They draped one officerâ€™s body in a swastika and a yellow â€œDonâ€™t Tread on Meâ€ flag that has been adopted as a symbol of the Tea Party. On the other, they pinned a note warning of â€œthe beginning of the revolution,â€ a phrase they also shouted, the police said.
They promptly crossed the street to a Walmart, where Mr. Miller fired a single shot and continued shouting about revolution to terrified shoppers. One man at the checkout area who was carrying a handgun tried to stop Mr. Miller, but did not notice that Ms. Miller was working in concert with her husband; she shot the man dead. The couple proceeded to maraud through the store until the police trapped them at the back. There, Ms. Miller fatally shot her husband before shooting herself in the head.
So the other victim beside the cops was not a random woman shopper but a man with a concealed weapon. I am sincerely sorry he died, but all those
weenies law-abiding good-guy citizens who imagine that if there only had been someone at hand with a gun, etc., might want to reflect on this.
Amid the pandemonium, Joseph Wilcox, 31, who had been in the checkout line, approached Mr. Miller brandishing a weapon, the police said. Ms. Miller pulled a pistol out of her purse and fatally shot him in the midsection, the police said.
Other tidbits — It appears the pair really did spend time with the Cliven Bundy militia. The woman shooter actually quit her job at Hobby Lobby (of course) to head toward the ranch. There’s some indication the Bundy militia found the two shooters a little fringe-y even for them, and persuaded the pair to go back to Las Vegas.
According to documents found in their apartment, the pair had planned to take over a courthouse and execute pubic officials.
They’d been talking about the evils of the government and their own desire for violence against it as fast as they could flap their lips.
In only a few months in the modest apartment building where they lived here, they made little secret of their distaste for government and their desire to foment revolution.
Their posts on Facebook sometimes threatened violence, and last month, Mr. Miller used the website to ask people to send him â€œa rifle to help stand against tyranny.â€ Neighbors said Mr. Miller talked incessantly to anyone who would listen about the evils of welfare or President Obama.
No one reported this. See also “How much does right-wing rhetoric contribute to right-wing terrorism?”