Nashville bombing has detrimental effects, receives minimal national attention


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A Nashville police car, just like the ones used by the police department during the Nashville bombing, is driven toward its next assigned emergency.

On Christmas Day, a tragedy happened in Nashville, TN, as there was a bombing that injured three civilians and damaged multiple surrounding buildings. Even though this was a massive event, there was little national media coverage of the bombing and its aftermath was quickly overshadowed by other captivating and more attention-grabbing headlines such as those about the presidential inauguration.

The heart-wrenching scene that was captured on a police officer’s bodycam involved 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner committing a suicide bombing in the heart of Nashville, while being in close proximity with buildings, including the AT&T Building and small businesses owned by citizens of Nashville. The Washington Post said, “Three people were hospitalized with noncritical injuries, police said. At least 41 businesses were damaged in the blast.”

I think the Nashville bombing didn’t get that much media attention because people were more concerned about rising numbers in COVID-19 cases…”

— Jai Ahuja

The lack of news outlets covering the incident didn’t help when it came to spreading awareness and helping those who were injured in the blast. Many American citizens didn’t hear about the bombing until far longer than a week after it occurred. Freshman Jai Ahuja said, “I think the Nashville bombing didn’t get that much media attention because people were more concerned about rising numbers in COVID-19 cases over the holidays and the holidays in general because they were symbolic of the end of a horrible year.”

The bombing, according to the police, was planned at least a month in advance as Warner quit his job and sold his home exactly one month prior to the occurrence. ABC News said, “Warner also apparently gave away his home in Antioch, TN, to a Los Angeles woman a month before the bombing. A property record dated Nov. 25 indicates Warner transferred the home to the woman in exchange for no money.”

The bombing is not being considered a terrorist attack right now and the motive still isn’t clear, but there is information being brought up about police not following up on a report saying that Warner was building bombs in his vehicle all the way back in 2019. ABC News said, “Nashville Police Chief John Drake announced a five-member team that will review the department’s response to the home of Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, after a report in 2019 that said he may have been building bombs in his recreational vehicle.”

The city of Nashville is in recovery mode and trying to get back to how it was before the attack as quickly as possible. The cell service in the area has already been restored and the sewer system has remained unaffected. Local business owners are slowly regaining access to the affected buildings, where their businesses that are now in shambles, were located.