The Highland Park murder bought his weapon legally, despite countless red flags:
After two incidents in 2019—one where Crimo tried to kill himself, another where he threatened to “kill everyone”—police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from his residence.
Why was this person able to buy an AR-15 style rifle https://t.co/bUp3wwmhwP— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) July 5, 2022
No civilian should be allowed to posses weapons like this, but preventing young men with a history of violent threats from purchasing them seems like a reasonable first step, not that it’s happening anytime soon. (I believe the next move for gun nuts is to assert that it would be no problem for a random incel to purchase the same weapon through the black market without being caught.)
Meanwhile, I’m beginning to think that his choice of location might not have been entirely random:
The suspect in the deadly Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, paid an alarming visit to the city’s Chabad synagogue during Passover, said the congregation’s volunteer security director.
“He was definitely sizing up the synagogue,” Martin Blumenthal said Tuesday in an interview.
Anyway, let’s not rush to any conclusions.
*mass shooter turns out to be the most 4chan alt right dweeb to ever 4chan*
Media Talking Heads: “We will never know what turned this troubled young man into a killer.”— Environmental Services Weedle (@PartyWurmple) July 5, 2022