On Saturday, following the publishing of a xenophobic ‘manifesto,’ a lone gunman murdered 20 innocent people in an El Paso Walmart and injured scores of others. Democrats blamed Donald Trump for the heinous act.
Twelve hours later, another gunman killed nine people–including his sister—before being killed himself. He supported Elizabeth Warren and hated Donald Trump.
On Saturday, two horrific event shook the nation.
The first, was a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas where a lone gunman killed 20 people and injured scores more.
Prior to his horrific act, gunman Patrick Crusius, 21, published a xenophobic “manifesto,” that politicians on the Left—including Elizabeth Warren (below)—are using to blame President Trump for the gunmen’s actions.
We need to call out white nationalism for what it is—domestic terrorism. It is a threat to the United States, and we've seen its devastating toll this weekend. And we need to call out the president himself for advancing racism and white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/pdE9CAiQqx
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 4, 2019
The second horrific incident occurred 12 hours later and 1500 miles away in Dayton, Ohio where 24-year old Connor Betts killed nine people—including his younger sister—before being being killed by police within 30 seconds of starting his killing spree.
Unlike the El Paso shooting, however, Democrats were not as quick to blame President Trump for the Dayton killings.
The reason is, the Dayton shooter was, according to Heavy.com, “a self-described ‘leftist,’ who wrote that he would happily vote for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, praised Satan, was upset about the 2016 presidential election results, and added, ‘I want socialism, and i’ll not wait for the idiots to finally come round to understanding.'”
It seems as though, whenever there is a mass-shooting (or other attack) people—from politicians to everyday citizens—want to assign political blame for the actions of a crazed individual.
However easy it is to do, it is wrong (for both sides) to do.
Columbine, Virginia Tech., Ft. Hood, Sandy Hook, Orlando, San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Parkland, Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton and so many more…they are all horrific and, while there are differences, there are similarities.
Alan J. Lipman, Ph.D., J.D., a professor at George Washington University Medical Center and founder of the Center for the Study of Violence has stated that “most mass killers fall into three categories. They can either have one or a combination of these traits.”
1. A young male between the ages of 16 and 25 who is depressed and has a fascination with violence.
Their depression is either undiagnosed or untreated. Cruz received mental health therapy, “but it was brief and there was no follow-up,” said Lipman. Had Cruz continued treatment, “it’s more than likely this would never have happened.”
But depression itself, or any of the other two conditions, does not motivate someone to carry out an overwhelming, vengeful act of violence that destroys innocent lives. There is usually a triggering event….A major experience like that in an already-depressed person causes a great deal of anger and rage; a serious break that fuels their viciousness.
2. A psychotic individual.
This person may have trouble distinguishing truth from reality; suffer from hallucinations and delusions (false beliefs)….Although people who suffer from psychosis are usually not violent, “there is a small subset of psychotic people who are implicated in shootings…”
3. A sociopath or psychopath.
Known as antisocial personality disorder, this person disregards, or violates, the rights of others, having little to no conscience or regard for societal laws, with no remorse. While they may sometimes appear charming, they’re typically manipulative, reckless and aggressive, irresponsible and often antisocial, prone to emotional outbursts and fits of rage.
“Their motives are almost always, without exception, nonpolitical. And they don’t describe themselves as having a particular political motivation,” Lipman told Politifact last year.
Some — like Dylann Roof, who killed nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 — might channel their rage at a specific group of people, said James Alan Fox, criminologist at Northeastern University and author of “Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder.” But that doesn’t mean they’re acting on a Republican or Democratic mission, he said.
“Very few are motivated by any sort of political agenda in terms in parties. They might be anti-gay or anti-black or anti-white. You could argue those are political, I guess,” stated Fox.
Regardless how convenient it is for people—including those running for President—to blame politics for the actions of evil and deranged psychos, it is wrong.