Plymouth shooting 'an awful tragedy' says Pollard
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Jake Davison, 22, killed five people, including a three-year-old, in a horrific six-minute shooting spree in Plymouth just after 6pm on Thursday. The killer then took his own life. Videos have since emerged of Mr Davison expressing his extreme views online, making no secret of his dangerous hatred towards women and links to the violent Incel movement.
Incel is a misogynistic online movement of men who blame women for their sexual failings.
Incels have been associated with several violent attacks around the world.
The movement has been associated with at least six mass shootings across the US, such as the deadly rampage by Elliot Rodger in 2014.
Critics have questioned why Mr Davison wasn’t on a UK Government watchlist after numerous videos emerged of him voicing his extreme misogynic views and referencing the Incel movement.
Former Chief Prosecutor for North West England, Nazir Afzal, told BBC Breakfast: “Yes, absolutely [he should have been on a watchlist].
“Particularly given that he had a firearms licence, and given that we now know in December it was taken off him temporarily because of some allegations he was facing, and then returned to him.
“He’s exactly the type of person that you would be keeping an eye on.
“We’ve now seen his posts on various social media websites, which paints a picture of somebody that has a very low opinion – or had a very low opinion – of women.
“He seemed to have a belief that he was entitled to do whatever he wanted to do – a real expectation that women were some lesser being.
“That type of extreme misogyny, the kind that we’ve seen here, and in terms of the incel community generally, is a threat to all women, and ultimately to all of the community.”
What is the incel movement?
The incel movement is relatively small in the UK but worryingly its numbers are on the rise.
This violent movement, which expresses an extreme set of ideologies and an obsession with high school shootings, is of increasing concern to British police.
The ‘involuntarily celibate’ online group is made up of men who express extreme resentment for women and those who are sexually active.
Matthew McGregor, a spokesperson for HOPE not hate, told Channel 4 News: “The Incel ideology is really dangerous. It is a shared hatred of women that brings men together online mainly, but very often takes them offline and brings them to abuse, harassment and violence.”
Incel first rose to attention when student Elliot Rodger killed six students at the University of California before killing himself.
Mr Rodger made a 137-page disturbing “manifesto” outlining extreme hatred towards women.
The Incel movement appears to support this as well as the YouTube video Mr Rodger made revealing why he carried out the attack.
In this video, he claimed he couldn’t get a girlfriend which made him despise those who were in relationships.
Mr Davison said he did not “clarify” himself as an “incel” but he spoke in his videos about “people similar to me have had nothing but themselves”.
Source: Read Full Article