The latest mass murder in Boulder rebuts a number of the nostrums of the day, rather than affirms them.
First, the gunman appears to be a jihadist, not a white supremacist. While the shooter, Ahmad al-Issa, had reportedly been identified by the FBI as a potential threat, sadly he didn’t fit the profile of the purported “domestic terrorists” and “violent extremists” with whom the bureau is evidently preoccupied, namely Caucasian Trump-supporters.
If, as some insist, the shooting was racially motivated, it doesn’t jive with the dominant narrative of the moment, either. While likely simply a product of jihadism, if racism prompted the murder of ten white victims presumably it’s been encouraged by incessant denunciations of whites and their so-called “privilege.”
Equally counterfactual is the idea that disarming law-abiding citizens would prevent such criminal conduct. It won’t and we must not.
This is Frank Gaffney.