Thomas Caffall, Texas A&M shooter, was a Michele Bachmann supporter
On Monday, Thomas Caffall opened fire on an officer approaching his College Station, Texas house to serve an eviction notice, killing him. In an ensuing gun battle, a civilian and Caffall himself were shot and killed, bringing the total death toll to three, and four others were left injured.
An examination of Caffall's colorful Facebook page reveals, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the 35-year-old had an obsession with guns, especially ones from the former Soviet bloc. He also had a passion for conservative politics and last year endorsed Michele Bachmann for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
[By the end of 2010, Caffall] had liked both Bristol and Sarah Palin, pistol-makers Beretta, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, the Tea Party Patriots, and a group battling for repeal of Obamacare. (He later shifted his presidential allegiance to Michelle Bachmann; coincidentally, the cop he killed shared that last name.)...
In 2011 Caffall moved to College Station and his gun fetish kicked into high gear, starting with the purchase of a huge Soviet Red Army carbine. Caffall noted that if he fixed the bayonet, the rifle was almost as tall as he was. He also bought two boxes of ammo and told the world he would be at the firing range as much as he could. He later lovingly burnished the stock of this rifle with pine tar and used the finished product as his profile pic.
Last June, Caffall proudly showed off another new purchase: a Czech assault rifle.
For such a red-ass patriot, he sure seemed to have a thing for Commie weaponry. And then there was his love of George Orwell. He quoted the ardently socialist Brit twice: "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act," and more ominously, "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
After news broke that Caffall was responsible for the third mass shooting in the United States in the last month, the Huffington Post got some reaction from his family.
[Linda] Weaver, his mother, said she had been estranged from her son over the past several months. She said he had not visited her after she became seriously ill.
"We are just devastated," Weaver said. "He's been very deeply troubled."
She added that she was horrified at the loss of life. "If you're going to commit suicide, why take all these other people with you?" she said.
In an interview with KPRC, a local television station, Caffall's stepfather, Richard Weaver, said Caffall was a "ticking time bomb" who quit his job nine months ago and vowed never to work again.
"He was crazy as hell," Weaver said. "At one point, we were afraid that he was going to come up here and do something to his mother and me."
His fondness for Michele Bachmann aside, Caffall's tale is another tragic example of how the mixture of guns and craziness can lead to horrific consequences.
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