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When Can We Talk About Trans Mass Shooters?

When Can We Talk About Trans Mass Shooters?

Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, home of megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, was the site of an attempted mass shooting on February 11.

During a Sunday afternoon Spanish-language service, a woman armed with an AK-15 and dressed in a trench coat stormed the church with her 7-year-old son and proceeded to open fire on the congregation.

Almost immediately, she was shot and killed by two off-duty police officers who were already present at the scene—but not before the shooter’s son and a 57-year-old man were also shot.

While the man has been released from hospital, the boy is still fighting for his life.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the attacker was identified as 36-year-old Genesse Moreno, an El Salvador national with a long rap sheet and a history of mental health problems.

Among the other details to emerge were that she had the word “Palestine” emblazoned across her weapon, had left behind her a trail of antisemitic writings, and regularly went by the name Jeffery Escalante.

The latter detail sparked widespread speculation that the shooter was transgender—as well as loud condemnations, from all the usual suspects, that such a possibility might even be countenanced.

The Federalist’s label for Moreno, in a February 14 report, as “gender-confused” seems at least reasonable, given her penchant for identifying as “Jeffery”—a name even her ex-husband used for her.

As we wait for more details to emerge, it seems relevant to ask the question: When can we talk about trans mass shooters?

As The Epoch Times reported last month, “Since 2018, five people who identified as transgender or were gender-confused have gone on killing sprees at schools and businesses.” Looking at the statistics in more depth, they note:

The number of people aged 13 and older who identify as transgender in the United States is estimated to be about 1.6 million, or 0.6 percent of that population, according to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy.

And although 0.6 percent of the 13-and-older population identifies as transgender, 5.4 percent of the mass shootings in recent years involved gender-confused individuals.

Assuming these numbers are correct, trans and gender-confused shooters are overrepresented ninefold.

Thus, while it would be a stretch to call this an epidemic of trans shooters, trans shootings have certainly become a classification of mass shootings.

According to The Federalist:

The 17-year-old Iowan male who shot up his high school in January was known to flirt with inaccurate pronouns and transgender ideology.

The 28-year-old woman who shot and killed three children and three staff at a small Christian school in Nashville in March 2023 went by a male name and referred to herself with male pronouns.

The 22-year-old man who shot and killed five and injured dozens more at a Colorado Springs nightclub in November 2022 told courts he is ‘nonbinary’ and uses ‘they/them pronouns,’ and asked to be referred to as ‘Mx.’ instead of ‘Mr.’ by his lawyers.

The 16-year-old female who, along with another teen, shot up the middle school and high school sections of a Denver-area charter school masqueraded as a man and demanded people call her by a male name.

The 26-year-old female who shot and killed three employees and herself at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland in 2018 told family and friends she was trans.

Perhaps most troubling is that, while the legacy press is ever eager to highlight a person’s transgender identity if he or she  falls victim to a crime, they willfully neglect to mention it when a trans or gender-confused person perpetrates one.

This was especially the case with the Nashville transgender shooter, whose woke manifesto was buried by the authorities for months and came to light thanks only to a whistleblower who leaked it to the media.

It goes without saying that we should not demonize an entire group of people based on the actions of a few.

On the other hand, people from certain identity groups should not be given special immunity from the media or the authorities. Politicians and the media have been quick to point to people’s race, beliefs, or identity in other cases—why not in the case of transgender shooters? The public must be allowed to ask questions.

Among them: What role do cross-sex hormones play in changing brain chemistry? Does taking testosterone make a person more likely to commit violence? Does “transitioning”—and, in particular, medicalization of the issue  —actually result in better outcomes? Has it resulted in overall good for society to no longer treat gender dysphoria as a mental illness but instead as a matter of identity and pride?

Being allowed to talk about trans mass shooters means being allowed to ask the questions that should be asked with the urgency those questions deserve. And ultimately, it means providing the best help possible for those who need it—and safer societies for all of us.

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Kurt Mahlburg
Kurt Mahlburg

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    M. Saric
    February 19, 2024, 6:28 pm

    The 'transgender' or 'gender confused' are just another subcategory of the mentally ill.

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    Jackson Pemberton
    February 19, 2024, 7:12 pm

    One's gender is so profoundly elemental to one's identity there is little wonder that those who choose to question the obvious (we all get reminded several times a day when we empty our bladders) struggle with everything else in life. People evaluate themselves against all that surrounds them and when they become confused about what they are, that evaluation must reinforce their confusion. Then the survival instinct requires they destroy whatever they can blame for the cognitive dissonance that saturates their minds. In most cases (there are surely exceptions) this is or becomes a mental illness too often looking for release in violent ways due to the extreme pressure of that dissonance.

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    February 19, 2024, 8:33 pm

    You are a critical thinker and skilled researcher who asks the correct questions.

    Mass shootings in America could have been stopped decades ago if our mass media and paid representatives fulfilled their sworn oaths and duties and did their jobs. But evil tells lies. And lies and lies and lies.

    Your last two paragraphs are crucial to the crux of the matter.

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    February 19, 2024, 9:55 pm

    when can we talk about Christian mass shooters of which there is a ton more of? for that matter, when can we talk about the straight, cis child molesters of the churches and of right wing politics in general? do you not care about the mass shooters and child molesters that are part of the mentally ill religious right?

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      February 20, 2024, 12:41 am

      Bjorn, you may be able to find a tiny handful of nasty people "identifying" as "christians" but who most decidedly are NOT. Example is the woman who went back to the christian school she attended and murdered six people. Her attending that particular school does/did NOT make or identify her as a follower of Jesus Christ. And same with the twisted creature that just shot up the church she had once attended. by their frits you shall know them". Murdering people is NOT the sort of fruit that will identify anyone as one whose life is dedicated to serving the Lord and His people (and all people, actually)

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    February 20, 2024, 12:29 am

    Careful now, Kurt….. you are standing on that "Third Rail" with this one:
    Among them: What role do cross-sex hormones play in changing brain chemistry?

    d thank you for doing so. This DOES need to be asked… and correct true answers DEMANDED. Having looked intto this whole "gender fluid" nonsense somewhat there is no question in MY mind there is a strong connexion the normal media refuse to even countenance. I've lived quite a few decades in this country, and spent time in at least a half dozen others. This gender bending business used to be a non-issue, a remote rarity to even be mentioned.
    Mrs.Doubtfire was funny and inoffensive because it was a creative way around a barrier set up to deny his relationship with his children. It was narrowly focused on doing an end round his barmy wife, the mother of his children. And we the viewers were made wise to the scam and the reason for it.
    I suppose it did push the wierdo door open just a tiny bit…. but it certainly never got close to promoting the perversion as right and good and universal. .


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