Thursday, June 11, 2009

Von Brunn Not O'Reilly's Problem

Crazy holocaust-museum shooter James von Brunn may have possibly, possibly, also considered shooting up the offices of The Weekly Standard.

...(FBI agents) told staffers that they had found the address of the magazine on a piece of paper associated with the shooter, James von Brunn, and asked whether the Standard had received any threats.

The magazine is about a mile north of the Holocaust Museum, and there's no other indication that von Brunn had targeted it. Von Brunn's published rants included attacks on "neocons," and the Standard has been at the heart of the neoconservative movement.

The suggestion that the Standard may have been a target complicates any view of the racist shooter in contemporary left-right terms. Von Brunn's white supremacist roots put him under the rubric of a "right-wing extremist," but the substance of his views -- which included everything from believing that President Bush may have been in on the September 11 attacks to denying that President Obama is an American citizen -- are too far on the fringe to fit into conventional political classification.
So for what it's worth, this blogger is willing to write off von Brunn as not motivated by right wing hate speech. Clearly he is a bipartisan maniac.

1 comment:

Publius said...

There is nothing "right-wing" about white supremacy. This guy hated Jews, Christians, Catholics, "neo-conservatives," the Weekly Standard, etc., etc., etc.

He was no "right-winger" as he hated most things connected TO the right-wing.

He is a psycho that deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest etent of the law.