Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn is different that two other incidents
It’s reported that James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, walked into The Holocaust Museum and opened fire, apparently killing security guard. von Brunn was also shot and is hospitalized.
I’ve already heard comparisons to abortion opponent Scott Roeder’s shooting of Dr. George Tillman, and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad who shot and killed Private William Long in recent weeks. While all three used guns, did not personally know their victims, and were fueled by some sort of deranged hate, von Burnn doesn’t fit the “Lone Wolf” profile so neatly.
Von Brunn is well known in hate group circles, and though you wouldn’t expect something like this out of an 88 year-old, it’s not his first time acting out.
According to von Brunn’s website Holy Western Empire, he “attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest.” The site says he was “convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge.” This is how Talking Points Memo describe the event:
On December 7, 1981, a man named James W. Von Brunn pulled out a sawed-off shotgun at the Federal Reserve Board headquarters, claiming to have planted a bomb and threatening to take members of the Board hostage. That was 40 years to the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, though it’s unclear whether that’s a coincidence or not.
Von Brunn may have been a “lone wolf” but he has been on the radar screen. I generally steer clear of the internet cesspool that is White Supremacists sites. Those very words and this post mean that they will find us here at Dallas South and start trying to spew their hate here.
But after learning of the shooting, and the “Negro jury” that convicted von Brunn, I couldn’t help but see what I could find out about the guy. Apparently his “life’s work” is a book called Tob Shebbe Goyim Harog (Kill the Best Gentiles). It’s hailed in hate circles, where I saw one person respond ” This is a book that needs wide distribution. The author has been through Hell, and back, and came out fighting. Buy, and read it, please.”
Dr. Tiller’s was the 9th person murdered due to abortion and to date, domestic violence against U.S. Service personal is still at a minimum. But von Brunn’s actions today is the latest in this country’s sad history of violence by supremacists. And they don’t have to hide or meet in secret, their message is overt and they tell everyone who they know how they feel.
While I heard some folks say on T.V. that Dr. Tiller got what he deserved, the majority of anti-abortion advocates came out against using violence. A few months back I met Bob Stains who’s Public Conversations Project lead a high profile mediation (he would say dialouge) between groups on opposite sides of the abortion debate. back in the 90’s This occurred after two receptionists were killed in Massachusetts and an anti-abortion group wanted to ease tension.
I don’t think White Supremacists groups want to ease anything. They will hail von Brunn as some sort of martyr and celebrate the fact that we are even talking about them.
But I always feel that you cannot ignore this segment of the population because the numbers are large and they are growing. It’s why every now and then I’ll let one of their bigoted comments get through just so that folks can see how these particular American’s think.
Though their ideas are on the “fringe” their numbers give reason for vigilance. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 926 hate groups operating in the U.S. last year. That represents a more than 50% increase since 2000.
By all accounts security personnel responded admirably to von Brunn’s treat. Unfortunately one of them had to pay with their life. May God Bless their family.