In fact, many of the most infa­mous vio­lent attacks have been acts com­mitted by indi­vid­uals, not by groups. Think the Okla­homa City bombing, the first World Trade Center attack, the under­wear bomber who was thwarted, and the count­less campus and school shoot­ings that have claimed the lives of many. All of these acts were plotted, planned and car­ried out by indi­vid­uals, not by well-​​funded, politi­cized groups.

Most hate crimes are per­pet­u­ated by young­sters who operate alone,” said Jack Levin, Ph.D., a pro­fessor at the Irving and Betty Brud­nick school of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in the doc­u­men­tary Puz­zles: When Hate Came to Town, which is now making its way through the country via screenings.

When 18-​​year-​​old Jacob Robida walked into a gay bar in New Bed­ford, Mass., with a gun and a hatchet, he acted alone. Sev­eral LGBT patrons were seri­ously injured by the vio­lent acts of an angry, homo­phobic, sorely mis­guided teenager, in addi­tion to the deaths of a police officer and a female com­panion, after which Robida took his own, young life.

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