Searching for Motives in Mass Shootings

If the shooter had mentioned isis, the motive would be deemed political; if he were nonwhite, it would be racial. If he were white and hadn’t mentioned isis, there might be a domestic or family-related motive, or mental illness, or a bizarre, mysterious lack of motive. Each motive would, in effect, limit the number of people whose problem the killing was.

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