Two white supremacists were arrested for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at the Wynn nightclub in Las Vegas. Guns were found in their apartment and vehicle. Before their arrest they shouted, “White privilege, white power.”— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 29, 2019
It is hard to believe that there are people who are really this stupid floating around out there and who would say something this retarded in the context of a national moral panic about mass shootings, but it isn’t at all surprising who they were following on the internet:
“LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Braxton Ryback, 25, and Johnny Young, 22, were recently arrested by Las Vegas police after threatening to shoot up the XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.
The incident happened Aug. 10. Police were told that Ryback and Young were shouting “White privilege, white power, we are white supremacist” and locking their fists like they were going to hit people. Police were also told that the men told security that they were going to come back and shoot the place up. Young then allegedly returned to the hotel-casino with pepper spray.
During an interview with police, Young told police that he had a weapon in his vehicle at the Wynn and another weapon in his apartment. He also told police that Ryback spent time on a website called “Daily Stormer” and that he shared Ryback’s beliefs.
Young also told police that he was drunk and angry at security because they had stopped him from taking photos of security cameras but he never had any intention of hurting someone. He said he intended to only use the pepper spray for protection if needed. …”
He had a PELLET GUN in his car!
Seriously, who on earth is stupid enough to encourage people to act like this? It is the people who continue to publish stuff like this on the internet:
… or this:
I wrote a response out to that the other day. I decided not to publish it though because I figured it was either another troll for attention, a cry for help or that Andy had probably just had another bad date or something and was venting his sexual frustrations on his website.
Since the El Paso shooting, at least half a dozen fedposters (3 in Nevada, 2 in Ohio, 1 in Maryland and 1 in Florida) have been arrested. The one in Ohio has been hit with federal charges. If ever there was a time to say stupid things and win stupid prizes, it is now.
Note: Don’t shoot the messenger. You were warned.
Several people have been arrested lately for obvious poorly received jokes. It is an especially problematic time for crude internet humor.