t even stop sexually mutilating our own sons. Dumbass so called muslims, christians, jews all do it. Fucking sick. Maybe newsbud is just another example of attempted controlled opposition.

  5. April Sanchez says:

    Great teachers hold order in a classroom without stifling creativity, and these occurrences have cops in some places given the right to chaos drills by cops… These drills have no business in an educational setting, and students and staff have the right to refuse them… There have been cases where explosives were left under the hood of a school bus, and a woman was shot and killed by what were supposed to be blanks in one of these roll play scenes… I don’t understand why the schools are allowing these at all… What kind of school board, or principal or city council or state legislature says, “yes,” to the intentional disruption and simulated chaos in an educational or civic environment? I would never give in to such a thing…

  6. Judith Williams says:

    I think this video is trying to get across a different message than false flag vs actual shootings. I think Mr. Whitehead is pointing out that we have as a nation and therefore a model for youth, become militarized and violent. Watch netflix and you see violent after violent movies that show police coming in full gear to houses. The public is becoming immune to seeing this and it is becoming the norm. As for the actual shootings, such as Parkland, I am in agreement that most are false flags or set ups to take away our 2nd amendment rights. I am so convinced of this that when I hear about one now I hardly give it much attention. They always include a young person who is on MH meds, there is always a planned drill that day, etc. etc. How do these young MH people get ahold of automatic machine guns and vests and whatever? I don’t know anyone who owns such things. I know people who own small arms to protect themselves.

    • Salvatore LoGrasso says:

      If these mass casualty events are false flags whereby people die or not, the inescapable conclusion remains: THEY ARE STATE SPONSORED. If they are 100% state sponsored events, then this argument presented in this video is 100% incorrect! Our youth are not violent monsters; they aren’t byproducts of a violent militaristic culture. They are innocent patsies; convenient scapegoats used to push the anti gun agenda. Before arriving at a conclusion the mass casualty events must be examined critically. Until irrefutable evidence is presented which proves this 19 year old killed 17 people, there is no reason to believe it happened and the conclusion of this video is invalid. Yes we have a militaristic culture but I refuse to believe it has turned our youth into murderous monsters!

    • We know what he’s saying, that’s obvious! All these people on this comment section or most,anyway, ate obviously saying that he’s basing this video on the false assumption that these false flags are actually what the MSM and Empire say they are in their “official” propaganda! That’s helping the Empire promote their lies!

  7. edward weglowski says:

    monsters keep gong not because of support but lack of opposition
    note, wise speaking hasn’t produced organizational support, e.g. for occupy wall street
    why alternative media doesn’t consolidate and help the society in the win win situation?

  8. Salvatore LoGrasso says:

    The Boston Marathon bombing was a Kraft International operation and the 2 brothers were absolutely railroaded. It’s not a coincidence that we’ve never heard the younger brother speak about that day and will never get to hear the deceased older brother. They were FBI informants and were working with the FBI for some time. These school shootings are no different than false flag terrorism in that they qualify as state sponsored events and psychological warfare against the American people. But if we categorize school shootings as byproducts of a militaristic culture, the government’s solution of disarming the public becomes valid! We are now giving the government another excuse as to why the public cannot be trusted with weapons!

  9. victor friese says:

    Newsbud, why aren’t you dealing with the likely false flag aspects of Florida? You are running a membership drive now. You know what would get you more members than anything? Exposing the Stoneman Douglass shooting as a manufactured event. Events like these were the main reason people bothered supporting you… so that you would tear apart the mainstream lie. Yet your are letting this all just slip by……………….. it is disappointing.

