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  • James T. Hodgkinson showed all the signs before he shot Rep. Steve Scalise

    USA Today - 06/15/2017

    Despite the uniqueness of the location and individuals injured, there is much about the ballfield shooting that is absolutely textbook. Most obvious is the lack of randomness. Mass shootings, with or without fatalities, are rarely indiscriminate in terms of victim selection. Although the assailant, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, IL, wasn’t gunning for specific people, he clearly sought to harm a specific group of people: Republican lawmakers whom he felt were destroying American society, favoring the rich over average folks like him. As is typical, his was a planned attack against a perceived enemy, an attempt to “win one for the little guy.”

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