This hardly comes as a surprise.
After Charleston, Pittsburgh, Poway, Christchurch and El Paso, it was bound to happen. The violent accelerationists were crushed by law enforcement in the 1980s and 1990s. Having learned nothing from history, these guys and others like them are going to prison for a long time.
“For the first time since it was formed after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is adding white supremacist violence to its list of priority threats in a revised counterterrorism strategy issued Friday.
“The continuing menace of racially based violent extremism, particularly white supremacist extremism, is an abhorrent affront to our nation, the struggle and unity of its diverse population, and the core values of both our society and our department,” said Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland secretary, in a speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington. …”
I’m not sure what can be done about the problem. These people almost never join organizations. They almost never give advance notice of their attacks until it is too late to stop them. They are attacking soft targets like Wal-Marts and synagogues and can be assured of 24/7 media attention. No one else has any advance knowledge of these attacks until they just appear in the news.
No one could have stopped Dylann Roof. No one knew Dylann Roof.
No one could have stopped James Fields. No one knew James Fields.
No one could have stopped Patrick Crusius. No one knew Patrick Crusius.
No one could have stopped Brenton Tarrant. No one knew Brenton Tarrant.
If the federal government knew how to stop mass shootings, it seems reasonable to assume it would have done so years ago after Sandy Hook or Las Vegas. These “white supremacist” mass shootings are one facet of the larger phenomenon. We still don’t know what motivated Stephen Paddock. Instead of stopping real mass shooters, the feds will end up taking it out their frustrations on harmless fed posters. They have to “do something” about the problem and that is what they will end up doing.
Do you remember the last mass shooting in Odessa, TX that was sent down the memory hole by the media because it didn’t fit the “white supremacist terrorism” narrative? Seth Ator called the FBI Tip Line before the shooting. He had been calling them for years. He personally red flagged himself to the FBI. They still couldn’t stop him. They were focused on red flagging Patriots.