“A Texas man accused of opening fire outside a Dallas courthouse uploaded right-wing memes to Facebook, including memes about Nazism and the Confederacy.
Authorities said Brian Clyde, 22, attacked the Earle Cabell federal courthouse Monday morning before law enforcement killed him. No one else was reported injured. A Dallas Morning News photograph of Clyde shows him holding a semi-automatic rifle and wearing a belt full of ammunition. He appears to have uploaded to his Facebook page a picture of similar magazines on Saturday. Elsewhere on the page, he shared memes, some of which suggested racist or misogynist views.
Authorities did not offer a possible motive for Clyde’s rampage and declined to comment on his social media presence.
Wearing a ski mask and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest, Clyde reportedly opened fire on bystanders near the courthouse parking lot. He then reportedly fired on the building, shattering the glass front doors. Police later detonated what they described as a suspicious device in the car Clyde parked nearby.
Last week, Clyde uploaded a Facebook video suggesting plans with a gun.
“I don’t know how much longer I have, but a storm is coming. However, I’m not without defense,” he said in the brief video, pulling out a rifle. “I’m fuckin’ ready. Let’s do it.” …
I must have missed this.
I was chatting with a friend this afternoon who told me about this attempted mass shooting in Texas. Apparently, the shooter was killed after opening fire and shattering the glass door at the Earle Cabell Federal Building. No one else was hurt during the shooting.
As with John Earnest in California, this is another example of someone who clearly didn’t know what the hell he was doing, but this time all the shooter accomplished was getting himself killed. He didn’t make so much as a blip in the 24/7 cable news cycle due to the lack of body bags.
Clyde has already been sent down the memory hole faster than the Virginia Beach Shooter and the UNCC Shooter. There have been other shooters since Earnest in April, but they were similarly so unremarkable that no one even noticed or likely remembers that they occurred a month later. As I told Joachim Hoch, none of these shooters accomplish anything and they all blend together now as one big blur. A week later, no one will care why this guy essentially chose to commit suicide because there will be a different attention seeking fanatic who will go out and do another shooting.
“I don’t know how much longer I have, but a storm is coming. However, I’m not without defense. I’m fuckin’ ready. Let’s do it.”
Clearly, he wasn’t ready.
Clyde thought the gun in his hands made him powerful, but in reality it just made him dumb, reckless and overconfident and now he is dead. The state has no problem dealing with people like Clyde. There have been dozens of these shootings since the 1980s. Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Instead of sparking a revolution, he killed off the Patriot movement in the 1990s. Norway responded to Anders Breivik by singing Lillebjoern Nilsen’s “Children of the Rainbow.” In my experience, 90% of mass shooters end up more like Glenn Miller or Clyde than Breivik and Stephen Paddock and none of them advance their political agenda. They all simply flame out.
If I have missed something in the last decade of watching these people and writing about the trend, feel free to let me know in the comments. I can’t think of a single mass shooting that has been politically successful. The end result of all them has been death, prison or oblivion.