Who is really behind Florida mass shootings?
Recently, a Florida legislator has expressed disappointment, even vexation, over the fact that his bill to condemn “white supremacy” and “white nationalism” was reworded in committee to instead condemn “any philosophy that espouses the superiority of one group of people over another.” The bill, SR 214, filed in September of 2019, had only one provision which stated that “white nationalism and white supremacy are rejected and condemned as hateful expressions of intolerance which contradict the values that define the people of Florida and the United States.” We would, of course, disagree with Rodriguez on the basis that he certainly does not represent all of the people of Florida and the United States. If a democracy moves to exclude or proscribe any particular political, social or religious expression, then it is no longer a democracy, but a tyranny, and Rodriguez is a would-be tyrant.
The Miami New Times quoted Miami-Dade state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez as having said “I was dismayed they took 'white supremacy' out of the resolution”. Rodriguez had joined the effort of another legislator, Orlando state Rep. Anna Eskamani, who filed a companion bill in the Florida house, HR 51. Eskamani was quoted as having said, among other things, that she “was also baffled that such a simple resolution was watered down.”
Among further statements from Rodriguez, he is reported as having said that “We know what's causing these attacks, I don't know why we would shy away from saying that white supremacy is what's motivating us as a legislature to act here.” Fortunately, neither does Rodriguez speak for the entire legislature, although he evidently thought he did. So the Florida Politics website reported Rodriguez as saying “If the Legislature’s going to take out a condemnation of white nationalism and have something in there that creates the sense that, as Trump said, on both sides there are issues, “I have a serious problem with that because that actually does the opposite of what the resolution was intended to do.” Similarly, we have seen Black Lives Matter demonstrators balk at counter-protesters who announce that “All Lives Matter”, and especially that “Blue Lives Matter”.
While Rodriguez and Eskamani are still in the minority, they are not alone, and although it is clear to us that they despise Whites who merely wish to preserve their own cultures and values, an influential and apparently White State Senator had filed a similar bill which was eventually joined to the redacted SR 214. Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson, the current Senate Majority leader and who is scheduled to become Florida Senate president in November, had filed a similar bill, SR 222, that same month which had gained ten Republican cosponsors. As the Tallahassee Reports website reported, “That bill was also specific: It stated that ‘the Florida Senate rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful, dangerous, and morally corrupt; and affirms that such philosophies are contradictory to the values that define the people of Florida.’” Of course, we certainly also disagree with Simpson. The egg farmer who holds only an Associates degree from a local community college, and has a far-from stellar legislative record, seems only to be a political opportunist seeking support for his coming tenure as Senate president.
Thankfully, for now, SR 222 is dead, and SR 214, since the amendments to it have been adopted in committee, no longer explicitly demonizes Whites who care for their own self-determination and the preservation of their own culture and values. But with Simpson as Senate president, who potentially has two terms left to serve, things could very well change. But because statements made by Rodriguez and Eskamani as a result of the redaction of this bill have put the blame for mass shootings on “white supremacy” and “white nationalism”, we are going to examine some of those shootings, and especially those which have occurred in Florida.
But first we offer a digression, as we will start with two notable and nationally notorious shootings which are reported to have taken place outside of Florida. We will briefly discuss the Las Vegas shooting, as it has the highest reported body count of all recent shootings, and then the El Paso Walmart shooting, as it was mentioned explicitly by Rodriguez as the inspiration for these bills, where he was reported as having said that “… he had teamed up with Orlando state Rep. Anna Eskamani to file the resolution after a white nationalist shot 22 people to death in El Paso last year.”
Purported Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was said by his own brother to have had “no political or religious affiliations of any kind”, according to sources cited in his Wikipedia article. But the same article posts sources alleging statements by Paddock made weeks before the shooting, who reportedly told a single witness that “Somebody has to wake up the American public and get them to arm themselves”. That is hardly a sign of “White Supremacy” or “White Nationalism”, even if Paddock may have referred to infamous incidents which have occurred at Ruby Ridge or Waco. The government’s victims at Waco were not all White, and the people at the Branch Davidian compound had no particularly nationalist ideology.
The truth is that Stephen Paddock was a real-estate agent and would-be career gambler who was losing money, and he was also a diversity-embracing race-mixer, as he had relationships with non-White women, so he was anything but a “White Supremacist” or White Nationalist. Leftists love guns too, and have threatened many times to use them in order to advance their own cause. At Charlottesville in 2018, James Fields was frightened by Leftist agitator Dwayne Dixon, who actually admitted in social media that he had brandished a semi-automatic weapon in order to intimidate Fields moments before the unarmed young man crashed his car into a crowd. Furthermore, shooting innocent people at a music concert is not a way to get them to arm themselves, but is often used as a motive to disarm those who are already armed. The Wikipedia article on the shooting states that Paddock’s motive remains unknown.
