Fredericton: Why did an Islamophobic extremist have a gun?

On Friday August 10, Matthew Vincent Raymond a 58 year old from Fredericton, New Brunswick killed four people, including two police officers with a long rifle. As of this writing, no motive has been formally acknowledged by the police, though several reports have suggested that the precipitating incident was domestic in nature. It has been reported by people who knew him that Raymond had a great affinity for cycling and military video games. He was also known locally for expressing extremist political views and had been banned from local businesses for his outspoken anti-Muslim tirades.

This is more than just the case of radicalization to violence — it’s preparation for it.

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