Mass Shootings, Few Answers
“Members of the press, what the fuck?” For El Paso native and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, the weekend mass shooting in his Texas hometown that claimed the lives of over 20 innocent people is personal, and the cause clear: President Donald J. Trump. Blaming the president’s incendiary rhetoric, the former congressman exploded at reporters, “You know the sh-t he’s been saying!”
For Hunter Pollack, the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio are personal, too. His younger sister was gunned down, last year, in the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida.
Appearing on Fox News, Monday night, the visibly angry 22 year old explains, “I was never a political guy until my sister was murdered in Parkland. Then I wanted to know what happened, how it happened, and why it happened. It’s almost like trying to figure out the facts has to be a conservative thing.” The school safety activist adds, “The Left just attacks anything that isn’t gun control… I’m done with it.”
It is believed the El Paso suspect posted a manifesto minutes before his rampage, titled “The Inconvenient Truth” —closely mimicking the title of a 2006 Oscar-winning global warming documentary by former vice president Al Gore. The manifesto is a weird amalgam of white nationalism, anti-corporation rhetoric, and environmental alarm. It rages, “If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
Researchers at Harvard University measured a tripling in mass shootings from 2011-2014 during the Obama administration. According to former FBI national spokesman John Iannarelli, more recently, “the numbers actually have been much less than in previous years.”
Americans desperately want to figure out the facts.