Texas Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Gun to Synagogue Hostage-Taker

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The Facts

  • The DOJ have charged Henry 'Michael' Williams with illegally possessing a firearm. It is alleged to be the weapon sold to Malik Faisal Akram, subsequently used to hold four people hostage in a Texas synagogue earlier this month.

  • Williams was prohibited from dealings with firearms as he had previously been convicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Spin

Narrative A

The attack reflects a growing trend of anti-semitic violence and hatred. It is absurd and dangerous to claim otherwise.

Narrative B

Anti-semitic and anti-Muslim hate have both increased in recent years. However, the solidaric response to the events also demonstrates interfaith progress and offers hope for the future.

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