Latest Mass Shootings Underscore Growing Threat of Home-Grown Terrorism

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A woman places flowers beside a makeshift memorial outside the Cielo Vista Mall Wal-Mart where a shooting left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas on August 4, 2019. Hours later in Dayton, Ohio, another mass shooting left 9 dead. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The mass shooting at Wal-Mart in El Paso Saturday morning took the lives of 21 people, leaving 26 injured. That horrific attack came less than a week after the massacre at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and was followed less than 24 hours later by a shooting at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. While the motives in the Gilroy and Dayton attacks are still unknown, El Paso appears to be part of a wave of violence perpetrated by right-wing extremists and fostered online. The alleged killer apparently posted a manifesto on a far-right website that embraced anti-immigrant and white-nationalist ideology. Some commentators are also blaming inflammatory rhetoric, including from the president himself. In this hour, we’ll look at mass shootings and domestic terrorism, and the rise of far-right extremist plots.


William Braniff, director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism; professor, University of Maryland

April Glaser, technology writer, Slate

Vegas Tenold, journalist; author, "Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America"

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation