CNN: White Supremacist Shooter at US Holocaust Museum

CNN is reporting a major shooting at the DC Holocaust Museum:

The suspect in Wednesday’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist from Maryland, two law enforcement officials told CNN.

According to TPM’s report he holds strong anti-Semitic views. They are reporting his own version of his biography like this:

James W. von Brunn holds a Bach-Sci Journalism degree from a mid-Western university where he was president of SAE and played varsity football. During WWII he served as PT-Boat captain, Lt. USNR, receiving a Commendation and four battle stars. For twenty years he was an advertising executive and film-producer in New York City. He is a member of Mensa, the high-IQ society.

In 1981 Von Brunn attempted to place the treasonous Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest. He was tried in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court; convicted by a Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys, and sentenced to prison for eleven years by a Jew judge. A Jew/Negro/White Court of Appeals denied his appeal. He served 6.5 years in federal prison. (Read about von Brunn’s “And so, on December 7, 1981, a bright, crisp morning James Wenneker von Brunn visited the Federal Reserve Building on Constitution Ave., across from the Washington Monument, Washington D.C. I had cased the building twice before, and talked at length with one of the guards, a retire U.S. Marine. I posed as a freelance newspaper reporter. I wore a trench-coat with a camera-case slung over my shoulder. . The Marine (“HARRY”)) guided me through the Board Room, and Paul Volcker’s office; there I met his secretary, a smartly dressed middle-aged lady with gray hair. My objective was to arrest Volcker and the FED Brd of Governors.

Greg Sargent adds this about the Holocaust shooter and others lately:

Remember the enormous controversy that erupted in April over a Department of Homeland Security report that assessed the threat of “right wing extremists”? The story provoked days of nonstop cable chatter, forcing DHS chief Janet Napolitano to ultimately apologize.

Today, a gunman entered the Holocaust Museum and exchanged fire with security guards, leaving one in grave condition. MSNBC reports that the suspected gunman is connected to anti-government and white supremacist groups. If that proves correct, perhaps it’ll be time to revisit all that criticism of the DHS report. Right?

This passage from the DHS report in particular sparked a huge outpouring of rage on the right:

“Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

Given the white supremacist and extreme-right links of several other recent attackers in the US, does this signal once more the resurgence of the white supremacist and white nationalist groups we have warned about on this site?

Will major federal officials now be targets of these racist-right groups?


  1. Larry

    I believe anyone who doesn’t realize that we all eat, breath, and put on our clothes the same way. Yes their are some immoral people but their in all race, and gender you may have some races that may exhibit more immoral acts then others. The point is we all are the same, race shouldn’t determine the quality of an individual. Look, this person could have been a good person but hated certain individuals but look now he will all always be considered not a nice person and the group that he is representing becomes a negative viewed organization based on him killing some one or attempting to kill someone. These things need to stop within this country their are some many other things to worry about like the economy, bringing our troops home( of all racist), and trying to be the best person you can be then hating someone else because they are culturally different then you are. This is not the American way.

  2. Dom Auri

    I work in Armed Security in Virginia and I’ll bet the officer who died at the Holocaust Museum today didn’t have a bullet proof vest and I’ll bet he had a 38 revolver. This is what some federal contracts call for. I don’t have one. If I want one, I’ll have to buy one out of my own pay.

    My 38. Revolver is the only weapon I use because my company and the contractor doesn’t care about the officers. If Mr. Johns had a vest he might be alive today. So I hope hollywood is taking notes. Mr. Johns was a hero and he didn’t have on white socks, his pants wasn’t up his butt with short pants showing his socks nor was he fat. He was a human being, a father and a husband who gave his life. Got that hollywood…

  3. J

    I Place all the blame for the shooting at the museum on Obama. He was to busy over seas saying I’m sorry for what the USA has done in the past. He better stay at home and the rest of his group of people.

  4. Rick L.

    Not here to give excuses, but with the economy, with major job losses, with a huge swing in political direction…. the nuts are climbing out of the woodwork… everyone is stressed and they react, well like nuts. Two, Three cases like this in the past month… more to come… it cold be another one like today or a muslim convert gunning recruiters or a pro-lifer takes someone’s life…

    It’s all very sad, but also not very much in the grand scheme of things… thousands die everyday from stravation, childern falling through the cracks of society and our education system, drugs, domestic violence, the lists goes on and on…

    Today it was one poor mentally handicapped lost soul, taking the life of a stranger.

    Tomorrow… no telling what will happen.

  5. BMan

    This nutcase was clearly rascist. but one thing people might be overlooking is he was also a Right Wing Nut Case. Like Scott Roeder and his roomate Eddie Eberbach they are terrorists. Since the GOP lost so badly in the last elections, especially to a black man, the stimulus to all the nut case wackos that feel things are going exactly the opposite of the way they think they should be is becoming apparent. Is this racism? clearly it is, but it also part of a larger conspiracy of buried terror cells in the Republican Party, that are now starting to come into the light.

  6. WHY?

    Why? To say that the Holocaust Museum is my favorite of all the museums on the “mall”, is just to strange to actually “say”. The Holocaust Museum is an experience that remains an emotional “standard’. I felt like I was being carried when I walked out, it is truely a surreal experience. Only once and never again, its been over 8 years and I can close my eyes and see everything. It to me is a spiritual resting place and absolutely “nothing” should disturb or disrespect it ,beyond “nature”. I am completely disgusted and really “hurt”, this is a place that out of darkness, violence, pain and hate whispers… peace. I remember the black stone and the individual flames that burn at the end, I cried and smiled at the same time. I don’t have to go again, I left with everything I experienced crying and smiling. I never looked at life the same and I never will, again.
    It is a holy place and anyone who disrespects it should not enjoy the PRIVILEDGE of life. I am not evil, but its just EVIL to disturb its peace.

    May, I express my deepest sympathy to all of the families who have lost a love one as a result of the evil that invaded this peaceful place and pray that for those who were terrorized by fear be restored with peace.
    S. Warren

  7. Abeer

    Why is this not being called an act of terrorism? I am sure if a Muslim man did something like that, he or she would be called an Islamic terrorist. It kinda makes me wonder what message our media is trying to put out when it tries to be so negative about one religion but than when someone else does it, they are a racist!

  8. Joe

    Good points. Abeer, I have been asking that too. Why aren’t racist-right shooters and the groups they are linked to called “terrorist,” and discussed constantly in the media as a threat to the country? Where is the in-depth reporting on neo-Nazi groups and their resurgence in recent years? SPLC estimate there are nearly 1000 of these racist-right and related groups now….

  9. Paul Brooks

    This is just horrible. I feel terribly for the family of Mr. Johns, and hope they can get through this. Wakes up in the morning and goes out to put in an honest day’s work, and then this waste of skin takes him out….Brutal…..


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