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What all mass shootings have in common

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Another day in America, another flurry of bullets, another massacre.

Sometimes, the gunman opens fire at Walmart, apparently because he believes America is being invaded by Mexicans, who must therefore die, as in El Paso on Saturday (22 dead; more than two dozen injured).

Occasionally, he shoots up a former workplace after resigning for murky “personal reasons,” as in Virginia Beach on May 31 (12 dead; four injured).

At other times, as in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018, according to police, the killer takes aim at Jews whom he hates for allegedly plotting to resettle the U.S. with refugees (11 dead; six injured).

Or a shooter will barge into the offices of a newspaper against which he has a grievance, and start mowing people down, as occurred at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis on June 28, 2018 (five killed; two injured).

It is not unheard of for someone angry over a domestic quarrel to invade a church and begin shooting indiscriminately, as on Nov. 5, 2017, at Sutherland Springs, Tex. (26 dead; 20 injured).

Once in a while, someone will point a weapon out of an upper-floor hotel window and, for no particular reason at all, rain 1,100 rounds on people attending a country-music concert, which is what happened in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017 (58 dead; 851 injured).

Then there’s the shooter, “fueled by rage against Republican legislators,”........

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