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Beware, the Republican Response to White Nationalist Mass Shootings Appear to be Coalescing Around Characterizing These Men as Disturbed and Focussing the Remedy on Identification and Removal Rather Than on the Ideology That Inspires Them or the Weapons That Enables Them.

August 5, 2019

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There have been three assault rife massacres in the US in little more than a week. — The first at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California, then in El Paso Texas and finally in Dayton, Ohio.  Over thirty people were slaughtered and even more injured.

The assassins in two cases were young white men professing an alt-right point of view and hatred of Latino immigrants.  Mass murder by gun especially armed with military assault weapons wielded by civilians has become endemic in the United States in the past thirty years and has radically increased in frequency and magnitude in the last four.   Also, more and more of these events recently have been committed by white men claiming right-wing and racist justification for their actions.

The response from the right and the Republican politicians, who have steadfastly refused to consider any controls on guns or to place any blame on the white nationalist rationalizations claimed by the wielders of these armaments in their slaughter, recently appear to be coalescing around characterizing these men as disturbed and focussing the remedy on identification and removal rather than on the ideology that inspires them or the weapons enables them.

This approach is not only wrong, but it is also a subterfuge. It arms the police only with a vague and arbitrary standard that is difficult to understand and implement and easily subverted by politics or ideology. Why empower often poorly educated and trained but heavily armed police to make decisions on issues where even those who study them disagree, rather than simply requiring them to remove the means of mass mayhem and urging the media and the spokesmen for society, including the President, to condemn the ideology that motivated them?
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