There are an estimated 76.2 million white, non-Hispanic males between the ages of 18 and 65 in the U.S. Nine, or 0.000013%, of them committed a mass shooting in 2018.

Let’s look at the suspected motives of last year’s shooters. Nikolas Cruz was a Hispanic who wasn’t happy about being Hispanic, but he fits the mold otherwise. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, not so much: he doesn’t come across as an entitled white guy/wannabe white supremacist. He’s more the “upset-because-a-girl-I-like-just-dumped-on-me” type. 15-year-old Gabe Parker told police he was bored and just wanted to see what would happen when he opened fire at Marshall County High School. Timothy Smith was angry his girlfriend had ended their relationship and killed her and three other people at Ed’s Car Wash. Albert Wong, a military veteran of Asian descent, was a former patient at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville, California. Travis Reinking was determined to have severe schizophrenia and was committed to a mental health facility. He had a long history of very strange behavior even before he showed up naked at the Waffle House. Jarrod Ramos was angry at the Capital Gazette because of an article that appeared in the paper. Snochia Moseley, a black female, definitely doesn’t make the neo-Nazi cut. Ian Long had a number of issues which may have been connected to PTSD, but he doesn’t fit Ochoa’s pattern, either. The last mass shooting incident, at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, involved a Hispanic killer upset about being dumped by his fiancee.

Of course, Robert Bowers rings all the bells. The Tree of Life Synagogue killer was way beyond your standard alt-right personality.

So out of all the people who committed mass shootings in 2018, we’ve got one white guy and an unhappy Hispanic bent on bringing white supremacy to the nation.

So now we’re down to 0.0000013% of white, non-Hispanic males who fit Ochoa’s mold. Or 0.00002% if we add a half for Cruz.

So it’s a bit hard to read Mr. Ochoa’s last paragraph without laughing out loud. He has to comb through how many years to come up with his “burden that weighs heavily on his back?”

Next time, Mr. Ochoa, think before you write. Do a bit of research; Google can be your friend, too. After all, ignorance can be a much heavier burden than the fantasy boogeyman you have conjured up.

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