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The Lessons of the Holocaust Museum Shooting

with 5 comments

A few months ago the Department of Homeland Security published a hateful and erroneous report claiming that there was rising danger from right wing extremists.   Now, because we have had a white supremacist shoot two girls in Massachusetts, a conservative in Pittsburgh killing cops, a doctor murdered, and now this attack on the Holocaust Museum some people are starting to believe this report.   However, this is an overly simplistic reading of the situation.

Was James Von Brunn (The Holocaust Museum shooter) even a conservative? Andrew Breitbart of The Drudge Report and the Big Hollywood website doesn’t think so.  He said, “This guy was after neo cons like me who are conservative…This guy’s a multiculturalist just like the black studies and lesbian studies majors on college campuses.”  This is an interesting theory.  I am not sure if Von Brunn was part of a growing tide of neo-nazi on college campuses to study blacks and lesbians, but it is certainly possible.   While a note was found in Von Brunn’s car saying “You want my weapons this is how you’ll get them” and “Obama is a puppet of the Jews”, Breitbart points out he was a 9/11 truther who believed that 9/11 was a government conspiracy just like some people on the extreme left so you can hardly call him a conservative.

What set him off? Conservative babe Debbie Schlussel has a theory.   She points out that “Mr. Von Brunn has been on this planet for 89 years, and he didn’t feel comfortable shooting up a Holocaust museum until now–this new era of “tolerance,” in which we must tolerate the most extremist Muslim behaviors and sentiments.”  True, he felt comfortable arming himself to the teeth and storming the Federal Reserve in the 1981 in an attempt to kidnap the members.  However, the point remains.   Nazis didn’t start targeting Jews until after Muslims did.

What bothers me is that Rush Limbaugh saw this happening.     He warned us only a few short days ago to forget about the Holocaust because it happened a long time ago.  If they hadn’t built a museum to study it, this crime never would have happened.  If only we had heeded his wise warning.

Kathleen Shaidle points out that Von Brunn was hardly a mainstream Republican, “For example, von Brunn frequented Ron Paul discussion forums, where reasoned discourse is thin on the ground. It’s true that Mr. Paul was allowed a podium at the most recent GOP Presidential debate; however, let’s recall that Al Sharpton was granted a similar platform at the Democratic counterpart, within living memory.” If we accept that Von Brunn is a Republican, than we must also assume that all Al Sharpton followers who go on criminal rampages are mainstream Democrats.

Of course as Michelle Malkin points out, maybe Von Brunn wasn’t really a conservative or a liberal.   Maybe he was an equal opportunity hater.   Maybe the problem in all these cases isn’t political belief, but that whack jobs have access to guns very readily in this society.   Maybe an 89 year old who couldn’t even open a museum door without help would have been far less dangerous with a knife.  Perhaps, we can agree as a civilized society that speech, even occassional hate speech, is just talk and that readily available guns are the root cause?   Sorry, but I just don’t buy it.   The second amendment says we have the right to bear arms.


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  1. Next time you cite my blog, Nate (which I hope will be soon), I want to be called “liberal babe Lola”. Please remember.


    June 11, 2009 at 9:40 pm

  2. since when is this concerned a “conservative babe”?


    June 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  3. is this what passes for a conservative babe nowadays? : YIKES!


    June 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

  4. lolwut – Have you seen her picture on her blog? It’s sizzling. Anybody can take a bad picture.

    Lola – I’ll remember that :). If only I spoke Spanish I’d do it more.


    June 12, 2009 at 5:15 am

  5. Nate, for a conservative you’re pretty smart. Although I do think that hate speech should be relegated to the margins and at the moment it seems to be awfully mainstream.


    June 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

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