At at little before 10AM, Saturday, Robert Bowers shoved open an unlocked door to the Tree of Life Synagogue, screaming anti-Semitic slurs and shooting a Colt AR-25 rifle and three Glock .357 pistols.
In less than half an hour, 11 were dead and 6 injured in “the darkest day of Pittsburgh’s history,” according to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
The 46-year-old gunman has a history of making anti-Semitic statements online, and during the shooting yelled about needing to kill Jews.
Saturday’s tragedy is the 294th mass shooting in the U.S. this year.
In President Trump’s statement following the shooting, he suggested that the synagogue should have had armed guards.
Mayor Peduto disagreed. “The approach we need to be looking at is how we take the guns — the common denominator of every mass shooting in America — out of the hands of those looking to express hatred through murder.”
Read more here from the Washington Post.
Another mass shooting, and we’ve returned to familiar talking points: gun control, background checks, assault rifle bans. We’re tossing around the roll of inflammatory rhetoric, social media, the far right, and “othering” minority groups. Now, we’re also talking about anti-Semitism.
Geek out on some perspectives and trends on anti-Semitism from the Anti-Defamation League.