An 88-year-old Maryland man with a long history of ties to white supremacist groups is the suspect in Wednesday's fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
James W. von Brunn served six years in prison for trying to make what he called a "legal, non-violent citizens arrest" of Federal Reserve Board members in 1981 -- a prison term he blamed on "a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys" and "a Jew judge," he said on his Web site, Holy Western Empire.
Von Brunn is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1943 graduate of Washington University there. According to his online biography, he served as a Navy officer in World War II and became an advertising artist and executive after the war.But by the late 1970s, he had become a "hard-core neo-Nazi" and an associate of William Pierce -- the white supremacist leader whose 1978 book, "The Turner Diaries," is blamed for inspiring Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
I read about the shooting last night online, but this morning while having my coffee at 6:00 a.m., I heard it on the Italian radio news. I can only imagine the Italians just shake their heads in wonder at America, its guns and its violence. What kind of civilized country would put up with that? The answer is obvious, no civilized country, only the good old US of A.
The man was a convicted felon and an ex-con. Does that mean he wouldn't legally have been able to own a shotgun? If so, what can be done about these disobedient criminals who just won't get in line?
Here's my answer. We stop flooding the marketplace with weapons to the saturation point. We diminish the number of guns to the point that every homicidal maniac who wants a gun, just can't get one. Is that going to inconvenience the law abiding? You betcha. But I'm afraid that's just the price we're going to eventually have to pay for freedom.
Yes, I actually said "freedom." I reject all this nonsense about freedom being the ability to arm oneself. I reject it outright. The folks who feel they need to arm themselves are not free, as far as I can see. Real freedom would be a state in which there's such a diminishment of weapons in the public hands that it's once again safe to go outside. That would be freedom.
What's your opinion?