Tea Party Assassin Runs Amok In Lafayette!

By Ben Howling


There Must Have Been Something In The Tea

Another incident has occurred which proves the only people who should have guns are the police, the military, and Blacks and Hispanics who need to defend themselves from overt racist acts. Maybe the LGBTQ community, too? I haven’t really decided that one yet, because many in that community are white, and white people should not have guns. They just use them to kill innocent Blacks like Trayvon Martin, or the nine Blacks in Charleston a few weeks ago. And use them to protect their White Privilege. But I digress! Back to the story. This is from the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Law enforcement officials say John Russell Houser is the lone gunman responsible for opening fire in a Lafayette movie theater, killing two people and injuring nine others Thursday night (July 23). He also fatally shot himself.

What we know so far about the shooter from authorities and witnesses:

• Identified as John Russell Houser. Went by “Rusty.”

• 59-year-old man.

• He is from Phenix City, Ala., and has been staying in a Lafayette motel since early July. Described as a “drifter.”

• He bought a ticket for the movie and watched 20 minutes before opening fire. He fired at least 13 times.

• He started the rampage by shooting the two people sitting in front of him. They have been identified as 33-year-old Jillian Johnson and 21-year-old Mayci Breaux.

• His actions seemed “random.” Read the witness account here.

• “He wasn’t saying anything” during the shooting.

• The gunman initially tried escaping by blending into the fleeing crowd, but turned back when he saw police heading inside from the parking lot.

• Officers tailing him back into the theater heard a single gunshot and found him dead inside.

• Authorities searched a motel room they believed he might have been staying in. They found wigs, glasses and disguises in the room.

• He was not wearing a disguise in the theater.

• Police believe the gunman fired shots only at the theater and had not waged an attack anywhere else beforehand.

• He was driving a blue Lincoln Continental. It was parked outside the theater by the exit door and police believe he had planned to escape after the shooting. Police saw something suspicious inside the car during their investigation. A bomb-sniffing dog “hit on three different locations” in the vehicle, “so out of an abundance of caution we brought in the bomb squad.”

• He ran for a political office in Georgia but withdrew from the race after he was accused of stealing an opponent’s yard signs.

• Tweeted support for the Westboro Baptist Church.

• Identified as a member of the Tea Party, according to his online postings.


There is more at the link, including information about his past mental problems. But that information is not needed, because one point above says it all:

Identified as a member of the Tea Party, according to his online postings.

Need anyone say more? Obviously he had mental problems if he was a member of the Tea Party! This is the second person in a few weeks who has been driven crazy by right-wing rhetoric. First it was Dylann Roof, and now it is John Houser! I will be writing more about this as time goes by. But I am afraid, very afraid, that all the hostile and micro-agressive hate speech spewed by people like Rush Limbaugh and FOXNews has finally begin sending people over the edge!

Lock your doors!

Ben Howling

FootNote: The image is Richard Widmark from the 1950 noir film, No Way Out. This was Sidney Poiter’s first film! The subject matter of the film relates to this article, as wiki notes:

No Way Out is a 1950 black-and-white American film noir[1] directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally and Sidney Poitier (in his feature film debut), who portrays a doctor tending to slum residents whose ethics are tested when confronted with racism, personified by Richard Widmark as the hateful robber Ray Biddle.[2]

My thanks (and kudos!) to Penelope Dreadful and Sacks Roamer, the Unknown Blogger, for choosing this image! I never heard of this film. But is is available on youtube in its entirety:

About Penelope Dreadful

An attorney, with a rye sense of humor.
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4 Responses to Tea Party Assassin Runs Amok In Lafayette!

  1. Paul C. Schulte says:

    Sidney Poitier’s first role is as a walk-on in Sepia Cinderella.


  2. Pingback: Tea Party Assassin Runs Amok In Lafayette! | Tea Party News

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