Yesterday Nasim Najafi Aghdam shot and injured three people on YouTube's San Bruno, California campus before turning the gun on herself. Aghdam died of the gunshot wound. Her three victims are expected to recover.
In the wake of this shooting, Donald Trump did what so many politicians do after such tragedies: he tweeted "thoughts and prayers."
Was just briefed on the shooting at YouTube’s HQ in San Bruno, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyb… https://t.co/9gGGgoGDUv— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1522792154.0
Considering this shooting took place in Silicon Valley, on the turf of the tech giants, Jack Dorsey, Twitter's CEO, hit back at Trump directly, tweeting in a comment to Trump's tweet:
"We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots. It’s beyond time to evolve our policies."
We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our commu… https://t.co/zb8z276eIG— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack 🌍🌏🌎) 1522796938.0
The gun safety policy prescriptions that Dorsey is suggesting Trump take on, which were advocated by the March For Our Lives organizers, include:
1. Fund gun violence research and gun violence prevention/intervention programs.
2. Eliminate absurd restrictions on ATF.
3. Universal background checks.
4. High-capacity magazine ban.
5. Limit firing power on the streets.
Some on Twitter were grateful for Dorsey's words:
@jack Thank you for sharing this and saying something.— PNW Wonder Woman (@PNW Wonder Woman) 1522798020.0
@jack https://t.co/K982zwIyIn— Southern Snark, 🦋 (@Southern Snark, 🦋) 1522807406.0
The gunwoman in yesterday's shooting was a vegan blogger who had complained about YouTube removing ads from her videos. She had accused the site of discrimination in the past, stating that "YouTube and Google, which owns it, took measures to hurt her website in search results and reduce the number of views on her videos," according to The New York Times.
On the website and in YouTube videos, Ms. Aghdam discussed Persian culture, veganism and animal cruelty, performed music parodies and gave exercise tutorials. She had YouTube pages in Persian, Turkish and English.
Nasim Najafi Aghdam, the woman identified as the YouTube shooter, told her family in recent weeks that she "hated"… https://t.co/SfUTRv68d8— The New York Times (@The New York Times) 1522848663.0
@jack Thank u soo much @jack for your support on this...— Mohammed (@Mohammed) 1522797079.0
While others took him to task for not doing more to reign in Trump on his platform of choice.
@jack @riromtz Nice words @jack - but what are you doing to protect the people who are behind @AMarch4OurLives ? T… https://t.co/CmCAzndI8B— TakeItBack 🆘 (@TakeItBack 🆘) 1522826124.0
@jack You could start by putting a stop to shadow banning, deleting accounts & trying to stifle free speech. This i… https://t.co/N4VDPx4EaS— Hellboy ⭐⭐⭐ (@Hellboy ⭐⭐⭐) 1522823647.0
@jack Pretty rich coming from you. How about Twitter doing more to clean up it's act regarding bots, disinformation… https://t.co/qW8oW4v2B7— Squidkid (@Squidkid) 1522849697.0
@jack @MAGAisRacist Taking potus off twitter would make our country and the world safer. No thoughtless threats, r… https://t.co/BdpbK4Eu41— JPaperno (((Democrat Savage))) 🇺🇸❤️🏳️🌈 (@JPaperno (((Democrat Savage))) 🇺🇸❤️🏳️🌈) 1522812606.0
@jack I’d love to see @twitter be proactive and evolve beyond your policies. Shut down the boys, the trolls, the… https://t.co/DSmiXqA4gS— Buzz Bishop (@Buzz Bishop) 1522797250.0