“This is the start of a revolution,” the shooters yelled as they opened fire on Las Vegas Metro police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo inside a Las Vegas Cici’s Pizza–and it appears the revolution of which the couple spoke is the exact one that has been promised by the ‘nonviolent patriots’ at the Bundy Ranch.
Cliven Bundy’s supporters are currently being investigated for bomb threats, making menacing statements toward government officials, and pointing weapons at and threatening police. Now, it seems, the government’s failure to do something about these violent, unstable terrorists has reached the next step: actual murder.
The shooters reportedly draped the familiar symbol of the Tea Party and other extremist right-wing groups–the bright yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flag–over their victims’ bodies. Among the couple’s belongings, police found swastika symbols.
Neighbors have explained that the couple may have been methamphetamine users, and regularly spoke of conspiracy theories–and their plans to kill police officers. The pair regularly, according to neighbors, spouted racist, anti-government views and boasted about their involvement in the Bundy standoff.
One neighbor said the man claimed that he and his partner-in-crime had been kicked off of Bundy Ranch. “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,” neighbor Jessica Anderson said.
“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” another neighbor, Brandon Moore, said.
Cliven Bundy’s wife disputes these claims, though. “I have not seen or heard anything from the militia and others who have came to our ranch that would, in any way, make me think they had an intent to kill or harm anyone,” Carol Bundy said.
After the shooters, whose names have not been released to the public, shot the officers the couple stripped them of their weapons and ammo. The “patriots” then headed across the street to Walmart, where they may have exchanged gunfire with a concealed weapon carrier.
Just inside the doors of the big-box store, they opened fire on a yet unnamed woman, killing her. As Metro police closed in, the female suspect shot her accomplice, then took her own life. The male suspect then shot and killed himself.
One must wonder if this could have been prevented, had the government acted on the unstable terrorists surrounding Welfare Cowboy Cliven Bundy’s ranch. Perhaps this will serve as a wake-up call: We can’t allow terrorists to make the rules.
Police say they are investigating ties to white supremacist groups and, of course, the Bundy militias.
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