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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A gunman opened fire on a room where immigrants were taking a citizenship exam in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before committing suicide, officials said.
The gunman had recently been let go from IBM in Johnson City, said Rep. Maurice Hinchey, whose district includes Binghamton. The gunman opened fire on a citizenship class, he said.
“People were there in the process of being tested for their citizenship,” Hinchey said in a telephone interview. “It was in the middle of a test. He just went in and opened fire.”
The motive of the killer is as yet unclear. Also unclear is whether he did this alone or had the help of others inside the immigrant service center. NPR just reported on the possibility of the latter, and also that several people were brought out of the building in cuffs.
No matter what the killer thought he was doing, to my mind what he did was a simple enactment, if not in exact wording, certainly in spirit, of part of the GOP political platform, which I can boil down to four words: More guns; fewer immigrants.
To all the right wing radio blabbers, tv celebricons, and tea-bagging bloggers whose coy and not-so-coy incitements to violence prepares the ground for a slaughter just such as this, I say:
In the blood of the innocent you are marked with the mark of Cain. But the Bible lies; the mark of Cain is not on the forehead, it is on the heart.