I will discuss the law enforcement and policy implications below. The details are particularly horrific so I won't be focusing on those.
Domestic, workplace or housing related violence is MORE COMMON than domestic terrorism.
>Chelsea NY bombings
>Post election riots
>Various jihadist attacks
and many others since 2016.
Here is what I learned.
Many events DO have a political motive and important implications for the public.
But often, people get it wrong, bc they speak BEFORE doing their own fact checking.
They don't care.
By the time the facts are confirmed, they've achieved their communications/marketing goal & their audience believed them.
We can't force the public figures to change what they do.
Some of the biggest liars have huge followings; that won't change.
You can only change you.
The local PD messed up. They declared the RW protest unlawful, but failed to protect the LW (&RW) groups from vehicular attack.
Shame on them.
Obviously, he condemned the vehicular attack. There is no question about that.
He also ensured his DOJ & FBI looked into what the PD did that day, & spoke to all PDs.
They ignored the intense pressure to release info while they secured public safety & the prosecution case.
Hardly any facts were known at the time.
The Capital Gazette is at the other end of the spectrum. An almost totally benign outlet.
Look, statistics clearly show which types of violence are most common. Racist violence exists. But interpersonal violence is rife.
Sean Hannity messed up when, a few hours into the Annapolis coverage, he declared that Leftist incitement was a factor in the case. I facepalmed so hard.
They are not helping the conservative/MAGA cause one bit.
I'm talking about reporting, not causing the violence. An important distinction.
I can also argue that non-political violence is made worse by the Left.
We need to work TOGETHER, not LW/RW.
>Suspect had been asked to leave apartment complex
>Returned the next day, attacked a group of children
The race, religion & national origin of the suspect & victims are not the most important factors here.
Interpersonal conflict is common in such environments.
The odds of violence are high.
Of course my heart goes out to the children & their families affected. They are the top priority.
The most dangerous time is when the person has just been removed, fired, evicted or otherwise limited in some way.
Those in charge of a workplace, home etc must act decisively.
The Annapolis shooter was very determined. The Parkland shooter was able to exploit the weakest security imaginable for a high school.
>Hire security experts to report on measures for your work site
>Demand better performance from local govt
Involve law enforcement. Warn all tenants. Hire extra security. Insist on a Police report. Use civil law.
Use common sense. Take responsibility. Be prudent.
Getting it wrong can lead to actual harm for those involved, & indirect harm for the country in general.
Education is key.
Suspect has a significant criminal record involving violence. Was a short term guest of a tenant he just met. A very nasty incident... hard to prevent. IMO mental health/drug issues seem likely. No excuse ofc.