A Brief History
On October 31, 2017, an Uzbek immigrant to the United States deliberately drove a rented truck into a New York City bicycle and jogging path, killing eight people and injuring another 11 in a terrorist mass killing that proves bad people do not need guns to commit terrible crimes.
Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov was apparently a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and intended his actions as a terrorist event. After leaving the truck, he brandished a paintball gun and a pellet gun and was shot and wounded by the police. Saipov later agreed to plead guilty to the murders to avoid a death sentence, though his case is still pending.
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For more information, please see…
Davidson, Sam. ISIL: The Rise of a Cult State. Kindle, 2019.
Duwe, Grant. Mass Murder in the United States: A History. McFarland & Company, 2007.
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