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May 2, 2012

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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