WV Shooter Was Infowars Fan, Cheered on Malheur Occupiers
Erick Shute took out three neighbors with an assault-style weapon earlier this week in West Virginia, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference to a media and politics obsessed with brown people who practice Islam.
Shute was not a nice person, and he was definitely what we here at Crooks and Liars would describe as a right wing zealot with a mission. According to Mark Pitcavage at the ADL, Shute had been an adherent to the three main wings of right wing extremism: The ‘sovereign citizen’ movement, the anti-tax movement, and the patriot movement.
It is the patriot movement which he was most recently associated with.
In recent years, however, Shute seems to have identified most strongly with the ideas of the militia movement. The militia movement believes that the federal government is collaborating with a “New World Order” globalist conspiracy to strip Americans of their rights and enslave them. Subsidiary conspiracy theories emanating from the movement include a belief that the federal government is planning to round up citizens and place them in internment or concentration camps; a belief that the government is plotting to suspend the Constitution and declare martial law, perhaps on a pretext such as a terrorist attack or pandemic; and that the government will engage in mass gun confiscations—among others.