When I first began to read online about the murder of Chris Lane in Oklahoma, I stumbled swiftly into a bit of Facebook footage: The alleged murderers was glaring into a camera brandishing a rifle. As he spouted profanities, he glibly flashed what I assumed were gang signs. At once I was reminded of both the real-life slayings of gangsta rap stars by gang members and videos posted online by jihadists around the world, likewise brandishing weapons and shouting death to the Infidel, namely us. Who did the boy think he was emulating?
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