The Buffalo Shooter’s Ideas and Beliefs in One Easy Thread Helps Paint a Larger Picture – Opinion

Mass shootings are bound to bring about two outcomes. One, celebrities are made of the shooter. I don’t like it any more than you do but there’s something about evil that great that draws people into wanting to know more. What drove them to do this? Why did they do it? How did they view the world? These questions are all common to anyone who hears of killers.

It is also certain that politicians, journalists, and activists will use it as a tool. It is important not to let any crisis pass by, and everyone, from gun control advocates, to race-baiters, will be there in full force to bring down innocent people.

As I type this, you see that the Buffalo shooting victim is the topic of much of the nation’s conversation. Many people point fingers at political opponents for the blame. The fact that information about the beliefs and intentions of the shooter was readily accessible online is not a reason for this.

Grabien founder Tom Elliott decided to take a moment and post a very easy thread that shows the Buffalo killer’s thought process about everything from how we wanted to execute the shooting to what his beliefs are and where he got them from.

This all starts with the reason why he chose that location. New York is very adamant about gun control and the shooter knew that he’d have an advantage there since everyone around him would have a very limited ammo capacity.

Also, we learn more about his passion for fascism and white supremacy as well as anti-semitism.

But before we come to the conclusion that this kid was just an extremist conservative as the media would have you believe, we can see the shooter made it very clear that he’s actually more of a socialist and “wants no part” of conservatism. In fact, his views evolved from communism and he said he’d define himself as a leftist populist.

While I won’t post the rest of the thread here, it is easily accessible as Elliot posts more, and it continues by giving us quite a bit of info. The shooter believes himself to be an “eco-fascist” who is very concerned about the erasure of whites and their culture through immigration and seems to have been a heavy user of 4Chan, where posts he found there refined his beliefs.

He posted that he is very anti-libertarian, believing that it’s a Jewish idea. He thanks God that conservatism is dead and wishes for the death of “anti-white” capitalists.

It’s clear that the shooter drifted towards Nazism and thought that a more “Hitleresque” nation was the best way to go. This is something neither the right nor the left accept. It is interesting to note all of this, and know where he got his ideas from directly from the source, but it’s also important to remember that sometimes, it’s those around him that can give us an even clearer picture.

Joe Cunningham said that people who had known him described the gunman as very strange and bizarre. He was a strange person and seemed to be fascinated by extremist ideologies. His friends and family can testify to his belief system, but you should pay more attention to his mental health.

(READ: We see the effects of neglecting the mental health crisis in Buffalo among our children)

That’s not to say that his ravings weren’t an important glimpse into his mental state, but all of this together creates a picture of an angry young man who didn’t get the help he clearly needed, and just like we see at the end of most mass shootings, we’re seeing more of an embrace of the surface level ideologies than the fact that mental health was the primary factor.

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