Jun 10 2014

In Light of Vegas Shootings, An Examination of the Second Amendment

A shooting this weekend in Las Vegas that led to 3 deaths, has been linked to a couple with white supremacist, racist views. The couple, a husband-and-wife team named Jerad and Amanda Miller, shot and killed two police officers at a Vegas pizzeria, and a bystander at a Walmart store where they fled. They reportedly shouted the words, “This is a revolution,” before shooting the officers.

Press reports reveal that the man and woman stripped the shot officers of their weapons and badges before covering them with fabric that read “Don’t Tread on Me,” a civil war era slogan now popular with the right wing extremist, Tea Party elements of the Republican Party. The shooters killed themselves before police could capture them.

An examination of their online social history reveals that they were fans of the NRA, Rand Paul, and Ron Paul, the climate denialist Heritage Foundation, and Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher. According to Mother Jones magazine, “On her YouTube page, Amanda Miller liked videos called, ‘Shooting Cops,’ ‘Citizens Can Shoot Police,’ and ‘When Is It Okay To Shoot a Cop.'”

GUEST: Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, and author of “The Second Amendment: A Biography.”

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