We now know that he was steeped in multiple ultraright conspiracy theories.
When such an attack occurs, people search for an explanation in whatever information is available.
TORONTO-A speeding van plowing into a crowd of unsuspecting pedestrians is a scene you would expect in a Hollywood thriller, not in real life.
Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave., April 23, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.more +. Regardless of its connection to the attacks, the post's viral spread has had the effect of introducing the concept of "incel" to a wider audience.
In the past few days, we've learned some disturbing background about the Richmond Hill man - that he was considered odd and socially awkward and might have been the follower of a radical online community that raged with hatred against women. There are a surprising number of people attempting to justify the idea that if women were more open to having sex with these kinds of men, these sorts of tragedies wouldn't happen.
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"Frustration with relationships and lack thereof are pretty common human experiences. So the women who deny them that right are committing a heinous - and punishable - crime". "There may be some real pain there, but that pain results from a misplaced anger".
Here's a brief guide to the incel community, including some of the coded language, such as "Chads" and "Stacys", used by its members. "Nor [can I] restrict it to the nicer people who need it". Graham Gibson said at a news conference that those killed and injured were "predominantly" women, though he declined to discuss a possible motive. After the Toronto attack, Reddit banned yet another incel subreddit - not the first one it's shut down.
"Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please", the social media post said. A Facebook post on his page was found saying: "The incel rebellion has already begun". And victims of society in general, which promotes and embraces Chads and Stacys, leaving undesirable Incels to commiserate among themselves. I'm the flawless guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.
"It's a movement that idolizes mass killers and that has only slightly ironically heralded Elliot Rodger as its patron 'saint.'", writes Futrelle. In it, Minassian name-drops Elliot Rodger, who murdered six people in California in 2014, and references slang such as "incels" and "Chad and Stacey". He left behind an extensive digital history, including a lengthy manifesto and a YouTube video in which he vowed a "day of retribution" against the women who had sexually rejected him. "The more you know, the better human you become".
This, of course, is not representative of every frustrated male virgin or self-identified incel, but the toxic ideology is by no means uncommon, and the fantasy sentiments of murderous revenge have even proliferated mainstream websites. "Get down", the officer shouts repeatedly.
Lam, 42, was born and raised in Toronto, and has been an officer for seven years, starting in traffic services before switching to the Toronto Police Service's 32 Division because he wanted to interact with the public more, Yuen said.
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The man who drove a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people, was a socially troubled computer science graduate who briefly joined Canada's military a year ago and expressed hostility toward women on his Facebook account, according to details that emerged Tuesday.
"If you take guns out of the mix, Canada and the USA are identical", she said, citing statistics indicating the two countries have similar rates of non-firearm homicides.
"Online forums are another way of expressing that violence", says Kalwinder Sandhu, researcher in violence against women at Coventry University.
Newsflash: Women already fear men, with good reason.
Another admirer of Rodger was Nikolas Cruz, the social misfit who carried out the Parkland school massacre on Valentine's Day. It's him that Minassian promoted when he wrote, "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger" in the Facebook post. After the ban, many Incels moved over to Incels.me, where some members celebrated the attack.
"We're famous, mum I fucking did it!"
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