Patrick Crusius, the El Paso Walmart shooter who allegedly killed 22 people and wounded 24 others, is no true “white nationalist” or “white supremacist”. While the anti-Latino rhetoric in his so-called manifesto does seem to mimic some of the diatribe of the so-called Alt-Right, a fair reading of the entire manifesto reveals that he had Leftist sentiments and objectives behind his anti-Latino expressions. He evidently saw Latinos as overly-dependent parasites whose presence made it difficult to advance Marxist social and economic agendas such as universal healthcare and universal basic income. Crusius seemed to have a confused, hybrid ideology tailored to fit his own bleak outlook of his own personal situation.
His manifesto reveals that Crusius was also what many White nationalists would deride as a “tree-hugger”, an environmental doomsdayer who wanted to save the planet. Therefore, in that regard, in the section of his manifesto citing his “Economic Reasons”, he revealed the true motive for the shootings where he concluded: “So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
So Patrick Crusius did not kill 22 Latinos for White Nationalism. Rather, he killed them championing typically Leftist environmental causes. While he did advocate separation of races, his utopia was one in which all races remained under the same government, as he had said “The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race.” That is separatism, in part, but it is not “white nationalism” or “white supremacy”. Leftist causes were his objective, and he himself had basically denied being a “white supremacist” quite explicitly.
There are other matters compounding the confused circumstances and philosophy of Patrick Crusius, including the nature of the man who raised him, his father John Bryan Crusius. The elder Crusius is a licensed mental health counselor who at the time of the shooting was listed as working at the Infused Being Therapy Center in Richardson, TX. Crusius claims to use sound and vibration as well as counseling to affect the mental state of his patients. According to the Daily Mail, John Crusius wrote a book in which, among many other claims, he “admits to nearly 40 years of drug addiction which tore apart his family and claims he has spoken directly to Jesus”. We feel it is quite odd that none of his alleged enlightenment had helped his son.
The younger Crusius was apparently angry at the world, angry at what he saw as a White society which was being pushed into decadence and overrun with immigration. While many White Nationalists sympathize with some of his complaints, Crusius himself was hardly a White Nationalist. Some commentators have said that his philosophy is a sort of Malthusian fascism, but that is also detached from White nationalism as it is known today. Not being aligned with any known nationalist group, Crusius’ actions can hardly be blamed on White nationalists. Mixed White nationalist and Leftist sentiments are merely the vehicles which he chose by which to express his frustrations.
Days before Crusius shot up the Walmart in El Paso, A 19-year old Hispanic named Santino William LeGan shot up the Gilroy Garlic festival in central California, killing three and wounding seventeen others. The motive is still unknown and the shooter was certainly not tied to “white nationalism”. He had self-identified as being of Italian and Iranian descent, and allegedly complained in social media of both “mestizos and Silicon valley white twats”, according to Wikipedia. The very next day after the El Paso shooting, a 24-year-old man named Connor Betts shot up the Dayton, Ohio entertainment district with a semi-automatic rifle, killing his own sister and a total of nine people while injuring twenty-seven others. According to Wikipedia, “Betts made online references about Satan and described himself as a leftist and Antifa sympathizer.”
But even if we conceded that Patrick Crusius was somehow a “white nationalist”, which is hardly true, nine other mass shootings in 2019 were committed by men who were clearly not “white nationalists”, and instead by Negros, Muslims, Hispanics, disgruntled former employees, and for other reasons. The Mother Jones database of Mass Shootings is a decent resource, but it does not include the hundreds, or perhaps sometimes thousands, of gang and drug-related shootings by negros and latinos. Of the shootings which are listed in the Mother Jones database, the body count is 22 for Crusius, and 59 for shooters who are not “white nationalists”, with 26 injured versus 86. So how can Jose Rodriguez or Anna Eskamani possibly attribute all mass shootings to Whites, as their statements suggest?
The Florida State legislators should be concerned with Florida, and not with Texas or any other State. So now we must ask, who was behind each of the recent mass shootings in Florida?
The June, 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting which is said to have killed 49 people and wounded 53 others was perpetrated by a man born to Afghani parents who is a muslim sometimes known as Omar Mateen.
The January, 2017 Fort Lauderdale airport shooting in which five people were killed and six others injured was perpetrated by Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, a schizophrenic Hispanic once employed by the National Guards of Puerto Rico and Alaska. It is reported that in November 2016 Santiago visited the FBI field office in Anchorage and reported that the U.S. government was controlling his mind and making him watch online videos by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a group which he believed he was being forced to join by the CIA. From that point forward the FBI became well aware of Santiago-Ruiz and his mental health issues, but failed to prevent the shooting.
