This is why we can't have nice things. Conor Climo, the winner who thought an open carry patrol with a rifle and tactical stuff in his Centennial Hills neighborhood, was arrested Friday by the FBI on terrorism charges. He wanted to apparently shoot up or blow up a synagogue or gay bar and got caught because he was talking about it online.
Not like we didn’t see potential issues with him before this. No one needs a teenager open carrying a rifle patrolling their neighborhood—not even in the whitest trashiest part of Nevada. Because when something like this happens, this blows up. And in the week following the triple mass shooting hype and the dumbass stunt in the Missouri Walmart. To hell with these guys. Chipotle Ninjas make us look bad.
People who do open carry stunts like that, probably the super majority of the time, are looking for attention in all the wrong places. I don’t know what this douche canoe’s problem is, but he’s got them. A stint in Club Fed will fix that right up and we’ll never have to worry about him making open carriers look bad again because he will be a felon. These people are not representative of the open carry community. The only time long gun open carry patrol is appropriate in an urban area is in the midst of a major disaster or unrest.
I know some of us in our community tried to reach out to him to put him on the right path, but it appears this guy was broken to begin with. He was a kid who start out meaning to do well, but with no positive influences he was lured away into darkness where he found community. The societal values found in churches, schools, and community groups that have traditionally counteracted radicalism are mostly absent today.
Unfortunately, instead of being taught good things like responsibility and patriotism, that lead young men into the military, law enforcement, or being responsible politically involved citizens, the same forces that impel many into good impel others into evil. Influential members of a community on the fringes can sway impressionable minds as we see here.
Climo was drawn to “white nationalism” and corresponding with what he thought were Neo-Nazis. “White nationalism” is the new euphemism for white supremacy, a racist ideology. Many prominent conservatives and independent thinkers are slandered through use of this term for espousing an end to unfettered immigration and recognition that European heritage is no reason for “white guilt.” In the twisted minds of the Left, people like Stefan Molyneux ends up being compared to Hitler. If you are an empty headed kid and someone who validates you fills you with hate, it's easy to fall into one of these poles.
Foolish young men filled with rage channel their anger into futile activities like shooting up a Walmart after gorging at a trough of hate served up by keyboard commandos. A constant influx of essentially propaganda can be exhausting and frustrating. Instead of dealing with the internal conflict this provokes in a constructive manner, through non-violent political change, mentally unhinged individuals pick and object of their frustration (gays, Jews, Mexicans) and target them directly.
Climo, I'm told, has cognitive issues, but to what level, we are not fully sure of. Because these young men generally are not very bright, not well read, not positively influenced, and believe everything they hear about the globalist/Jewish/whatever conspiracy, radical forums become an echo chamber for every bad idea. Before the Internet, it was harder to radicalize people because stupid people had to find each other in real-life. Now the Internet has given everyone a voice, a way to find each other, and amplifies their ideas.
For others, they find themselves in place of hate and darkness, and like the titular Shakespearean villain from Richard III: To entertain these fair well-spoken days,/I am determined to prove a villain/And hate the idle pleasures of these days. Or, from Gunfreezone.net: "the cause of mass shooters in the United States, both lone-wolf white men and predominately black gang violence [is they] both largely stem from the same place, a sense of hopelessness. Young men who believe they have no solid future of value, so retreat into ideological extremism or fatalistic recreational violence." That was the case in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and Sandy Hook.
Yes, a civil war is coming and with it unimaginable violence, but none of us need to hasten it. If you ask Climo why he chose these targets instead of say the actual people responsible for whatever aggrieved him, I’d bet you’d come away with an answer that indicated he picked them because he hated them. He didn’t want to change anything; he just wanted to hurt people he didn’t like. Most of these mass killings have just been expressions of inner hatred. Constant exposure to hate, left or right, on TV or online has been poisoning people and becoming a corrupting influenced unbalanced by any good.
Did he have an “unregistered firearm” as some of the clickbait headlines are crowing about? No, the DOJ press release says specifically a “destructive device” as in Molotov cocktail parts (or bomb components).
Clayton E. Cramer
Gun Free Zone
The War on Guns
The View From Out West