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the Secret Service explores the growing concern about extremists with hatred towards womenThe Associated Press reports.
the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center delved into a specific topic mass shooting on a yoga class at Tallahassee, Florida in 2018 with the aim of investigating how disregard for women can radicalize men and murderous behavior – especially as misogynistic extremism has increased in recent years, especially on the Internet.
“Hate of women requires increased attention from everyone,” said Steve Driscoll, research specialist at the center. Many recent mass shooters had histories of violence against women, officials said.
When the shooter opened fire on Hot Yoga Tallahassee, he killed two women – Maura Binkleya 21-year senior year at Florida State University, and Nancy Van Vessema 61-year-old doctor – and injured six other people before killing himself.
The shooter in this case had no specific label, but he identified with the growing movement of men calling themselves anti-feminists, male supremacists Where incels — involuntary celibacy. He had a well-documented history of disturbing behavior and missed warning signs, investigators said.
A cursory look at his history shows would have just shown a man who “pursued higher education, served in the military, and held highly valued, trusted professional positions,” according to the study — he was a substitute teacher and Eagle Scout. .
But when viewed as a whole, its history of isolated incidents is alarming. He was arrested for groping women and banned from a college campus. He wrote violent songs about the torture of women and posted hateful videos online. He also idolized mass killers who targeted women.
His behavior “has at times caused concern among parents, siblings, friends, roommates, co-workers, workplace officials, school officials, students, law enforcement, the community online, neighbors and other community members,” according to the study. His parents slept with their door locked. He was banned from local bars because of his treatment of women. A few people reported his actions to the police.
But no one looked at the full picture – and on November 2, 2018, he walked into Hot Yoga Tallahassee with a Glock 9mm pistol in his bag.
The case study highlighted the importance of speaking up when someone’s behavior is concerning and the need for community responders to play a role in preventing violence.
“Time and time again, we see a tolerance for these objectively concerning behaviors,” said Dr. Lina Alathari, head of the National Threat Assessment Center. “The goal is to identify and assess the behavior and intervene. It’s not about prosecution or criminalization.
Alathari said this case study, which draws on publicly available documents and details, will be used to train communities on how to better spot warning signs and intervene before violence escalates. produce.
“What we can say is that early intervention is key,” Alathari said. “This clearly demonstrates that targeted violence prevention is a whole community approach.”