White Nationalist Arrested for Threatening to shoot up Jewish Centre

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  1. Don W profile image80
    Don Wposted 22 months ago

    "Ohio White Nationalist Arrested After Threatening to Shoot Up Jewish Community Center"

    "A 20-year-old from Ohio who police say has self-identified as a white nationalist was arrested Saturday after reportedly making threats against a Jewish community center in Youngstown

    As soon as they began investigating, law enforcement officials found Reardon’s social media feeds were filled with racist content. “There were several videos that he posted on Instagram where he used a lot of derogatory remarks towards the Jewish community, and the African-American community, things of that nature,” New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said.

    The Youngstown Police Department and the FBI executed a search warrant at the home of Reardon’s mother on Saturday and confiscated two AR-15s, a rifle with a bayonet, a .40-caliber antitank gun, knives, a gas mask, a bulletproof vest, and lots of ammo. Police also found anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.
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    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/201 … enter.html

    ".40-caliber antitank gun". Is that a normal thing to have?

    1. GA Anderson profile image91
      GA Andersonposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      I think there is some confusion here Don. Not with you, but with the ".40-caliber antitank gun" description.

      First, a Google search finds .40-caliber antitank gun to be 40mm anti-tank guns. But that is wrong. .40 caliber equates to a 10mm rifle barrel.

      So, instead of this:
      https://hubstatic.com/14646394_f1024.jpg
      as an image of a 20mm, (twice .40 caliber), anti-tank weapon . . .

      We get one of these, (actual weapons confiscated from this man);
      https://hubstatic.com/14646396.jpg

      I don't know which of those weapons is the anti-tank gun, but none match the image conjured up by ".40 caliber anti-tank gun. But I have to consider that whoever described one of them as an anti-tank gun might be using a bit of Trumpian hyperbole.

      But even so, it looks like this was a good catch by law enforcement.

      GA

      1. Don W profile image80
        Don Wposted 22 months agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the clarification. I'm so glad it didn't mean an anti-tank gun of the two-wheeled variety like I've seen in WWII movies. I'm not really a gun person, but I do find them fascinating. I wonder if that's a male thing. I know there are women who shoot, but the fascination for guns seems to be an especially male fascination.

  2. IslandBites profile image90
    IslandBitesposted 22 months ago

    https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190818121956-james-patrick-reardon-mugshot-exlarge-169.jpg

    The man accused of threatening to shoot up a Jewish community center in Youngstown, Ohio, once appeared in a documentary on the Unite the Right rally, where he acknowledged being a white nationalist, police say.

    New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio confirmed it is James Reardon, then 18, who appears in the 2017 National Geographic documentary about the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    "I want a homeland for white people, and I think every race should have a homeland," Reardon said.

    "We need someplace that can be a white homeland or we will be bred out," he said.

    1. profile image0
      PrettyPantherposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      These people are genuinely scary. And those who minimize their recent resurgence are almost as scary, because these white nationalists must be shamed and not excused, minimized, and emboldened.

      1. GA Anderson profile image91
        GA Andersonposted 22 months agoin reply to this

        They need to be more than just shamed Sandy. Folks like this guy need to be removed from our society.

        GA

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          PrettyPantherposted 22 months agoin reply to this

          Can't argue with that. However, white nationalists and neo-Nazis are now openly demonstrating in our streets, seemingly no longer ashamed to show their faces. They used to wear hoods. What changed?

          1. crankalicious profile image93
            crankaliciousposted 22 months agoin reply to this

            Even white nationalists have a right to express themselves, but once we normalize that sort of opinion and allow it into the mainstream, we're in trouble. That's seems to be what's happening now. The KKK has always been around and always demonstrated, but now web sites featuring white nationalism have become mainstream.

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              PrettyPantherposted 22 months agoin reply to this

              Yes, and to me, this is an ominous shift that should worry all good people. Instead, it seems some are minimizing this cultural shift for political reasons.

              1. crankalicious profile image93
                crankaliciousposted 22 months agoin reply to this

                Agreed. In another forum I made a comment about race and was taken to task for it.

                For those on the right, the left makes race an issue where it shouldn't be an issue.

                For those on the left, the right minimizes race issues at every turn.

                I think there's truth to both perspectives, but I think issues of race still persist in our country and dramatically impact the daily lives of non-whites.

          2. Credence2 profile image81
            Credence2posted 22 months agoin reply to this

            What changed?

            Trump is the variable, the random element, that has been added to this equation. He has given tacit permission for these cockroaches to come scurrying from their respective corners. We haven't seen anything at this magnitude 10 years ago.

            Our leader, instead of encouraging and bringing out the best is inspiring the very worse among us to take liberties that they did not take before.

            It is part of an all American psyche that has always been there like a burning cauldron, with the relative calm on top being the "veneer of progress" We all have been working to keep the lid on the pot, and I actually believed that most of demons associated with "the pot" have been excised, until now.

            The Right has spent more time making excuses and being in denial than acknowledging what is clearly before anyone that have two working eyes. Look at how many and how virulent and frequent?

            These aren't drooling creeps, but the kinds of ordinary people you would not look at twice in Charlottesville VA, for example. Doctors, lawyers responsible business people, they are not representative of the loathsome types that were at the forefront of these bigoted and fascist oriented groups in the past. That is what is making this current resurgence so much more dangerous.

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              PrettyPantherposted 22 months agoin reply to this

              I agree with your take on what has changed and I am hoping more and more good people will wake up and see it.

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        promisemposted 22 months agoin reply to this

        That's hard to do when Trump and his supporters, including some people on here, keep insisting there is no such thing as white nationalism and right-wing violence.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image61
          Randy Godwinposted 22 months agoin reply to this

          Listened to an interview with a NY republican senator this morning. He refused to say what the 100 round magazines were good for and why anyone needed such. Naturally, he gets big bucks from the NRA. Hope he's voted out next election.

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            promisemposted 22 months agoin reply to this

            You're a hunter, right? Don't you need a 100-round clip to shoot a duck?  wink

            1. Randy Godwin profile image61
              Randy Godwinposted 22 months agoin reply to this

              No Scott, no one needs a 100 round clip unless they're going to war. It's simply dumb to allow such to be sold to the ordinary citizen, but as we know, there are a lot of ignorant people wanting to own such firepower.

              1. wilderness profile image96
                wildernessposted 22 months agoin reply to this

                Although I'm not in favor of 100 round clips, I'm not sure I remember anything about "shall not be infringed" means that a second person must find I have a "need" for a right before I can exercise that right.

                We don't "need" 6,000 behemoth SUV's screaming down our roads at 80 MPH either, but we sure have them.  And I suspect they kill far more people than 100 round clips do.

                1. Randy Godwin profile image61
                  Randy Godwinposted 22 months agoin reply to this

                  So you're equating SUV's with intentional murders? When the 2nd amendment was written nukes weren't mentioned either, Dan. Does this mean we should be able to own nukes for our personal protection, or that militias can own them? Where exactly do you think the line should be drawn?

    2. GA Anderson profile image91
      GA Andersonposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Yep, a nutcase for sure. I think he would fit Live to Learn's Bill Maher description.

      GA

    3. Don W profile image80
      Don Wposted 22 months agoin reply to this

      Another one of the "very fine people" who was protesting at Charlottesville.

      1. aware profile image69
        awareposted 22 months agoin reply to this

        One of the 30 people you mean

 
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