Christmas Eve?

TPM’s Nick R. Martin:

Longtime white supremacist and border vigilante JT Ready saw himself as part of a war that few others would fight. He amassed weapons. He donned a uniform. He formed his own brigade of volunteers to walk alongside him as he hunted what he described as “narco terrorists” flowing across the Arizona-Mexico border.

On Wednesday, reports out of Arizona said Ready died, not at the hands of drug runners, but with his own gun during a mad rampage inside a suburban home just east of Phoenix. Along the way, the reports said, he took the lives of four other people, including a toddler.

The Arizona Republic reported the victims were Ready’s girlfriend, her daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and the daughter’s 18-month-old baby. Ready still somehow managed to use the event to blame immigrants even after his death. A posting on his Facebook page appeared hours after the massacre took place.

(Link to Ready’s Facebook page removed. Some things are just too grotesque to link to. If you want to see it… I don’t… the original article has the link.)

To Nutcase Rightwing Asswipe members, it’s just another day; it’s part of what guns are for.

To those of us concerned with the ease of obtaining high-capacity automatic firearms, concealed-carry permits without a serious background check, a waiting period and at least a cursory psychological stability exam by a professional shrink, we’re like kids on Christmas Eve who just learned that there’s no sanity clause.

Sorry; I couldn’t help myself.

I am honestly glad this guy is gone and that it was done by his own hand. I regret terribly, grieving for the innocent dead, that four other people including a toddler had to perish along with him. Surely there must have been some way in law of preventing this tragedy without infringing on legitimate… by which I mean sane… gun owners’ rights. Being certifiably psycho should be a legal disqualification for gun ownership. No other constitutionally protected right Americans enjoy is unregulated in law; firearm ownership should be regulated along with the rest of our rights.

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  • Shaun Downey  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Not sorry he’s gone He sounded like a real scumbag. That said it revolts me that the bastard took innocents with him

    • Steve  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Shaun, this guy was known by name at least as far away as Texas; he had a bit of a history. The problem is that he is truly a sign of our times: mostly since Obama became president, the quasi-military hate groups, always a presence in the US (mostly in the Deep South and the West, but by no means exclusively so), have grown overwhelmingly in number and size, not to mention mission. It’s as if racism against Mr. Obama was somehow allowed to trigger the violent instincts of all the gun nuts in the country. Southern Poverty Law Center, the group most identified with suing hate groups out of existence, is finding itself overwhelmed in its attempts to keep up with the growth… maps marking locations of hate groups that used to have a few dozen red dots on them are now almost solid red. I do not know what will put a stop to this, but I would not be surprised if it ends badly.

  • NTodd Pritsky  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    It’s shocking that a raging gun nut would kill his family, other innocents, and then himself. It’s shocking that this is only the 2nd instance this week. I’m a little disappointed, however, didn’t build a cool fort in the woods like the Washington guy…

    • Steve  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      NTodd, I did not know about the other instance, but it does not surprise me. I am “shocked” in the sense of “offended,” but hardly surprised. Remember, the city I live in was once the murder capital of Texas, and that was before the state Lege passed a concealed carry law.

      FWIW, Texas is the ultimate extreme among states that (as Blackmun put it) “tinker with the machinery of death.” Such states have always had higher violent crime rates than states without the death penalty. (Look it up.) When I was a child walking with my father to a corner store to get ice cream, Dad kept his pocket knife open in his hand but concealed; I grew up understanding that death by violent crime was a real possibility. The death penalty has no deterrence value. And vigilantes like JT Ready do nothing to make that less likely, either; on the contrary…

      Also FWIW… I do not own a gun. The only use a city-dweller has for a gun is to kill people, and I have no intention of doing that.

  • MandT  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    The NRA is a clear and present danger to America.

    • Steve  On Thursday May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      They have changed over the decades, MandT. Remember the NRA of, say, Michael Moore’s personal experience. In earlier times, it was good to have an organization that taught people what they really needed to know about guns. Those days are long past: it’s not that the need has disappeared, but that the NRA chooses not to fill it, turning instead to unapologetic right-wing politics and legislative bullying for its (relatively) new agenda. You are absolutely right: their efforts must be counterbalanced… as I suspect city-dwellers understand better than other people.

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