The two shooters draped the bodies of the slain cops with a "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag, lately favored by the Tea Party and right-wing militants.
June 9, 2014

As the details come out about the Las Vegas shooting, one thing becomes clear. Once again, we can credit Fox News for their role in spreading political hate and violence across the land. The conservative sites (Fox News, Washington Times) this morning are describing the shooters as meth tweakers who were into conspiracy theories, but why are they being so modest? They should take the credit for their fine work!

After all, who did such a stellar job turning a deadbeat rancher into an oppressed hero? Who turned the Bundy ranch into a magnet for right-wing whack jobs looking for a focus? Who spreads lies and anti-government propaganda 24/7? Why yes, that would be those nice folks over at Fox News:

The shooters were a married couple thought to be in their late 20s who were new to the Las Vegas Valley, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Police are looking into their links to the white supremacy movement and found swastika symbols during their initial investigation.

Residents of the Bruce Street apartment complex gathered outside the building to talk about the couple whose unit was being searched.

Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda.

Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn’t know the couple’s last names. She described them as “militant.” They talked about planning to kill police officers, “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right to kill.

Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.

They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.

“The man told Monroe he had been kicked off Cliven Bundy’s ranch 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas while people from throughout the U.S. gathered there in protest of a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy’s cattle.” Jessica Anderson, 27, said. She lived next door.

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Residents at an apartment complex where it appeared the two lived together said they had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.

The duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting, said Brandon Moore, a resident of the complex.

"They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine," Moore said.

It would have been helpful if someone had called the police, but hey, freedom!

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