Two Utah residents were present at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on June 10th, 2009 at the time an 89-year-old political dissident identified as a "white supremacist" shot and killed a guard and wounded a second before being shot himself. Note: Since this post, KTVX Channel 4 has picked up this story.
Katrina Rougelot and her daughter Miranda, identified as visiting from Salt Lake City, Utah in this source, were in the basement of the Museum and had just walked into a movie theatre when the gunfire began. "She thought it was part of the movie," Rougelot said, referring to her daughter. "And the next thing we know this lady is coming in just crying and she is grabbing us and she's saying, 'Run, run! There's a shooter, there's a shooter!'" Afterwards, according to NECN, Rougelot said, "...everybody started panicking, they closed all the doors, we couldn't get out of this room, and it seemed like an eternity that we were locked in there." Both Rougelot and her daughter escaped unharmed.
I also tracked down a YouTube video featuring an ABC News interview of the two:
To recap the event, at approximately 1:00 P.M., an 88-year-old World War II hero who had become embittered towards the Federal government and had embraced white supremacism out of frustration with the perversion of the American civil rights movement and its re-direction from empowerment to entitlement entered the Holocaust Museum and began firing a rifle. James W. Von Brunn shot one guard, 39-year-old Stephen Tyrone Johns, who died of his injuries in hospital later in the afternoon. Von Brunn in turn was shot in the head and critically wounded; he remains hospitalized. A third person was superficially injured by shards of flying glass. Witnesses report hearing anywhere from three to five shots fired. Ironically, the shooting comes just two days before the birthday of Holocaust icon Anne Frank. One must wonder why Von Brunn decided to commit such an act at the age of 88. Was his intent to commit one final grand act of defiance against "ZOG" before giving up the ghost?
Von Brunn operated the HolyWesternEmpire.org website, which may be permanently off line now. If the site is off line, click HERE for the Wayback version last updated Feb 2008. In addition, they identify Von Brunn is the author of a pamphlet entitled "Kill the Best Gentiles: A new, hard-hitting exposé of the JEW CONSPIRACY to destroy the White gene-pool." He is a Holocaust revisionist who wrote on Arsenal of Hypocrisy that Hitler's worse mistake was that he didn't gas the Jews.
Von Brunn has been in previous trouble with the law. In 1981 Von Brunn attempted to place the Federal Reserve Board of Governors under legal, non-violent, citizens arrest. He was tried and convicted of attempted kidnapping in a Washington, D.C. Superior Court, and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment, ultimately serving 6.5 years.
Additional reaction has been posted by a wide variety of partisan sources, to include the ADL, the SPLC, Stormfront, and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
Holocaust commemoration has become big business in the United States. We now have 25 Holocaust museums on American soil, a bit surprising since the Holocaust did not take place on American soil. Some are located in seemingly logical places like New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, and Tampa, which are either national power centers and/or have significant Jewish populations. Yet some are in some rather obscure places, like Terre Haute, IN and El Paso, TX. El Paso? The only Holocaust you could get in El Paso is if you cross over to Juarez and drink the water.
Twenty-five Holocaust museums in the United States. Zero museums commemorating the 50 million victims of Roe v. Wade. What does that tell you about our priorities?