As many of you have already heard, one week after mass shootings in Gilroy, CA and Brownsville, NY there has been another, this time at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. As of Saturday evening, there are 20 dead and 26 injured. Once again I am sending thoughts and prayers to people who started the day never dreaming they would be victims of a bloodbath. I don’t normally post pictures of the shooter, but after much reflection, this time I am.
Take a good look folks. This cowardly, evil SOB caught on security cameras, is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, who begins what apparently is his sick manifesto, with these chilling words.
In general I support the Christchurch shooter and his manifesto. This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.
”Hispanic invasion.” “…cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” Huh. I wonder where he picked up these little pearls of white nationalist wisdom. Could it be from the current occupant of the White House and his supporters? There are two main issues here. First, while racism and the backlash against immigration predates Trump, he and his supporters, including Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, and many other right-wing media personalities have mainstreamed hate. In my opinion they’ve given implicit approval to white supremacists and white nationalists to act out. The second issue is the continued gun violence in this country. It’s only August, but the 2019 statistics below are pretty staggering.
Obviously there will be a lot more information coming forth in the coming days but nothing will change these basic facts:
1. The shooter was motivated by white nationalist hate.
2. Twenty innocents are dead and twenty-six injured from gunfire.
3. This country of immigrants is being torn apart by people cynically using the issue of immigration as a weapon.
4. The U.S. needs to admit that we need common sense gun legislation because once again, the clock is already ticking down to the next mass shooting, the only question is where. Another store/mall? A house of worship? A movie theater? A workplace? A school?
Another mass shooting took place early this morning. There are 9 dead, 26 injured in Dayton, Ohio after a shooter dressed in body armor walked through a popular entertainment section of the city. The only thing that prevented an even higher body count was that police were in the area. Mother of God! Can we please, PLEASE admit we have a problem and take meaningful action now?