June 10, 2009
RIGHT-WING VIOLENCE.... In light of the shootings at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. this afternoon, allegedly committed by white supremacist James Von Brunn, Matt Yglesias noted, "I hope that everyone who mau-maued the Department of Homeland Security for expressing concern about this kind of thing feel appropriately ashamed of themselves."
It's hardly an unreasonable point. Two months ago, Richard Poplawski, a right-wing extremist, allegedly gunned down three police officers in Pittsburgh, in part because he feared the non-existent "Obama gun ban." A few weeks ago, Scott Roeder, another right-wing extremist, allegedly assassinated Dr. George Tiller in Kansas. A few hours ago, Von Brunn, another right-wing extremist, allegedly opened fire at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
There are other recent examples that bear similar characteristics. This story out of Tennessee from last year continues to haunt.
Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of Jim David Adkisson after he allegedly entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and killed two people and wounded six others during the presentation of a children's musical. [...]
White powder and swastikas mailed to Rep. Grijalva
Byron Williams set out to kill people at Tides Foundation and ACLU
AZ federal judge threatened, Grijalva office fired on after ruling on AZ immigration law. Politico reported in July:
Phoenix man indicted for alleged murder threats against Grijalva and his aides.
Man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray. Politico reported on April 6:
Members of right-wing militia group arrested for allegedly plotting overthrow of the U.S. government.
The list is very long