Earlier this week on Monday, Steven Crowder, the host of the show “Louder with Crowder,” revealed leaked images from the alleged manifesto of the Nashville shooter that has been kept tightly under wraps for several months while the investigation is still ongoing.
The manifesto contains very disturbing language, with phrases like “Wanna annihilate all you little cr*ckers” and “I’m hopeful for a high body count.” To say the least, the entire manifesto is extremely troubling and unsettling.
Just one day later, Elon Musk retweeted Crowder’s original post along with Musk’s own reaction after reading through the alleged Nashville shooter’s manifesto.
“Clearly mentally ill,” he said.
Political commentator Dave Rubin was impressed with Musk’s candid admission, especially the second part where Musk points to the heartbreaking and tragic outcomes of the broken societal systems we currently have in place.
“Any person who carries out these types of horrific murders is mentally ill by definition,” Rubin argues, “but that truth does not fit the agenda and narrative of the Democratic Party, which wants to continue stepping on American’s Second Amendment rights. The Democrats do not want the conversation to focus on mental health issues or the mind-altering prescription drugs that many of these shooters have been on. Nor do they want attention on other potential factors, like in this case, the fact that the Nashville shooter was transgender and likely taking hormones that could have impacted their mental state.”
Rubin continues, “The Democrats prefer to simplify the conversation, blame lax gun laws, and paint all gun owners and Second Amendment supporters with a broad brush rather than have an honest discussion about the many variables at play here. It’s a much more complex issue than just gun control laws.”
Overall, many found Musk’s admission that reading the Nashville shooter’s manifesto was deeply disturbing and his recognition that there are larger societal factors at play here very refreshing. Musk did not shy away from engaging with these uncomfortable realities, even though they go against the typical narrative.
Too often, events like mass shootings get oversimplified to push certain political agendas when the truth is that violent behavior arises from a web of complex factors, including mental health, prescription drugs, social isolation, economic hardship, and more.
While concrete solutions are not easy, it is important we have open and honest conversations about these difficult issues instead of getting mired in polarized talking points. Musk’s willingness to acknowledge the shades of grey shows critical thinking and nuance sorely lacking in much public discourse today.