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May 2, 2012 5

Arizona White Supremacist And Border Vigilante J.T. Ready Identified As Perpetrator In Mass Shooting

Update: The Anti-Defamation League has uncov­ered Ready’s final on-line mes­sages, reveal­ing that, even in the final hours before he took his own life and the lives of those clos­est to him, he was busy spew­ing hatred and anti-Semitism. 

The Ari­zona Repub­lic reported on May 2 that the per­pe­tra­tor behind a shock­ing mass shoot­ing in Gilbert, Ari­zona, was J. T. Ready, a promi­nent neo-Nazi and bor­der vig­i­lante activist.  Ready report­edly shot and killed four peo­ple, includ­ing his girl­friend and an infant child, before killing him­self as well.

Infor­ma­tion is still emerg­ing about the shoot­ing inci­dent itself, which will make head­lines in the Phoenix area for weeks to come, but what is cer­tain about J. T. Ready is his noto­ri­ous past.  For almost a decade, J. T. Ready has been sig­nif­i­cant as a key nexus between the white suprema­cist move­ment and the extreme wing of the anti-immigration move­ment, able to move freely within both spheres.

J. T. Ready stepped onto the pub­lic stage in 2004 as an anti-immigration activist, asso­ci­ated with Ari­zona State Sen­a­tor Rus­sell Pearce as well as the bor­der vig­i­lante Min­ute­man Project. His abil­ity to gain main­stream sup­port suf­fered con­sid­er­ably after April 2007 when the Phoenix New Times and the Anti-Defamation League outed Ready as a white suprema­cist and neo-Nazi. Fol­low­ing this, he became openly involved with the National Social­ist Move­ment, a promi­nent neo-Nazi group.

More recently, Ready parted with the NSM to con­cen­trate more on anti-immigration and bor­der vig­i­lante activ­i­ties, form­ing his own group, the U.S. Bor­der Guard, which con­ducted numer­ous armed vig­i­lante patrols along the Arizona-Mexico bor­der.  These patrols attracted neo-Nazis from as far away as California. 

The Bor­der Guard’s web page promi­nently quotes Ready as say­ing “Some of us have our fin­gers on the trig­gers; Soap box. Bal­lot box. Ammo box. These were given to us by our found­ing fathers and moth­ers.  We have just about depleted the first two options.”

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