Matthew Shepard murder prompts discussion of gun control, but people are surprised over a new twist

Jailed journalist Matthew Shepard’s murder prompted many to rethink discrimination, and journalists to question their own experiences in the newsroom. That became even more poignant after the national controversy that came about in 2011…

Matthew Shepard murder prompts discussion of gun control, but people are surprised over a new twist

Jailed journalist Matthew Shepard’s murder prompted many to rethink discrimination, and journalists to question their own experiences in the newsroom. That became even more poignant after the national controversy that came about in 2011 over Matthew’s death being altered to make it look like a straight white man’s suicide (see above video). To counteract the initial hoax, three employees at a Washington-based blog called Wonkette were charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charges were dropped after one of the reporters took the stand and admitted to creating the hoax.

That prompted Washington Post reporter, Matthew Hennessey, to start asking questions about the incident involving gun rights.

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Joy Reid was in the news after backing Matt’s assassination in 2011, and she is using Matthew’s story as one reason why whites who criticize black lives matter as un-American are not hypocrites, and she’s explained what she believes made the Matthew Shepard acquittal for a murder trial white activists should be afraid of.

So @jcarlsonNYC, why did we indict a bunch of black kids for a terrible crime to begin with? When the perpetrator was white, no one killed themselves over it. https://t.co/eEgmsylcvf — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 29, 2017

“It isn’t a lot of fun covering the murders of teens, and they are all cathartic to read. But … in some cases you make decisions based on shock value. When I read a little story about how someone killed themselves for an opposition to gun control because of Matt Shepard, I just think how utterly ridiculous it is that this is attention grabbing.”

The shooting of Matthew Shepard in 1993 by a 25-year-old man named Aaron McKinney was an argument over gay sex. He shot Shepard when Shepard refused to perform oral sex. His death became a landmark protest against homophobia.

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