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The Zombie Apocalypse — 'Zombie' is a Code Word for Minorities: Hate Groups Are Among Biggest Gun Advocates

"Zombie Apocalypse" (Photo by Stephen Dann)
"Zombie Apocalypse" (Photo by Stephen Dann)
By Martha Rosenberg
Frazier Glenn Miller, accused of killing three outside two Jewish Community Centers in Kansas the day before Passover, embodies many features of the extreme gun rights movement--notably its persecution fantasies and insurrectional hatred of the government. Miller, who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, "knew enough of the law, enough of American history, enough of the thinking of the founders that he could craft this bastardized notion of liberty and this notion of states’ authority and states’ rights,” Michael L. Williams, Texas commissioner of education who investigated Miller when he was a federal prosecutor, told the New York Times.

States' rights like bills to nullify federal gun laws and to arrest and jail federal agents trying to enforce them and a murderous hatred of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF) are prominent features of the gun rights movement.

Miller has written that the white race is “drowning literally in seas of colored mongrels” a remark that is disturbing close to longtime NRA Board Member Ted Nugent's depiction of President Obama as a "sub-human mongrel." Nugent retracted the remark--kind of.

The NRA supported Ronald Reagan when, as California governor, he led new gun laws to keep Black Panthers and other black power activists from having firearms. In promoting the Mulford Act which he signed in 1967, President Regan said “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” What a difference a few decades--and the change in color of the carrying citizens--makes. Many say gun laws would change overnight if the "law-abiding citizens standing their ground" were African-Americans and not George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn (the "loud music" killer).

This is hardly the first anti-Semitic gun attack in the US. In 1998 former Aryan Nations guard Buford O’Neal Furrow Jr. fired more than 70 rounds from a submachine gun at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles. In 1999, in Skokie and Rogers Park, white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a racist shooting rampage killing Northwestern University Men's Basketball Coach Ricky Byrdsong and Won-Joon Yoon, a computer science doctoral student. He also wounded nine Orthodox Jews and an African-American minister. Smith was issued a gun owner's ID card despite an order of protection filed by an ex-girlfriend. The hate spree spawned a yearly event called the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate.

Wade Michael Page, who fatally shot six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012, was another white supremacist. Page was reportedly a member of the Hammerskins and played in neo-Nazi bands. He founded the band End Apathy in 2005 and played in the band Definite Hate, both considered racist white-power bands by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors such hate groups which are some of the nation's biggest gun advocates, preaching insurrection and stockpiling weapons.

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