Ritual human sacrifice: the price of freedom?
by Tom Sullivan
Reports indicate the FBI has not yet determined a motive behind the Dayton, Ohio shooting rampage Sunday morning. But with mass-shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton coming within a week, it is natural to wonder if they are connected. They are. In guns and in death.
How else is less clear. As of Wednesday, the FBI had not determined a motive for the Gilroy shootings that left three dead and six wounded. The gunman shot himself.
"The information that's out there, it's being reported that there's white nationalism or any type of those ideologies," Special Agent John Bennett told reporters. "That has not been determined and I wanted to knock that down."
Authorities are investigating the El Paso shootings as domestic terrorism. Twenty killed, over two dozen injured. The suspect in that case surrendered to police. Prior to the attack, police say, he posted online a statement filled with anti-immigrant and racist language. The "invasion" of Texas by Latinos would make Texas solidly Democratic and turn the country into a one-party state, etc. He drove from the Dallas suburbs to El Paso to kill as many Mexicans as possible. His statement echoes language broadcast weekly by the acting president and conservative opinion outlets.
Using the El Paso terrorist's manifesto, I connected the dots for folks still having trouble doing that.— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) August 4, 2019
This is just the first page. pic.twitter.com/mQcW3doGNF
These right-wing extremists are not only channelling neo-Nazi borne “Great Replacement” conspiracy theories, which frame demographic change as a threat to white Europeans, but also taking a cue from the words and policies of President Donald Trump.While close in time, the Gilroy and Dayton deaths may not be connected to El Paso by ideology any more than Chicago's summer ritual of drive-by shootings are. Seven were wounded in a park there over the weekend.
It’s worth remembering that when a Rwandan politician described Rwanda’s Tutsi minority as “cockroaches” it started a genocide that resulted in the deaths of upwards of one million people in that country.
No. of mass shootings 1/1 - 8/3/2019 incl. the #ElPasoShooting:— Chris Lutolf (@ChrisLutolf) August 3, 2019
Hey @GOP, "thoughts & prayers" don't change shit, which is why you'll be voted out in 2020! pic.twitter.com/BygYUAdP1C