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.
Photo from HPZ via flickr.