Never underestimate the power of right-wing eliminationist talk, especially when the hearer is already angry at government authorities and has lost custody of his only child.
James Boulware was an extremely angry man, as evidenced by postings on social media. Not only was he angry about his child custody problems, he was what we might term a "hater" on social media. We've all seen them. They're the ones who show up in the comments calling President Obama a commie, or just making generally paranoid arguments about goverment, with Ron Paul's flavor of paranoia tossed in for good measure.
Here's a posting he left on Facebook for the judge who decided his custody case.
He also had a Disqus account which was created in early May as well, which appears to have been created to attack one other commenter, for the most part.
Sraysr, I see that you have no life and sit at your computer jacking off all day. Do you enjoy receiving your socialist welfare check and living out of your trailer house. YOUR BLOOD SUCKING LEACH!!!
And the themes of "government control" play in here too:
Texas is a horrible place to live!!! Too much government control!!! The C.P.S.S. (Also known as the Hitler youth Program) steals peoples kids with impunity. Jobs are scarce!!! The police and the F.B.I. are all part of the mafia!!! So if you want my advise, STAY AWAY!!!
His mother claims mental illness as the cause of his problems and ultimate demise, but I'm less than convinced, given that court documents indicate no medication or treatment of those, and he was able to complete the Court's requirements to have the charges dropped for his terrorist threats against churches and schools.
It sounds more to me like the product of a never-ending drumbeat of right-wing brainwashing combined with an angry man who didn't know how to keep his hands off of people.
James Boulware is exactly the kind of man we all worry about when we think about that one wingnut triggered by the violent rhetoric of NRA trolls, Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.
He's the one we want to catch before he has assault weapons, bomb-making materials, body armor and an armored vehicle, perhaps by something as simple as a background check at a gun show, or before he buys weapons on the Internet.
I have some more questions about him that I hope we can get answers to. Where did he get the money to buy all of this gear? Why didn't anyone find it odd that he was considering living in an armored vehicle, when combined with his paranoia and anger at the courts? Why, with all of the interaction he had with the court system, wasn't he identified as someone in need of mental health intervention? Was he really in the Army at all, or was that just an invention?
We'll probably never know the answers to these questions, but I'm sure we can expect Fox News to tell us that those police cars he shot at "were no angels either," right?