On Sunday, husband and wife Jared and Amanda Miller entered a CiCi's pizza in Las Vegas and gunned down two officers while they were having lunch. After the shooting, Jared proclaimed, "the revolution has begun!" before the pair made their way into a neighboring Walmart. Opening fire, they stalked the aisles of the store, killing another bystander, Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, and exchanging gunfire with arriving police. The shooting lasted a few moments, until Amanda Miller shot her husband and then turned her weapons on herself.
The state of Nevada has been rocked by this act of senseless violence. The two men, Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, were veterans of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police force. Both men leave grieving wives and children behind.
This morning, authorities are beginning their investigation into the couple who committed this atrocity. As of this morning, Las Vegas police are investigating the possible link between the shooters and the white supremacy movement. According to Reuters, "investigators discovered paraphernalia associated with white supremacists, including swastika symbols, but it was not clear where the items was found."
A neighbor of the couple, Brandon Moore told reporters, "They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine."
Even further, reports from the scene claim that the man and woman covered Beck and Soldo's bodies with "something featuring the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag." The yellow flag, which is emblazoned with a coiled snake and the words "Don't Tread On Me" was originally used by colonists has been co-opted in recent years by the Tea Party, though, the connection between these two crazy people and the crazy people in the Tea Party is tenuous at best. The male assailant is said to have shouted something about a "revolution" several times throughout the shooting spree, so it's just as logical, if not more so, to suggest the Gadsden flag was related to his cries for revolt.
A manifesto recovered from the house of Millers' neighbor, Kelley Fielder, only adds more fuel to the fire of speculation.
"Those of us who know the truth and dare speak it, know that the enemy we face are indeed our brothers," Jared Miller wrote. "Even though they share the same masters as we all do. They fail to recognize the chains that bind them. To stop this oppression, I fear, can only be accomplished with bloodshed."
The journal talks, at length, about the sad need for a revolution, the need for the common man to stand up and use force to take back the nation. It certainly does sound like the rhetoric used by a small section of conservatives in America. Of course, it also sounds like the lunatic ramblings of a lost man with more than a little mental instability.
Even if the Millers voted Republican, it seems like a stretch to suggest they were pushed to such an extreme act of violence by the party's ideals. After all, ideas don't necessarily create crazy people, while crazy people are wonderful at using misinterpreted ideas as motivation for their macabre catharsis.