On April 3rd, 2018 an unidentified shooter entered the YouTube campus in San Bruno, CA and opened fire in a commons area. Many online feared during the initial moments of the news coverage that this event could be used to further the anti-gun agenda of YouTube or even be directly related to their recent moves to restrict firearms content on the platform.
This morning we have learned that the shooter has been identified as 39 year old Nasim Aghdam, a resident of Southern California. Per NBC affiliate in the Bay area:
“The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has confirmed the identity of the shooter who opened fire on YouTube’s campus in San Bruno Tuesday. Nasim Aghdam, 39, lived in Southern California and appears to have had a robust presence on YouTube.
In a video posted in January 2017, she says YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her content. In the video, Aghdam says her channel used to get lots of views but that after being “filtered” by the company, it received far fewer views.”
While motives of this shooting have not been identified, it appears there may be correlation with YouTube’s content policies and how they allow producers to monetize their content. NBC further states:
“In one online rant, she complained that YouTube censored her content by imposing an age restriction on one of her workout videos because they were too racy. She says the company failed to do the same thing for stars like Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, whose videos, she says, are inappropriate for children.
In a Facebook post from February 2017, Aghdam blasted YouTube saying, “There is no equal growth opportunity on YouTube.”
Specifics on the firearm used in this shooting are still unknown however, there are a couple of points that are vital to this story and the current climate towards firearms. YouTube’s campus was a posted gun free zone, restricting any firearms from being brought on to campus. California is also home to the most restrictive an onerous gun laws in the United States. These facts are important because the demand for gun control has reached a fever pitch with the recent #MarchForOurLives movement however, its clear that even the most oppressive gun laws cannot stop someone who has malicious intent.
As more details to this story unfold we continue to update you.
What are your thoughts on the correlation between gun control and gun crime, is there a proposed law that would have stopped this shooting? Let us know in the comments below.