The June, 2017 Orlando Fiamma Factory shooting in which 5 people were killed was evidently done out of revenge by a disgruntled former employee who had been fired less than two months earlier, after having worked there for several years.
The Parkland, Florida, Stoneman Douglas High School shooting of 34 people, 17 whom had died, in February of 2018 was perpetrated by a 19-year-old student named Nikolas Cruz. Having been adopted as an infant and raised by Hispanic parents, Cruz exhibited violent tendencies and anger-management problems all of his life, and he still does to this day as he has had several altercations with authorities while in confinement. But while his Social Media pages contained symbols often associated with “White Nationalists” or “Nazis”, Cruz was not a member of any White Nationalist organization, and was actually a registered Republican. The Republican party is hardly “White Nationalist”. Apparently, the symbols were only a vehicle which Cruz had used to express his anger, an anger which he had all of his life. But they are hardly indicative of any true White Nationalist political or social philosophy, and his anger was not a result of any White Nationalist philosophy. According to the Ocala Star-Banner, “Nikolas Cruz had a history of violent behavior, but calls to the FBI and Broward Sheriff’s Office warning he might attack a school were not investigated.”
The August, 2018 Jacksonville Landing shooting in which 2 people were killed, 10 others injured with gunshot wounds, and the suspect committed suicide, was perpetrated by David Katz, a video-gamer. Katz had a history of mental illness, was prescribed anti-psychotic medicine, and the only apparent motive is the fact that he did not win the video-game tournament at which the shooting occurred.
The November, 2018 Tallahassee Hot Yoga Studio shooting in which 6 women were shot, killing two, and others were injured, was perpetrated by a former soldier, Scott Beierle, who was a misogynist incel. While he was accused of having “right-wing extremist views” these hardly could have contributed to the nature and reasons for the shooting. White Nationalists do not typically espouse misogyny or incel ideology, and these problems are not peculiar to White Nationalists.
The January, 2019 Sun Trust Bank shooting in Sebring, Florida, in which five women were shot and killed execution-style, was perpetrated by Zephen Allen Xaver. No motive has been identified which would explain the reasons for the shooting but Xaver was said to have been “fascinated with death”. Xaver had also been hired by the Florida Department of Corrections and was in training, but resigned two weeks before the shooting.
The December, 2019 Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting in which 3 people were killed and 8 others injured was perpetrated by a Saudi national and muslim named Mohammed Alshamrani.
The Florida Mass Shooting Body Count:
True White Nationalists, members of known White nationalist organizations: 0
Registered Republicans from Hispanic families who displayed symbols sometimes used by White Nationalists: 17
Disgruntled Former Employees: 5
Assorted Misfits: 9
Middle-Eastern Muslims and their Hispanic Sympathizers: 57
In addition to the remarks we already cited above, representative Eskamani issued a statement basically singling out Whites for violence where she said, as it is reported by the Miami New Times, that “We consider HR51/SR 214 to be the most comprehensive and intentional effort in condemning white supremacy and white nationalism, which no one can deny has been the cause of hate crimes and murders for generations, reaching a scary peak today…” Then, in reference to committee rejections of that blanket condemnation, she said further: “Unfortunately this committee bill takes a step back in this effort, for reasons not entirely clear to me. I am hopeful that if the legislature is at least willing to vote for this revised resolution, that they would consider updates to Florida Hate Crime statute and meaningful policies to reduce gun violence.”
But every ethnic group, and every religious affiliation, has been responsible for acts which may be perceived as crimes in the eyes of one party or another, at one time or another, so Eskmani’s general statement, which is quite racist in nature, is also quite ignorant. Furthermore, she sounds as if she believes that at least most gun violence in recent times is the fault of “white supremacists” or “white nationalists”. Eskamani, who was born in Florida to parents who were immigrants from Iran, should be well aware of intra-racial violence committed by Arabs in the name of one Islamic sect or another. Several mass shootings in Florida in recent years were perpetrated by Arabs, or by non-Arab muslims, and the body count has far exceeded the number of shootings made by so-called “White Nationalists”.
Yet we have not seen one word from Eskamani, or from Rodriguez, condemning any of those groups. While they are pretending to slay a dragon, they are actually poking at windmills, however perhaps the underlying motive is an attempt to silence all future opposition to Democratic Party open-borders and mass-immigration initiatives that all Floridians should stand against.
Florida has real problems, and White Nationalists are not one of them.