Buffalo shooter chose New York because of their gun-control laws, also says he’s on the authoritarian left…

The racist shooter in Buffalo who left 10 dead in a grocery store this weekend wrote a manifesto before the shooting.

In the manifesto he reveals that he chose his own state of New York, in part, because of their restrictive gun laws (via Tom Elliott):

Obviously the shooter, who I am not naming, is a racist and he readily admits it:

In terms of his own political ideology, which he’s clearly thought long and hard about, the shooter says he wants nothing to do with conservatism. Rather, he says he thinks of himself more as a socialist/authoritarian leftist:

The shooter claims he became racist during the 2020 pandemic while learning the ‘truth’ from 4chan about how the ‘white race is dying out’:

He also claims to be a lone wolf, saying he belongs to no group and this is all his doing.

It turns out last year that he underwent a mental evaluation after threatening a shooting at his own high school:

The white gunman accused of committing a racist massacre at a Buffalo supermarket made threating comments that brought police to his high school last spring, but he was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital, officials said.

Law enforcement officials revealed Sunday that New York State Police troopers had been called to [THE SHOOTER]’s high school last June, for a report that [THE SHOOTER], then 17, had made threatening statements.

[THE SHOOTER] threatened to carry out a shooting at Susquehanna Valley High School, in Conklin, New York, around the time of graduation, a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity said. The official was not authorized to speak publicly on the investigation.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said [THE SHOOTER] had no further contact with law enforcement after a mental health evaluation that put him in a hospital for a day and a half.

“Nobody called in,” he said. “Nobody called any complaints,” Gramaglia said. The threat was “general” in nature, he said, and not related to race.

New York is one of several states that have enacted “red flag” laws in recent years that were intended to try and prevent mass shootings committed by people who show warning signs that they might be a threat to themselves or others.

Those laws allow law enforcement officers, a person’s family, or in some cases, medical professionals or school officials to petition courts to temporarily seize a troubled person’s firearms, or prevent them from buying guns.

Federal law bars people from owning a gun if a judge has determined they have a “mental defect” or they have been forced into a mental institution — but an evaluation alone would not trigger the prohibition.

It is unclear whether officials could have invoked “red flag” legislation after the incident at Susquehanna Valley High School. Police and prosecutors wouldn’t provide details on the incident, or say when [THE SHOOTER] had purchased the weapons used in the assault.

New York even had authoritarian ‘red flag’ laws and still couldn’t stop their own shooter from carrying out a massacre.

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