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Jerad Miller, a felon and reported advocate of crystal meth use who — along with his wife, Amanda, fatally shot two Las Vegas police officers and an armed citizen who tried to intervene on Sunday — is anything but the patriotic Constitutionalist he purportedly fancied himself. Rather, Miller was a miscreant abandoned by his family — likely due to behavioral issues stemming from his drug of choice — who, grasping for something to be a part of, was infatuated with the most extreme conspiracies that plague the far-right in America.
Unfortunately, little has been noted in the media of the deeply troubled individuals the Millers were, even as an hour’s worth of piecing together evidence about the two provides an exemplary illustration of a couple most Americans wouldn’t want to have as neighbors.
Instead, the meme adopted by most network media outlets is that provided by the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center, which didn’t waste a moment pinning the Millers’ repugnant actions on an entire group of Americans who wholeheartedly agree with the Constitutional principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — three things the deranged couple denied their victims.
We can’t expect agenda-driven provocateurs to focus on anything that doesn’t fit the agenda they seek. For the SPLC, that agenda entails anti-2nd Amendment activism and the demonization of anyone who has a modicum of distrust for government. Because the group serves as a sort of go-to for media wanting to discuss what the Millers did, Americans can also not expect to get the whole story solely from the major news networks.
The SPLC and mainstream media have focused on the fact that the shooters were present at Cliven Bundy’s ranch earlier in the year as he quarreled with Federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management; they’ve noted that the Millers were fond of calling themselves “patriots” and spouting revolution rhetoric on their social media profiles; they’ve noted that the two criticized government overreach and supported patriot and Constitution advocates from across the Nation; and they’ve attempted to implicate Constitution-friendly public officials like Constitutional Sheriffs founder Richard Mack and David VanDerBeek, a gubernatorial candidate for the Independent American Party of Nevada.
In short, the message is that the Millers weren’t unlike any other freedom-loving Americans who defer first to the U.S. Constitution. To the SPLC, any conservative is likely to be the next person shooting innocent people in a shopping center in an effort to spark a new American revolution.
But here are a few facts that the SPLC and the talking heads who’ve sought its input are ignoring.
The Millers were asked to leave Bundy’s ranch because of their bizarre behavior.
Via The Associated Press:
Ammon Bundy told The Associated Press that Jerad and Amanda Miller were asked to leave his father’s ranch after being there for a few days this spring.
He said that while details were still sketchy, the Millers’ conduct was the problem. He called the couple “very radical” and said they did not “align themselves” with the protest’s main issues.
“Not very many people were asked to leave,” he said. “I think they may have been the only ones.”
Jerad Miller was a criminal who disobeyed existing gun laws.
Also from the AP:
Jerad Miller, 31, was convicted of felony vehicle theft in Washington state, police said. He also had a criminal record in Indiana.
Conservative candidates had turned down the Millers’ offers to volunteer on campaigns because their psychological problems were obvious.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported:
Gordon Martines, a former Las Vegas police detective and candidate for Clark County sheriff, said Jerad and Amanda Miller, who died in an apparent suicide pact after the shooting rampage, tried to become involved in his campaign months ago. They began showing up for debates and campaign events so often that they were noticed.
They freely offered all the resources available to them, Martines said, which struck him as odd because he didn’t see any reason why they would be such strong backers.
Martines checked into the couple. When he discovered that Jerad Miller had a criminal history that included DUI, assault, theft and mischief charges, he asked the Millers to back off.
“I said, ‘Look, I appreciate your support but I can’t be associated in any way, shape or form with you,’ ” Martines said. He noted that from the start, there was something strange about Jerad Miller. Though he couldn’t immediately identify what it was, his gut feeling was to keep them at arm’s length.
“After a while, you can just smell it,” Martines said of the couple and their strange presence. Looking back, he said he suspects the Millers wanted to be associated with a long-time law enforcement official to add to their credibility and access to the department.
Even after the candidate told the two that he didn’t want their help, they reportedly persisted.
Jerad Miller — and likely his wife — regularly used crystal meth.
VanDerBeek, the conservative Nevada gubernatorial candidate, described the Millers as “polite and friendly,” but also noted that there was something off about the couple in an interview with Daily Mail. The candidate, who is also a licensed counselor, described the two — whom he recalled meeting on at least five occasions — as “sick human beings who should have been locked up” long before.
VanDerBeek also noted that Jerad Miller was a “crystal meth user obsessed over the belief that all recreational drugs should be legalized,” according to the article.
The candidate’s claim is corroborated by an interview with one of the Millers’ neighbors published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Residents of the Bruce Street apartment complex gathered outside the building to talk about the couple whose unit was being searched.
Several neighbors identified the man as Jared, while one called the woman Amanda.
Like many of the neighbors contacted, Krista Koch said she didn’t know the couple’s last names. She described them as “militant.” They talked about planning to kill police officers, “going underground” and not coming out until the time was right to kill.
Brandon Monroe, 22, has lived in the complex for about two weeks. He said the man who lived in the apartment that was being searched often rambled about conspiracy theories. He often wore camouflage or dressed as Peter Pan to work as a Fremont Street Experience street performer. A woman lived with him, Monroe said, but he didn’t see her as often.
They were weird people, Monroe said, adding that he thought the couple used methamphetamine.
If you still aren’t convinced that Millers were drug-addled freaks whose actions were sparked by their addictions, watch a few minutes of the video below. It was reportedly taken last year before Jerad Miller was scheduled to go to prison for a drug conviction.
Anyone who has been forced to deal with a drug-addicted friend or relative can quickly point out some of the more obvious indicators of Miller’s substance issues: his unfettered and often-misplaced emotional outbursts, his propensity for blaming others for his problems, his incoherent rambling and visions of a “f*ck the world” future in which everything will miraculously fall into place.
Given the facts that have been conveniently ignored by the SPLC and its adherents, the Millers’ violent rampage had little to do with American Constitutionalists. It was a product of mental illness and the paranoia that results from methamphetamine abuse.