What's the only thing faster than a speeding bullet? The willingness of journalists to jump the gun and begin to assign blame.
Relying on early and inaccurate information, national outlets reported this morning that a shooter was loose on campus at Ohio State. In reality, 18-year old Abdul Razak Ali Artan attacked and injured 11 students with a butcher knife and his Honda Civic, not a gun.
But rather than wait for the facts before rushing to judgement, the media quickly typed up a villain: firearms owners and organizations like the NRA who oppose increased regulation.
Even before first responders had sounded the all clear, Vox labeled the ambush "the Ohio State shooting." Yahoo News took the next step,reporting that the attack "spurs a look at Ohio gun laws." And pundits across Twitter blamed American gun culture for a mass shooting that had never happened.