- Jul 2007
- So. Md.
His motivation was misogyny.
HullabalooBut the El Paso massacre by a white supremacist wasn't the only deadly violence on that awful weekend in America. In Dayton, Ohio, a 24-year-old man killed nine people in another mass shooting, and his motivation is murkier. Apparently, the accused shooter's social media accounts showed that he identified with progressive politics, expressing admiration for Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. But that may be less important than the apparent fact that he also had a fetish for guns and held crude and violent misogynistic beliefs. Although law enforcement officials have drawn no public conclusions about the shooter's motive, ABC News reported on Sunday that they believed the shooter had "demonstrated a misogyny that was far more extreme than any of his political leanings."
"Extreme" doesn't really cover it. This man had been expelled from school for writing a "rape list" and was reportedly a singer in a "pornogrind" band — a tiny heavy metal subculture that celebrates extreme violence against women. (Although this musical genre is intentionally disgusting, it's been around for years and has not previously been implicated in any acts of violence.) It appears the authorities believe the shooter's motives weren't explicitly political but rather tied somehow to his hatred of women.