Southwest Loon Watch: the Arizona Edition

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Three people have been arrested for a southern Arizona home invasion that left a 9 year girl and her father dead. The trio have ties to Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group based in Washington state.

Jason Eugene Bush, 34, Shawna Forde, 41, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and other charges, said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, AZ..

The three allegedly dressed as law enforcement officers and forced their way into a home about 10 miles north of the Mexican border in the rural town of Arivaca on May 30, wounding a woman and fatally shooting her husband and their 9-year-old daughter.

Forde is the leader of Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group, and Bush, who goes by the nickname “Gunny” and is its operations director, according to the group’s Web site. Forde is from Everett, WA,and has recently been living in Arizona and was once associated with the better known and larger Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

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10 Responses to Southwest Loon Watch: the Arizona Edition

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    A lot of my friends support the Minutemen because they’re committed to securing the state’s border with Mexico. The border situation is a huge problem in Arizona.

    I know a lot of people on the left don’t like hearing this but the fact is, at least half the illegals who cross over into the U.S. from Mexico have criminal backgrounds, including murder. Why should we be forced to accommodate murderers My Hispanic neighbors are afraid of this criminal element.

    But the three Minutemen arrested are killers and worst of all, they killed a child. A 9 year old. This is appalling and inhumane. Their actions have nothing to do with border control.

  2. Peace Nick says:

    Few things enrage people more than the death of a child.

    The Minutemen have become every bit as radical and unlawful as a white supremacist group. They now reside on the Feds terrorist watch list and for good reason.

  3. libhomo says:

    Arizona: The claim that half the illegal immigrants in Arizona have criminal backgrounds is silly. You should be more skeptical about things manufactured by the rightist noise machine.

  4. bradfrmphnx says:

    As an Arizonan I understand all too well what having an open and porous border can do. While not attempting to justify the actions of these three criminals, the illegals flooding into our state have wreaked untold havoc and grief. The many good Hispanics who came here legally, and are valued members of our society, are made less by those who come here illegally.

    The Minutemen have been a mistake since their inception, and have been denounced by all law enforcement in AZ. While I don’t support the death penalty because of its costs, I’m glad its there in this state for these three murderers. And make no mistake, they will get the death penalty and it will be enforced in 16-20 years.

    Shamefull and sad when a child is murdered…but we are used to it in AZ where a child is beaten to death, on average, every six days. The shamefull part for this state is that in the worst budget woes for our state’s history, we are cutting funding for Child Protective Services. An entity already operating on a threadbare budget.

    But what do you expect from a state that is overun with red neck right wing zealots? Shamefull doesn’t begin to describe it for me. Shamefull is when good people are ridiculed and shouted over by those who think that the actions of these three were “patriotic.” In AZ they wear the badge of LOON with a grin on their face.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    The flow of people to the developed world, whether the U.S., or the EU, or Australia, is almost always driven by jobs. Now that the U.S. is in recession, the number of people coming in from Mexico has gone down. What this nutcase Minuteman trio did in Arizona is about as low as it gets. They killed a child.

  6. Estacada says:

    As far as I’m concerned, the Minutemen are domestic terrorists.

    They impersonated law enforcement, entered a private residency under false pretenses and murdered two people.

    The people involved should be prosecuted and charged accordingly.

  7. TOM339 says:

    The country is being held hostage by right-wing extremist groups and lone wolfs.

    The killer of Dr. George Tiller acted alone and this is precisely what the Napolitano report targeted as one the most grave threats to country and the rule of law.

    The Holocaust museum shooter holds views so radical that he was booted off the Stormfront blog. Stormfront is one nuttiest hate groups.

    According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, every state in the country is home to hate groups who oppose minorities, immigrants, gays and Jews. These groups perpetrate terror and every American should be concerned about the growing proliferation of these groups.

    Why did Janet Napolitano agree to apologize for Homeland Security’s report on this subject? What is wrong with the Obama administration? Don’t they realize when you buckle to the crackpots on the far right, you’re giving them license to kill abortion doctors or immigrants?

    President Obama needs to speak to the country in primetime and forcefully explain to the American public that we are better than this. The problem of extremist behavior and hate groups is spinning out of control.

  8. Shaw Kenawe says:

    Why wasn’t Jon Voight arrested after he said this at a GOP fund raiser?:

    We need to “bring an end to this false prophet Obama.”

    How exactly does Voight suggest we bring this end to Mr. Obama?

    Imagine the howls from the Right if, say, Sean Penn had said that about Dubya at a fund raiser.

  9. Robster says:

    Did you read Crooks & Liars? These three might be connected with a similar home invasion in Shasta Lake, CA earlier this month.

    I’m sure others will come to light. They always do.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    I have a small history (by no means exhaustive) up about these “patriotic” robbers/child murderers up right now. I may explore it to some detail soon.

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