Law enforcement ranks domestic terrorism on par with foreign attacks, Ohio governor calls for gun reform, and other headlines


In a statement responding to last weekend's back-to-back deadly mass shootings — one of which happened at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas — President Donald Trump condemned white supremacy, bigotry, and racism. He also stopped short of calling for gun control and pointed to mental illness and violent video games as a potential cause of the violence. 


click to enlarge A white nationalist carries a Nazi flag during a protest in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. - EDU BAYER/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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A white nationalist carries a Nazi flag during a protest in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017.
Domestic terrorism
Federal law enforcement officials now consider domestic terrorism from white supremacists as big a threat as attacks from Islamic extremists, the historical focus of American anti-terrorism efforts. But the federal government's anti-terrorism apparatus wasn't designed to go after white supremacists. (New York Times)

Common traits of hate
Experts see "stunning" parallels between the rise in recent white supremacist attacks and strategies employed by the now largely eradicated Islamic State. (New York Times)

Legal weapons
During the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, the perpetrators both used military-style rifles with large capacity magazines. In both states, such weapons are legal. (New York Times)

Platform for extremism
8chan, an anonymous internet message board frequented by white supremacists where a racist anti-immigrant manifesto from El Paso shooter was posted, has struggled to stay online with various web service providers dropping their business. But various challenges remain to eliminating it as an online hotbed for right-wing extremism. (Politico)

Attempts at reform
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is calling for a "red flag law" to limit gun access for people with mental illness in the aftermath of the Dayton shooting. (New York Times)

School surveillance
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office could potentially be able to access live feed cameras in Spokane schools during emergency situations, such as school shootings. (Spokesman-Review)

Crunching numbers
Spokane Public Schools is grappling with how to spend roughly $3.6 million amidst a slew of priorities, including reversing recent staff cuts and reducing class sizes. (Spokesman-Review)

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As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.