Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nice People

TPM has the background on the lovely couple who killed two police officers, draped their bodies in the flag favored by the Tea Party, then shot up a Walmart in Las Vegas last weekend.

While neighbors had already pegged the couple as supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been facing off with the federal government in recent months, a review of what appears to be Jerad Miller’s Facebook page reveals someone who has long harbored extreme anti-government views and saw the Bundy Ranch standoff as a possible start to a revolution.

The page is attributed to Jerad Miller, with the same unusual spelling of the Vegas shooter’s first name and who is listed as married to an Amanda Miller from Las Vegas. Going back to 2012, it is almost entirely filled with violent rhetoric based around a strong Second Amendment advocacy and extreme opposition to the federal government.

“The dawn of a new day,” Miller posted on June 7, the day before the shootings. “May all of our coming sacrifices be worth it.”

Apparently they were kicked out of the Bundy ranch love-in not because of their extreme views but because Mr. Miller was a convicted felon having to do with marijuana, and the Bundy people do have their standards.

It would be unfair to say that just because the Millers used the Gadsden flag as a fetish for the dead police officer that all Tea Partiers are like them.  Except the Tea Party does seem to attract people like the Millers.

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