May 17, 2022

Shooting in Buffalo

“A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as ‘racially motivated violent extremism.’” AP News

Many on all sides argue that the gunman’s history should have prompted additional scrutiny from authorities:

“Officials need a better understanding of the concept of ‘leakage,’ which was identified a couple of decades ago as a predictor of future school shooting: A student planning to do something violent would often intentionally or unintentionally reveal something about the impending act… Peers had the most useful information about attack planning, but were the least likely to come forward with relevant information to law enforcement… Last year, the Biden administration released the first-ever US domestic terrorism strategy which contained useful policy prescriptions. This strategy was long overdue.”
Peter Bergen, CNN

“Law enforcement had been warned about Gendron… by his school. Last spring, just before he graduated from high school, Gendron threatened to commit a murder-suicide, according to The New York Times. He was hospitalized, evaluated, and eventually released. The matter was referred to the state police, but Gendron ‘fell off investigators' radar.’ These developments are eerily similar to the situation with Nikolas Cruz, who committed the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida…

“The ‘see something, say something’ ideology behind U.S. policing says that a well-informed and watchful citizenry is expected to actively monitor for threats and report them to law enforcement. When something goes wrong, the people are often blamed for having been inattentive—for missing the signs. But something close to the reverse is usually true: In the Parkland and Buffalo cases, civilians saw something and said something. Unfortunately, the feds didn't pay enough attention.”
Robby Soave, Reason

“He wore a full-blown hazmat suit to school and said he wanted to commit a murder-suicide after graduating. He’d been hospitalized for a mental-health evaluation for a day and half. And he posted a 180-page racist, anti-Semitic manifesto praising mass killers and exposing his own radicalization. Yet the gun dealer who sold him the Bushmaster insisted nothing came up in the background check. Huh?… [He] never should’ve been able to get his hands on the Bushmaster assault-style rifle used in the slaughter. And authorities will never rein in such madness if they focus on merely passing laws rather than enforcing them.”
Editorial Board, New York Post

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