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Any connection between "official" Washington's hatred's and violence with the hatred of those committing mass shootings?

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Considering the latest mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio it would seem appropriate to get past the usual coming from the left i.e. "too many guns on the streets", misreading of the 2nd Amendment, the NRA and the usual from the right, "guns don't kill, people do" and "we have the Constitutional right to bear arms". Maybe we need to consider a source if not the main source behind these mass shootings.

From here the principle source is hatred; hatred of others, immigrants, minorities, blacks, browns, Muslim's, Islam or the boss on the job, others in the workplace, a teacher, bullying by other students.

No one comes into the world hating. Hatred is learned.

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Let's consider the hatred spawned by "official" Washington. We have "enemies" that must be confronted. During the cold war it was Communism and Communists, Stalin and Mao, the Soviet Union and Red China. When the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, it took ten years then the "enemy" became al Qaeda, the face of Osama bin Laden, terrorism and terrorists, blaming 9/11 on them, then "Dubya" Bush proclaiming a "global war on terrorism", the invasion of Afghanistan where Osama was reportedly hold up.

Lately it's "official" Washington's hatred of Iran and its sectarian government, Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro, Nicaragua and its Sandinista President Daniel Ortega, Cuba for backing Maduro, North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Russia interfering in our elections, Trumps trade war with China.

These "enemies" of "official" Washington are constantly bashed at times by the president, the Congress, economic sanctions placed on them, then demonization of these 'enemies" reinforced by TV pundits, "expert" commentators, the hosts of political programs in our complicit, enabling corporate owned MSM.

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So from the pinnacle of power in America there are "enemies" and hatred of those "enemies". One could say hatred of enemies and combating them correctly describes "official" Washington's undeclared, yet actual policy in its dealings with the rest of the world.

"Official" Washington talks "we're a force for good" promoting "freedom of navigation", support for human rights and bringing "freedom and democracy" when in fact we promote the exact opposite of what we pronounce.

We promote instability, regime change, initiate coups and assassinations, unnecessary war and commit torture against any country that chooses an independent path and resists falling under US hegemony.

We're a violent country internationally. Why should it be any different domestically.

America was born of violence. Look at our past. Slavery, genocide of the indigenous people then placing the survivors on reservations (gulags), initiating a war against Mexico in 1848 then annexing what is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and part of Colorado.

So today in America we have mass shootings of innocents. Is this not the latest iteration of a nation born of violence?

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Is it a stretch to link the hatred's of murderers committing these domestic mass shootings with "official' Washington's hatred of its "enemies" and the violence it commits against them? Maybe.

Do we simply divorce the prevalence of these domestic mass shootings from the violence initiated by "official" Washington simply because the connection can't be shown statistically?

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The Dayton shooter was a Leftist who hated Elizabeth Warren. Not seen so far is any blame attached to Warren's divisive cultural politics. Only Trump is blamed. Easy to do, given Trump's pathology and absent intelligence.

Officially, there are 300 million guns in the United States, many of them untraceable pre-1968 when serial number registration was required. Unofficially, the number is probably closer to double that. Banning weapons in such epic numbers is impossible. Unenforceable.

What I utterly fail to understand is (1) unwillingness to license gun ownership (like driving a car) after a period of education, training and testing. That the mentally infirm must be barred from being anywhere near a weapon is self-evident. And (2) the lawful manufacture of weapons and accessories that mimic military requirements. Bullet proof vests! Silencers! Armor-piercing munitions! Tracers! Heavy-duty magazines that contain rounds in multiples of ten. Weaponry designed specifically, obviously, for war. Madness,sheer wittering madness.

I have no interest in guns of any sort, not anymore. Something I brought back with me from Vietnam. But I am a keen fan of anything my talented son-in-law shoots and brings home to eat. And I have a standing request for venison liver from a colleague who hunts deer every year.

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I think you meant to say Dayton shooter Connor Betts "liked" Elizabeth Warren.

Another oddity that is not being reported is that the El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius, mother is Hispanic American according to her mylife file:

https://www.mylife.com/lori-crusius/e78532957056

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I read the "manifesto" attributed to the El Paso shooter, and I believe he referred to official violence of the kind you're speaking of in a comparison of scale to what he planned. It's interesting to note that Madeline Albright in interviews justified the deaths of perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children in terms of part of advancing important US political goals. Of course most Americans seemed fine with that event, but the deaths of 20 people in El Paso seem different to them somehow.

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God Bless america for killing 500,000 people in Iraq! (sarcasm).

You are a nationalist MS NAN, but obviously Godless.

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I'm wondering what your comment has to do with the links that I provided?



For your information. I'm agnostic. I'm not Republican. I don't watch Fox News.

I also don't make assumptions about other people I don't know, because rarely do people fit exclusively into one box. I get my information from a variety of sources, not just those that support my preconceived notions. Then I form my opinion from there based on facts and logic firstly.


But I will say the Republicans don't have the upper hand on hateful, nasty, emotion driven, devoid of facts or logic, rhetoric. From what I'm seeing and reading the left takes the trophy for that.

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I don't know. I've read that the shooter had "leanings"

towards the far left. If that were the case, why would he

shoot immigrants? Who knows what the truth is anymore?

In any event, Trump still is a racist, arrogant, pure excuse for a human being. The scary part is the amount

of people that still support him.

The usual response I get from Trump supporters is:

"Well, he's improved the economy." It just goes to show

where their heart is. They care more about money/things

than people. Such a hypocrisy for the many self -proclaimed conservative Christians out there.

If Jesus were here today, he would say something like

this: " Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Democrats and Republicans, you will by no means enter

the kingdom of heaven."

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