  10. ruth slater says:

    This entire subject is omitting facts like its the moral and ethical decay that has caused the severe changes in our society usually brought on by the liberal factions , free love in the 60’s etc . that had nothing to do with communism it had to do with a moral decay within our own ethical standards put the blame where it is . The other BS propaganda BS now being sold as truth is that everyone that does these ” terroristic threats “are all mentally ill . NO THEY ARE NOT ALL MENTALLY ILL , some are deep state useful idiots paid subversives , some are people that have been pushed to the wall for years by a govt threatening them on every moral and physical and mental level they can take guns self defense away , taking free speech away , taxing them into the poor house . shadow govts . deep state , presidents that arent presidents but political puppets .These are all part of the problem and to not being aware or concerned or not wanting to fight back does not make one a mental patient . It makes that person in some cases using terrible methods to show their felt threat by a govt that has abandoned them years if not decades ago. So all this “politically correct everybody is a mental patient ” or a “terrorists ” is just that propaganda to lure people into categorizing everyone that is the only reason terrible things are happening . Well it is a war against the people and they are fighting back like many people are around the world . You think that the people in the middle east are all terrorists ? how about some of them are fighting to save their country their cultures their oil and are actually “FREEDOM FIGHTERS ”

    I am in no way conding this behavior in anyway . I abhor this behavior .But people that feel desperate that feel they aren’t being heard or represented go to extreme methods . the problem here and no one wants to talk about it is that the people are not being represented by their elected officials . That has changed to some extent with Trump finally being elected and taking on some issues that the silent majority hasn’t been represented in decades . the liberal parties have been running the govt for years and smashing any decent with an iron fist ,. Conservatives have been targeted for years as with the IRS targeting people . Others have been put in prison for standing up to wrongful acts to take a way their land like the Bundy’s they became political prisoners . Like Ken O’Keefe jailed for speaking up against the wars in the middle east for which he fought as a solider . If these things are allowed to continue then you have to expect people to fight back and sometimes they do it in unexpected horrible ways BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE THEM MENTALLY ILL , JUST PUSHED TO THE POINT OF EXTREME BACKLASH . RIGHT OR WRONG THAT IS THE SITUATION . NOW ACCORDING TO THE ELECTED OFFICIALS EVERYBODY THAT DISAGREES WITH THEM ARE MENTAL PATIENTS . NO THEY ARE NOT . AND IM SICK OF HEARING THEY ARE . IM NOT FALLING FOR THE PROPAGANDA . WAS IT NOT JOHN KENNEDY SAID SO BRILLIANTLY ” Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. ” THAT DOESNT MAKE JOHN KENNEDY QA MENTAL PATIENT .IT MAKES KENNEDY HONEST AND PERCEPTIVE .

  11. Karl Harvie says:

    I agree with the fighting back idea. Although, we must start actually taking out the suspected terrorists, eg, fbi cia, deepstate officials, media etc, that are involved directly or indirectly in these false flags.. Not the innocent. It is these suspected terrorists that are making peaceful revolution impossible. There is no documented proof that any of the alleged shooters actually did the shooting. So, we must assume that these shootings are an example of domestic state sponsored terrorism. And since we already know that none of the actual shooters will be prosecuted, we must take our laws in to our own hands. It is our duty as citizens. I think the state is hiring domestic mercenaries to carry out these attacks and then protecting them legally. If there are mentally ill or just fed up citizens reading this, and they feel the need to lash out violently, please pick a more important target like the ones I give examples to above. We must fight fire with fire. I know this probably sounds extreme for some people. It is obvious that the “swamp” has declared war on us. If we want to survive we must fight back.

  12. Thomas Wonsetler says:

    Hollywood is very dark and degraded and if I had kids I would protect them from the negative and degrading influence of most of what they spew out! My kids would not be raised on stupid nonsense,fake news,propaganda, manipulative & dishonest advertising like most of it is,cable TV idiocy,or any other destructive bullshit! But why isn’t Newsbud talking about all these false flags for what they ate,from Las Vegas to Parkland,FL to all the rest ?! Almost all of these “shootings” are false flags designed to take away guns and keep people in fear so they can “protect” us with more police, bigger military, more illegal mass surveillance, more stealing of our tax dollars, more mass murder wars for profits,more money for the corporate bankster empire,more money for Isreal,etc!!! How could u not know this with all the knowledge Newsbud has?! This is so false to say this is due to violent games,movies etc when the vast majority are Empire false flags! Kids need positive influences but this is Empire Scamming for the most part! Also false flag doesn’t mean no one was hurt or killed! Sometimes people are hurt or killed in false flags! Newsbud is great but I hope u start calling out false flags psyops for what they are !

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