Memphis Livestream Shooter Appears in Court

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The Facts

  • 19-year-old Ezekiel Kelly, the suspected gunman in the Memphis, Tenn. shooting on Wed. that killed four and injured three, appeared in Shelby County court on Friday.

  • Kelly has so far been charged with the first-degree murder of Dewayne Tunstall, the first victim in the shooting rampage that prompted a temporary shelter-in-place order and suspension of busses.

The Spin

Republican narrative

This latest shooting - along with other recent tragic events - calls attention to Tennessee's outdated, soft-on-crime policies. Kelly was a previously convicted, known danger to society, and yet the judicial system let him loose. This only affirms the need for Tennessee's "Truth in Sentencing" bill, which will go a long way to addressing a broken justice system.

Democratic narrative

Politicians are using this tragedy to push their political agenda and call for policy change in what is not only a disrespectful lack of regard for the victims, but also ill-informed rhetoric. The "Truth in Sentencing" bill would have required Kelly to serve 85% of his sentence, which means he still would have been out in time to commit this crime even if it had been in effect.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that the US murder rate in 2030 will be at least 5.80 per 100k inhabitants, according to the Metaculus prediction community

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