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Russell Pearce Supporter, Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready Dead In Domestic Shooting Spree

Russell Pearce Supporter, Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready Dead In Domestic Shooting Spree

 

A key supporter of Arizona Senator Russell Pearce (R) and Sheriff Joe Arpaio shot and killed four people, including a toddler, before turning the gun on himself.

J.T. Ready was a neo-Nazi militiaman and leader of a movement to patrol the Arizona desert to hunt for undocumented persons. Ready was a former Marine and the founder of the prominent, Arizona-based nativist extremist organization ‘Americans First’.

He had recently formed an exploratory committee to run as Pinal County sheriff.

Among the victims were Ready’s girlfriend, her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and their 18-month-old daughter. Ready’s girlfriend, had been listed as the treasurer of the J.T. Ready for Sheriff of Pinal County in recent filings but an amended filing in March did not list her anywhere.

Authorities recovered two handguns and a shotgun from the scene of the crime, along with two 55-gallon drums containing unknown chemicals.

At least one person survived the shooting.

In 2004, the Arizona native decided to adopt a career in politics and ran for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives. One of his main campaign pledges was to defeat the threat posed to America by undocumented immigrants. He told a reporter during the run up to the election that Arizona could improve its education if it would “deal with this mass illegal influx of foreign students who not even embrace the same language and culture as Americans and who spread tuberculosis, whooping cough, lice, and other third-world biological diseases to other children.”

He lost the election.

In March 2006, Ready made headlines when he opened fire at a Latino man with a BB gun when running for the Mesa City Council.

It would appear that Ready’s rhetoric finally caught up with him in the most tragic of ways.

 

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11:11PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Tragic.

11:10PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Tragic.

9:54AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

can't say he made life easier by turning the gun on himself.

2:36PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Too bad those a-holes doesn't use their guns on themselves first instead of killing innocent people. He erased three generations like they didn't matter.

7:38AM PDT on May 6, 2012

I'm so very sorry for those he killed, but I'm glad he's dead.

4:14PM PDT on May 4, 2012

Sorry for the double post, here are four videos on the white supremacy movement I found online.


News report featured neo-Nazi JT Ready in 2010 (Pride & Prejudice Videos)
by 3TV
azfamily.com
Posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Updated yesterday at 5:09 PM

“In 2010, a reporter named Steven Fabian did a series called "Pride & Prejudice" for Channel One News. The series examined the growing popularity of white supremacy groups.”- azfamily.com

http://www.azfamily.com/home/related/News-report-featured-neo-Nazi-JT-Ready-in-2010-150098875.html


4:08PM PDT on May 4, 2012

It seems J.T. Ready was trying desperately to be a hero to "New-Nazis" however he only ended up with the horrible legacy, of being a baby murderer. Sad to say, there are plenty of other racist bigots lurking within the right-wing movement!

Alleged gunman’s GOP pal

“He is the worst kind of racist,” Ready referred to Pearce in a New Times interview in the fall of 2010. “One who will do anything to achieve power, then trample on our rights like a tyrant when he gets that power.”- salon.com

Ready added, “I christen him Grand Wizard of the AZ Senate!”- salon.com

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/03/alleged_gunmans_gop_pal/singleton/

Gilbert mass shooting: Horror in wake of vigilante's final act
Militia leader J.T. Ready kills 4, then self in Gilbert, sources say

“Morton said Ready tried to boss the girls and criticized Amber's baby for being half Hispanic. "He said, 'She's 50 percent ugly,' that's how he described her," she added.” - azcentral.com

“Nancy Napples said the little girl was "a delight," with dark hair and blue eyes. "It's strange to see a couple on the verge of the rest of their lives ... and have that happen," she said. "I'm sorry for their families and the little girl that didn't really have a chance." - azcentral.com

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/05/02/20120502gilbert-mass-shooting-horrors-vigilante-jt-ready-final-act.html





News report featured neo-Nazi J

4:07PM PDT on May 4, 2012

It seems J.T. Ready was trying desperately to be a hero to "New-Nazis" however he only ended up with the horrible legacy, of being a baby murderer. Sad to say, there are plenty of other racist bigots lurking within the right-wing movement!

Alleged gunman’s GOP pal

“He is the worst kind of racist,” Ready referred to Pearce in a New Times interview in the fall of 2010. “One who will do anything to achieve power, then trample on our rights like a tyrant when he gets that power.”- salon.com

Ready added, “I christen him Grand Wizard of the AZ Senate!”- salon.com

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/03/alleged_gunmans_gop_pal/singleton/

Gilbert mass shooting: Horror in wake of vigilante's final act
Militia leader J.T. Ready kills 4, then self in Gilbert, sources say

“Morton said Ready tried to boss the girls and criticized Amber's baby for being half Hispanic. "He said, 'She's 50 percent ugly,' that's how he described her," she added.” - azcentral.com

“Nancy Napples said the little girl was "a delight," with dark hair and blue eyes. "It's strange to see a couple on the verge of the rest of their lives ... and have that happen," she said. "I'm sorry for their families and the little girl that didn't really have a chance." - azcentral.com

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/05/02/20120502gilbert-mass-shooting-horrors-vigilante-jt-ready-final-act.html





News report featured neo-Nazi J

3:51PM PDT on May 4, 2012

There are four questions
Of value in life.....
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same,
Only love ~ Johnny Depp

What is the answer of the GOP, Nazi Pope, Neo-Nazis, KKK, Jesus Freaks, NRA, Southern Baptist Christian fundamentalists and billionaire corporations?
Only hate

3:30PM PDT on May 4, 2012

Good riddance

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