I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
I wasn't aware that anything in this world happened in a vacuum. Yes, the shooter is ultimately responsible for his own actions. But unless you explore what set this person off, you'll never be able to prevent such an event in the future. We are all affected by the world around us. I think that the violence in our discourse certainly changes the perception of real violence is slightly more acceptable. Someone was pushed over the line. This is not to suggest that politics have ever been devoid of violence. Assassination, warfare, torture, coups... Violence has always been a primary method of achieving political goals. However, in this country, we have elections instead. I haven't been able to find a whole lot of information about the particular reasons, as stated by the shooter, for why this attack took place. I think that would be the most telling evidence.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.