Mass Casualty Attacks Have Unclear Motivations?!

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( – There has been a known influx in large casualty violent acts of murder and we’ve seen them all across the country. According to the Department of Homeland Security, they have been looking into the potential reasons for these violent acts and what kind of motives these criminals could have.

However, the Department of Homeland Security stated that they were having trouble finding motives behind many of these violent acts. On January 10 an analysis that was distributed to law enforcement explored problems posed by criminals who “espoused and engaged with an array of narratives,” often online, “likely fueling their mobilization to violence.”

Police officers originally had an idea of what could be behind many of the violent acts performed by these people, but many people don’t fit in this box and it’s throwing law enforcement off.

The Bulletin said, “Since 2018, we have observed mass casualty attacks in which the perpetrators held multiple grievances, challenging our ability to identify a primary motive.”

The Department of Homeland Security recently looked into attacks that killed a total of 47 people and wounded 130 more, and they concluded that the “recent attackers influenced by mixed factors complicate target identification for law enforcement.”

An investigator’s ability to understand the potential motive or reasoning as to why someone commits a crime is a huge piece to solving or preventing future violent acts, but with mass casualty attacks increasing, there have been a lot of outside-the-box attackers.

John Cohen, a former senior official in the DHS said, “We can no longer afford to look at emerging threats the same way we looked at them 10 years ago.”

With this being said, there have been multiple connections linking these types of attacks. For example, the DHS said that they “all had personal connections to their targets and exhibited a fascination with violence, judging from their digital footprint and engagement with violent content.” They also “held homicidal and suicidal ideations, including ‘suicide by cop’ and suicide following committing a mass casualty attack.”

John Cohen also said that these people don’t fit in as regular terrorists and so, “when you’re evaluating them, trying to pin the issue on one single piece of ideology as the motive is not going to allow you to assess this person’s risk correctly.”

An analysis recently explored and evaluated these violent crimes and their link to the content that’s being shared online. They spoke about mass shootings, suicides, and more serving as “inspiration” for these attackers.

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