The Las Vegas Gun Rampage That Facebook Should Have Seen Coming (IMAGES)

Jerad and Amanda Miller, who murdered two police officers and a citizen in a Las Vegas shooting rampage. Image from Amanda's Facebook page.

Jerad and Amanda Miller, who murdered two police officers and a citizen in a Las Vegas shooting rampage. Image from Amanda’s Facebook page.

A couple, armed with one shotgun and four handguns, knives, 200 rounds of ammunition, first aid supplies, camouflage clothing and military rations entered a Las Vegas Walmart and a CiCi’s Pizza on Monday and went on a shooting spree which ended with the lives of two police officers and a citizen.

Americana was once epitomized by the unarmed sheriff Andy Taylor in the “Andy Griffith Show.” Today’s “patriots” are creating their own vision – one that’s anti-government, extremely paranoid, heavily armed and very pro-violence. Jared (31) and Amanda (22) Miller are part of this dystopian Americana, and Facebook, which was a portal to many of their rants, chose to ignore the warning signs.

If you’ve ever reported a post to Facebook for being graphic or violent, odds are, you’ve seen a notice like this:

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Personally, I’ve reported several instances of blatant racism, graphic and violent content, and I’ve gotten a similar notice each and every time. One of our editors received such a notice after reporting an anti-Muslim image that showed decapitated children. Apparently, that image wasn’t graphic or violent enough to offend Facebook’s standards.

On the other hand, I’ve been temporarily banned from Facebook for posting an image of men holding up a sign saying, “Rednecks for Obama.”

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There have also been numerous stories of people being banned for posting an image of a breastfeeding woman.

What were these posts that Facebook deemed not-quite-violent-enough?

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Miller’s rants read like the ramblings of oh-so-many who belong to our nation’s growing mass gun murderer demographic. Miller was right-wing. He was an Alex Jones fan. He distrusted the police and the government in general. He complained about chem trails and about the New World Order. He was even interviewed at the Bundy ranch, alluding to the fact that he was prepared to open gunfire on the government, if the government opened gunfire on them. Here’s the video:

Of course, the signs started well before then. Alex Jones, who seems to believe that President Obama has nothing better to do than orchestrate elaborate fake shootings, thinks this one is also a fake, but Jones could have reported Miller over two years ago, when Miller wrote to Jones’ InfoWars site, pondering the killing of cops.

That patriots like me could be resting under the boot of tyrants, and as i plead for help from my fellow americans they just walk on by. All the while thinking, at least its not happening to me. Yet, the sad thing is, it is happening to them. So, do I kill cops and make a stand when they come to get me? I would prefer to die than sit in their jail, when I have done nothing to hurt anyone.

Sometime after that, Miller released this video, which ranks somewhere between creepy and terrifying, in which he, as the Batman villain, the Joker fantasizes about becoming a tyrannical President. Here it is:

Gun nuts will often tell us that it’s not the guns – it’s the mental health system, and they are partly right. However, as long as institutions such as Facebook and public figures such as Alex Jones ignore such obviously dangerous people, there will continue to be more mass killings – but there will be fewer images of women feeding their babies – because, apparently, that’s what Facebook really finds offensive.