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O'Doherty: Not the first TV shooter and hardly the last

Published 30/08/2015 | 02:30

American schism: Virginia state police spokesman Rick Garletts addresses the media about the TV shooting. Photo: AP
American schism: Virginia state police spokesman Rick Garletts addresses the media about the TV shooting. Photo: AP
Full steam ahead: Jeremy Corbyn

Picture the scene - an angry, heterosexual white dude gets fired from his job and stews in his humiliation for two years.

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Then, having finally decided to go out in a blaze of his own glory, he sends a manifesto calling for race war to ABC News before shooting two gay blacks on a live newscast.

A homophobic white bigot murdering homosexual black folk while calling for a race war would, in any rational world, be classed as a hate crime - if you believe hate crime laws are rational in the first place, of course.

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