A man named James Von Brunn shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, killing a security guard, and being shot himself
. Kathy Shaidle has a round-up of links from around the Internet
. Despite his being named Von Brunn, this is not a case of Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome
--he claims to have fought on the American
side in World War II.
He is an 88-year-old mental case who apparently tried to take the Federal Reserve Board hostage in 1981, and served several years on attempted kidnapping and weapons charges. [Profile: Alleged Holocaust Museum shooter James von Brunn
I don`t know of anyone who approves of this kind of attack, but I can expect it to be blamed on people like me.
My position on this particular kind of attack, whether practised by neo-Nazi mental cases like Von Brunn, or much more often
, by amateur jihadists
and other exponents
of Immigrant Mass Murder Syndrome, is that it should be dealt with by
- The death penalty for murder (the District of Columbia has no death penalty)
- Fighting back, preferably with a gunÂ
The Holocaust Museum
has armed guards. It also, as Clayton Cramer noted
had a very large and obvious sign at the entrance warning that concealed weapon permits from other states were not valid in DC, and that anyone found with a weapon on them (as they passed through the metal detectors) would be arrested and charged. This was the only place in DC where I saw such a sign, and I thought it was a bit odd.Of course, it also meant that the shooter knew that he was attacking a place where he was guaranteed that only uniformed personnel would be able to shoot back. Another triumph of gun-free zones.
Again, the District of Columbia has hadÂ for many years the most savagely restrictive anti-gun laws in the nation, worse than New York and New Jersey. So the victims are almost always unarmed. In a similar incident in 1998,
a schizophrenic travelled from Montana to shoot up Congress, killing two members of the Capitol Police
. There`s really no way that all these attacks can be prevented. Immigrant Mass Murder, on the other hand, would happen less if there were fewer immigrants.