Not surprisingly, People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings (PETA) distanced themselves from YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam. A spokesman for the group told The Blast that she appeared at a few demonstrations almost ten years ago and was never heard from again.
Aghdam attended a 2009 PETA protest in San Diego condemning the use of pigs in military-trauma training.
Prior to her death, she had ranted on her YouTube channel against the company accusing YouTube of censoring her videos, most of which focus on animal rights and veganism. Aghdam obviously resented the fact that her account had been de-monetized.
One thing is abundantly clear, Nasim Aghdam was an ideologue like her other fellow animal rights activists. She was a true believer who felt entitled to her platform and when YouTube started stripping her of her claim to fame, she sought revenge.
About a year ago, a columnist with The Atlantic found no basis for PETA’s claim that a vegan diet helps reduce violence. Nasim Aghdam’s veganism sure didn’t prevent her from conducting her heinous act.