The Danforth gunman could have been both sick and evil: Robyn Urback
We may want a simple explanation for Faisal Hussain’s rampage, but it probably doesn’t exist
Here’s what we do know about the man who opened fire at strangers on the Danforth: he was a 29-year-old named Faisal Hussain. According to a statement from his family, which was written with the assistance of a community organizer, Hussain struggled with “severe mental health challenges,” including psychosis and depression, for which treatments were unsuccessful. A source told CBC News he was apprehended by authorities twice when he was under the age of 18 for issues related to mental health.
A source also told the Toronto Sun that investigators are looking at Hussain’s “‘support’ for a website that was seen as ‘pro-ISIL,'” as well as his reported stays in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Globe and Mail reported that on Sunday night on his way to the Danforth, Hussain, who was then carrying his gun, came across a neighbourhood resident named Jaspal Singh and said, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to shoot you.” ISIS claimed ownership of the attack two days later.
Choose only one of the above two paragraphs and you can surely cajole yourself into a singular conclusion: either Hussain was sick, acting out in response to delusions, or he was evil, sparing a brown-skinned neighbour on his way to “target citizens of coalition nations,” as ISIS stated in its claim of responsibility.
But it doesn’t have to be an either/or. As has been noted repeatedly by those who research terrorism and radicalization, part of the ISIS strategy is of small-scale attacks carried out by lone wolves — and those who are mentally unstable make for great recruits. That appeared to be the case with Martin Couture-Rouleau, who fatally mowed down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec in 2014, and with Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa that same year. – CBC News Opinion
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Anyone who murders someone is mentally ill. Mass murders are surely mentally ill. No sane person would do such a thing.
The problem with that is nobody will ever be held responsible for these kind of actions. They were mentally ill. Suffering from depression. Blah, blah, blah. Yet innocent people are dead. People who were simply walking down a Younge Street sidewalk. People sitting on restaurant patios enjoying an evening out with family and friends. Remember the guy who cut off the man’s head on a Greyhound bus back in 2008? Mentally ill. Not responsible. Now he is free. Meanwhile his victim is dead.
Someone needs to be held responsible. Someone. Someone needs to be punished. There is no excuse for murdering anyone. Not a one.
I’m tired of listening to all the struggled with “severe mental health challenges,” including psychosis and depression, for which treatments were unsuccessful bullshit. Its no excuse. It does not make things OK.
The man was evil and I hope he fries in hell, or whatever Islam’s equivalent of hell is.
update: related article