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And I told myself I was going to keep it light this week on the blog. Had to break the promise. I will probably come back to this topic in a more in-depth form later.

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

Suspected gunman James W. von Brunn

A rifle-wielding white supremacist entered Washington’s Holocaust museum on Wednesday afternoon, fatally shooting a security guard before being wounded himself by return fire from other guards, authorities said.

 Stephen Tyrone Johns, a six-year veteran of the museum’s security staff, later “died heroically in the line of duty,” said Sara Bloomfield, museum director.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which focuses on human rights, said Brunn has “an extremely long history with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.”

“I am shocked and saddened by today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,” said President Obama, who just days earlier had spoken emotionally about the Holocaust when he visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.CNN

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

Holocaust museum guard Stephen T. Johns

I still don’t understand how people can have that much hatred toward others. After watching the news and then going to work yesterday afternoon, I was saddened as well. But strangely I wasn’t really shocked by the news. And that’s actually what made me do some thinking.

I wasn’t shocked because there’s so much hatred festering in the country right now. Just last weekend I wrote about the suspect in the assassination of the abortion doctor who called the media to warn that more violence will occur.

The Homeland Department of Security issued a report in April that signs of extremism are on the rise.

The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment. DHS

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