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No. 35 — Aug. 27-Sep. 2, 2023
UNC PhD student kills advisor on campus
On Monday, Associate Professor Zijie Yan was fatally shot by PhD student Tailei Qi at the Caudill Labs building at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Before the body of the single victim even was cold, politicians (mainly from the left side of the political spectrum) began seizing on this shooting to promote their agenda of “change”, even up to the president of the United States himself.
Was if because this murder worse than the killings that happen every week in Raleigh and Durham? Was it more of a tragedy than five homicides in Chapel Hill in 2022?
Was it because neither the killer nor the victim fit the ordinary profiles we have grown used to?
No, I believe the answer is simpler: fear and terror. Students at UNC were locked down for hours as the police cleared the campus looking for the gunman. Even nearby middle, elementary, and high schools on their very first day of reopening were placed on lockdown in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district.
In the end, the early reports of multiple fatalities and even more wounded were proven to be mistaken. Although the very first 911 call to the police was apparently correct in identifying Qi as the shooter, it was incorrect in identifying Qi as an active shooter.
“An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area…”
However, the anti-gun activists seem to have implemented the exact same response they would have gone with had the incident been an active shooting, with rallies, vague demands for change, and even a photo op with President Biden holding the cover image of the school’s primary student newspaper.
On the other side of things, it’s been suggested that there was perhaps a nefarious hidden motive for the shooting. After all, both Qi and Yan are Chinese nationals who received undergraduate education at universities in the city of Wuhan, and there were pre-COVID-19 ties between the virology research at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Qi and Yan worked on research in the physical sciences, not virology, with a recent paper entitled “Optical Binding of Metal Nanoparticles Self-Reinforced by Plasmonic Surface Lattice Resonances”.
I’m not above entertaining such theories, but I have yet to see anything more than circumstantial evidence that this was a “CCP hit” or somehow related to COVID-19, as I have seen alleged.
See also: University student newspapers show why firearms outreach to journalism schools is vital - Bearing Arms
Duke Health offers “safe and supportive space” for employees upset by new laws banning sex change surgery for minors - Libs of TikTok on X
NC Symphony sued over lack of religious accommodation in vaccine mandate
The Center for American Liberty has announced a lawsuit against the North Carolina Symphony on behalf of three former musicians who were allegedly placed on unpaid leave and then terminated after being denied “reasonable accommodation” for their religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine (one is Jewish, the other two are Buddhists).
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