JMO but I would like to see a decrease in all shootings and incidents of mass violence like this and others. The racial ideology is only part of the picture - if that's all we focus on we won't get anywhere.
I agree somewhat. (But wondered if you meant radical or racial?)
The ideology is important-- it can't be ignored or minimized, or said to be irrelevant. It's a "chicken/ egg" debate. Which came first?
1. The individual was primed for violence, and the radical ideology set the violence in motion?
2. The radical ideology promotes and encourages individual violence that wouldn't occur without the radical ideology?
The end result is the same-- paroxysmal violence. And it's a particularly thorny issue in this country when a political and radical ideology is also posing as a religion.
But these paroxysms of violence are not at all random
. Even mass violence as a result of mental illness is predictable, such as Adam Lanza and James Holmes.
We CAN be more alert and observant of radicalization as a force that produces violence, and we must make some hard decisions about how to intervene before masses of people are killed. It's essential that we do this. We know who the risky people are, and what the risky ideologies are. We have to be brave enough as a nation to confront this evil and put a stop to it, IMO. It won't be easy, and it will upset some people, but we have to stop pretending it's something else. Our lives and the very existence of our country depend on getting this right. We have to be on the right side of history on this one, just as we were in WWI and WWII.