Red Flags of Potential Violence: White Supremacist Kills 4 People and Himself
Yesterday an Arizona man and former leader of the Arizona Neo Nazi movement killed 4 people, including a 15-month-old toddler, before turning the gun on himself. This tragedy is officially being labeled "domestic violence" and authorities are attempting to understand his motive for the shooting rampage. What strikes me is how many red flags and warning signs there were that could have predicted this type of violent behavior. In fact, the FBI sent in a task force to aide in the investigation which signals to me that this man was probably on many government watch lists.
Jason "JT" Ready is believed to be a white supremacist and was a founding member of the "U.S. Border Guard" – a non-government sanctioned group that advocates using deadly force against illegal immigrants and often patrolled the US/Mexico border. Ready was also running for Pinal County Sherriff.
Check out the "JT Ready for Sherriff Facebook Page"
The self proclaimed Neo-Nazi had been very outspoken about his extreme beliefs and it’s been reported that he had increasingly bizarre behavior in the past few months. He had been interviewed on local TV several times and on one of these interviews he showed his large collection of high-powered weapons.
Just this week I presented a webinar on "Workplace Violence: Warning Signs, Red Flags & What Puts You at Risk!" Here are some of the Red Flags I talked about that also apply to the JT Ready Tragedy:
• Fantasizing about weapons or fanatical about collecting military assault weapons
• Fascination with violent incidents
• Being a member of a hate group or underground militia
• Obsession with law enforcement, military, or military groups
• Hate issues with authority figures like supervisors, managers or government officials
• Ongoing bullying and intimidating behavior
• Overall Bizarre Behavior - Someone suddenly becoming extremely distrusting or obsessive in their thoughts or conversations
• History of domestic violence
• Extreme suspicion or paranoia
• Using social media to post outrageous claims, extreme political views and to spew hatred
Read the Full Story: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/03/gunman-in-arizona-murder-suicide-believed-to-be-far-right-extremist/#ixzz1tpl6JHzZ
Make sure your employees understand the warning signs and red flags of potential violence and free to call me at (623) 242-8797 to explore in-person or virtual training to help keep your people safe.