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Jacobin, August 2019
By Kurt Hackbarth

American gun manufacturers are responsible for arming the El Paso shooter. They’re also responsible for arming the bloody drug war that’s killing Mexicans by the thousands.

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, twenty-one-year-old Patrick Crusius drove nine hours across Texas from suburban Dallas to the western border city of El Paso. After warning that whites were being replaced by foreigners, a manifesto linked to his name on the far-right web forum 8-chan went on to state: “if we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can be more sustainable.” Echoing the Trumpian terminology already employed in several thousand reelection ads on Facebook, the manifesto’s author warned that his imminent attack was “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

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Photo above: Partially machined Sig Sauer P226 pistol frames (Flickr)