Opinion: The mass shootings have a lot in common with another American horror
As with the perpetrators of the Sam Hose lynching more than a century ago, the alleged Buffalo gunman wanted his heinous act to be seen by others who shared his white nationalist views, even if no modern-day racist bystander goes to lynchings on packed train cars.
She added: “Ultimately, we are all part of one Internet, and we now know that content or behavior will rarely, if ever, remain contained on one platform.”
A striking phenomenon is that so many of the perpetrators of recent mass shootings are young people. The shooter’s youth – he was only 18 – was likely a factor in his receptivity to the unsavory ideas he so readily embraced.
It is a sad statement on the tragedy of spiraling gun violence in America that the shooting in Buffalo has already been supplanted in public attention by the horrific massacre in Texas.
America has failed to find a way to stem the carnage associated with the proliferation of powerful automatic firearms of the type used in the two mass shootings, which occurred a week and a half apart .
These were the motives for lynchings after the Reconstruction, and they remain the motives today. More than 120 years after the murder of Sam Hose, Buffalo is making it clear that the violent race war for the soul of our nation continues.