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What Was the Texas Gunman’s Motive?

Posted on | September 2, 2019 | Comments Off on What Was the Texas Gunman’s Motive?

The man whose shooting rampage in Odessa, Texas, killed seven people had been fired from his job at a trucking company shortly before the spree that ended when he was shot by police. Seth Ator, 36, had a minor criminal record involving offenses committed when he was 19, but authorities were at a loss to explain what happened Saturday:

Ator was pulled over by Texas troopers in Midland on Saturday afternoon for failing to use his signal, police said. He then shot at them with what police described as an AR-type weapon and sped away. Driving on streets and the highway, he sprayed bullets randomly at residents and motorists, police said.
The man then hijacked a postal truck and ditched his gold Honda, shooting at people as he made his way into Odessa about 20 miles away. There, police confronted him in a movie theater parking lot and killed him in a shootout.

There is no “manifesto,” no “white supremacy,” no terrorist connection, just a Texas truck driver who got fired from his job. The “AR-type weapon” is the most popular rifle in America — there are an estimated 20 million such rifles owned by civilians in the United States. Any gun-control proposal to ban and confiscate these weapons would obviously be a non-starter, particularly in Texas: “Come and take it,” as they say.

But Democrats don’t care about obvious facts.



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