A year before he murdered two police officers and a bystander in Las Vegas, a groggy Jerad Miller took to YouTube to claim the founding fathers would have loved assault weapons.
With Metallica's "Don't Tread on Me" blaring in the background, Miller—who appears sleepy or intoxicated in the video—offers a slow, impassioned and at times incoherent defense of personal weapons ownership, up to and including an "M-1 Abrams tank" for those who can afford it:
If we were to go back in time and hand George Washington an AK-47, he would have immediately took it apart, reverse-engineered it, and mass produced it for his own troops… I guarantee you the AK-47 would be on our own flag. So for those people out there who ask, Why do you need an assault rifle? There's your reason...
I don't wanna classify everybody who thinks gun control is a good idea as a liberal, because Hitler was not a liberal. Mao wasn't a liberal. Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, these people were not liberals. They were dictators.
It's such a tragedy that Americans believe other Americans shouldn't be allowed to own guns... Without the Second Amendment, there is no free speech. Think about it.
After shooting the two officers and before killing each other, Miller and his wife Amanda shot and killed 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas, a law-abiding concealed-firearm carrier, who confronted them as they ran armed into a local Walmart.