In April of 1999, two high school students sent a ripple of shock and despair through the American public and many around the world as they entered Columbine High School in the state of Colorado and shot and killed twelve of their classmates. In the twenty years since, mass shootings such as this seem to be on the rise in America and a few other developed countries around the world.
Now the world is looking to El Paso, Texas, where a lone gunman entered a Walmart store on August 3rd, shooting and killing at least twenty people and injuring dozens more. The suspect was identified as twenty-one-year-old Patrick Crusius, and reported to be a follower of alt-right and pro Donald Trump social media content.
Crusius was apprehended at the scene by law enforcement officers without incident and is currently behind bars. The shooting is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a hate crime and possible domestic terrorist attack. As of now, no charges have been filed.
— Máximo Alexander (@MaximoSPQR) August 3, 2019
Examining each horrendous mass shooting in recent decades, we have seen many similarities among the shooters and alleged Motus Operandi.
In most, if not all, of these mass shootings, investigations have revealed that the shooters were mentally unstable and prescribed psychotropic medications such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) for depression and/or anxiety, as well as antipsychotic medications.
Also, with each concurrent mass shooting incident, the shooters are often revealed to have some sort of white supremacist agenda, especially in recent years. The El Paso incident is certainly no exception.
In El Paso, TX where I met with Manuel Oliver. He lost his son Joaquin in the Parkland shooting and was visiting there to unveil a mural for Joaquin's birthday. Now he's comforting families dealing with his same grief. More tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/9x2knTtO6z
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) August 4, 2019
As of now, investigations have discovered that the primary suspect, Patrick Crusius, had posted a manifesto online regarding his extreme political stances on immigration in particular.
According to his manifesto, it seems he was targeting Hispanics. Authorities are still in the process of verifying whether he had indeed written the manifesto. It has been reported that the FBI was aware of the manifesto before the shooting took place.
The manifesto titled ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ appears to have many typos and spelling errors. It states, “America is rotting from the inside”. It seems, in the text, Hispanic immigrants, whether legal or not, were the primary focus of the author’s anger.
The manifesto also states, “All of my life I have been preparing for a future that does not exist”
The author of the manifesto cited information which says that in under two decades half of American jobs will be lost to immigrants, therefore it makes no sense, according to the writer, to keep letting more immigrants into the country.
This is Glen Oakley.
He was in the Foot Locker when the El Paso shooting happened. When he ran to leave, he saw kids in the mall without their parents, scared and alone.
So he picked up as many as he could and carried them to safety
KNOW HIS NAME!
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) August 3, 2019
The manifesto also refers to immigrants as invaders and claims they have one of the highest birth rates of all ethnicities. The writer also believes that America will have to implement a universal basic income in order to prevent widespread poverty and civil unrest due to the massive loss of jobs.
In one portion of the four pages of the manifesto, the author rants that “…the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
The shooter and alleged author of the manifesto was sure to make it clear that he did not want his actions blamed on US President Donald Trump and that his views on automation and immigraton, among other issues, predate the Trump Administration.
Apparently, Patrick Crusius was a supporter of the New Zealand Christchurch shooting back in March which is also considered an anti-immigration attack. He was sure to point out that Americans were not the target of his attack on the Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Crusius also wrote in the manifesto about his weapon of choice, calling the gun a WASR10. He wrote in detail about the fact that this was probably not the best choice of weapon for such an event since it is the civilian version of an AK47 and tends to overheat rather quickly when firing successive rounds. He said he would have to wear heat-resistant gloves for protection.
The manifesto ended with its author saying that he does not intend to allow himself to be captured and that he will likely end up dead after the shooting. He stated he did not want to be captured because he would surely face the death penalty and he did not want to live knowing his family would despise him for the act.
Investigators have discovered his social media pages including his Linkedin profile. At the time of this writing, not much else is known about him; much more will be revealed and reported as this tragedy unfolds.
Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote
Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.
80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.
Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 3, 2021
As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.
During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
BREAKING: The floor of the House of Representatives erupts in applause as Rep. Nancy Pelosi is reelected as speaker of the House for the 117th congress, with 216 votes. https://t.co/z1mlyK1BJN pic.twitter.com/6Wdt3N9ulD
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 3, 2021
Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.
She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.
When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.
Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.
Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.
The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.
Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.
According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.
FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii
The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.
Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.
Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.
Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.
“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.
They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.
“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”
About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.
She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.
“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.”
She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.
“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”
FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”
Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”
The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.
The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.
One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.
Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.
The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.
Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.
Police said that they don’t have any suspects.
On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”
In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.
During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.
McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”
McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.
According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.
Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,” an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”
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