Washington Post

Weekend of mass killing reflects how American violence goes viral

A man touches a statue after Sunday services at the Santo Nino de Atocha church in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. The sermon asked the congregation to think of those who are suffering in the wake of the shooting here and in Dayton, Ohio, that has left at least 29 dead. Foto: Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez

In El Paso, Dayton and Chicago, a weekend of horrific gun violence seemed on the surface to be another spasm of disconnected mayhem, people taking the lives of others almost at random. But on closer examination, the attacks served to illustrate how America's lone wolf shooters aren't really alone.

Whether the proximate cause was political or personal, whether it grew out of ideological indoctrination, mental illness or some toxic blend of factors that left shooters isolated and damaged, each attack demonstrated a troubling disorder festering in modern America...

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