Obama: ‘I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter’ in Dallas

Obama: ‘I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter’ in Dallas
The communities-whisperer. (Image: Screen grab of White House video via YouTube)

The shooter who … was interested in black-power groups and had black-nationalist stuff all over his Facebook page and who told cops during the standoff that he was upset at white people and wanted to kill some white cops as revenge for police shootings of black suspects?

Anyone want to help Harvard Law here tease out a motive?

Mr. Obama made the comment at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, where he also issued another call for gun control in the wake of the Dallas shootings.

“I think it’s very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter,” Mr. Obama said of the gunman, Micah X. Johnson. “By definition if you shoot people who pose no threat to you, you have a troubled mind.”

He covered his tracks a bit later in the presser by saying, “The demented individual who carried out those attacks in Dallas, he’s not more representative of all African-Americans than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans.” Right, but that doesn’t mean the Charleston shooter didn’t have a discrete motive despite his “troubled mind.” In fact, Obama was astute in describing it at the time:

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