Louisiana Movie Theater Gunman Was A Right-Wing Fanatic

Louisiana theater shooter John Russell Houser's profile on the Tea Party Nation forum.

Louisiana theater shooter John Russell Houser’s profile on the Tea Party Nation forum.

It should come as no surprise that the conservative media fails to mention that the man who opened fire in a Lafayette, LA movie theater espoused right-wing views. If you’re really shocked by this, I suggest you head over to the Facebook pages for my local TV stations and take a look at the people who are upset that KATC reported that the shooter had an online presence that mostly consisted of short, far-right rants about liberals.

While these people are angry that KATC is reporting these findings, especially since many of them leave similar rants on social media, there is no doubt that there is a problem with right-wing domestic terrorists here in the United States.


The last thing someone posting as Rusty Houser posted on Facebook was in 2013, when he linked to an article called “A woman’s place in the church and the weak church elder.”

He wrote, “The bible doesn’t ask me to like what it says, only to obey it. Death comes soon to the financially failing filth farm called the US.”

He only had two things liked on Facebook, among them “I hate liberals!”

Police called Houser a drifter and said he had only been in Lafayette since early July.

A man identified as John Russell Houser on Twitter tweeted only twice. He wrote, “If you don’t think the internet is censored, try reading a newspaper from a country that hates liberals the way I do,” in June 2013.

A little earlier, he wrote, “The Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America members not brainwashed.” (Source)

Now, if you head on over to Fox News, you won’t read a word about this, or the fact that Louisiana has the most lax gun laws in the country – or one of the highest gun death rates in the United States. At the time I am writing this, Fox News has a lead story on the Lafayette movie theater shooting, without one mention of his extremist views, even though they are collecting their information from our local news sources.

WLTZ in Alabama confirmed that John Russell Houser was a guest host on a program called “Rise and Shine” that was produced in their studios back in the 1990s, but he was never an employee of the station. He wrote on his Linkedin profile that he “Guest host one day per week for more than 60 episodes. Invited political controversy on every one of them, and loved every minute of it.” Houser also appears to have been a business owner, an accountant and possibly a failed investor. He included his phone number and Gmail address at the bottom of his profile inviting people to contact him, stating “It would be my pleasure to assist you in financial matters or things more important.”

As I’ve said before, our country has a problem with right-wing extremists and the conservative media refuses to admit it exists. The reason is very simple: it’s easy to blame someone who looks different from the audience. Fox News and others like them would go off the air if they were to confront their audience with the fact that people like John Russell Houser look and speak a lot like themselves. Don’t believe me? Just go to the comments below the news story on Fox News and read the rants if you have the stomach for it. That’s all the proof you need.


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  • Michael Davolio

    Yes, let’s talk about the political leanings of the shooter, instead of how easy it was for this lunatic to obtain firearms. Let’s talk about how much he hated liberals, instead of how the NRA enabled him to become a mass murderer. Let’s talk about everything other than how to fix this mess with sensible gun control laws.

    • OMGface

      Both elements are relevant, along with the clearly mentally ill part, and cry out for discussing. Who with half a brain does not decry what marks us here re lust for and availability of guns? What The High Court did re insuring an even steeper slippery slope re guns is yet another element we need to look at and take very seriously.

      Given my take of the founders intention re the second amendment, I would say they are all rotating in their graves.

      • redape

        The problem is that since the late 1700’s-early 1800’s nobody in Congress has passed any laws organizing and regulating the militias (Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution)…except for the more formal National Guard. There is no “discipline” required to bearing a weapon, supposed militia members are not registered within a command, receive no training, no evaluation of psychological or physical fitness, are not informed that they exist solely to “prevent invasion and insurrection” under he Command of the President of the United States and a chain of command down to State appointees who lead local units.

        Recall that Congress calls up the militias, that a single individual is NOT a militia, that organized militias have particular structures, members can be disciplined (presumable barred from the militia, using a weapon, up to and including death for commission of a treasonable offense).

        Militias were called out several times in the early days of the foundation of the Republic, principally to put down armed rebellions by “unregulated militias” (insurrectionist groups).

        Many, ignoring those Constitutional guidelines, seem to think that they are allowed to have an armed uprising to throw of tyranny. The equate their actions as commensurate with the Declaration of Independence. But the Constitution denies this possibility…once a representative Republic is formed one must use the other means made available to alter the government.

      • OMGface

        Brilliant, crucial…..I am in yr debt and so should anyone here with even half a brain who chases truth ongoing… and some emotional health, be. Most telling thing re this last tragedy, despite the shooter’s horrific by any measure, documented history, while he was denied the CONCEALED carry permit he APPLIED for, does just that not make yr head explode, thaqt he applied for one of those?—-in Alabama, he still qualified to BUY A GUN LEGALLY. He bought the one he used LEGALLY.

        And, face it, as long as the makeup of the High Court REMAINS AS IT IS re the 3 bible thumpers and the one brainless one with the internalized racism….NO reforms will be possible.

      • noah vail

        do you think that even one of those RWJNs is going to read this and take it to heart…if it doesn;t allow for them to feel like tough guys or to kill someone they don’t want to know about it

    • strayaway

      Yesterday, someone stabbed five people to death in Oklahoma. We need an article here about how easy it is for lunatics to obtain cutlery. We’ve also had 19 lunatics hijack planes to kill almost 3,000 people. Derailing an Amtrak train should work too. But yes, gun control laws and gun free zones would work as well here as they did in the Charlie Hedbo offices in Paris or on Utøya Island in Norway. Even if they didn’t work, they would make some people think they had accomplished something.

  • Dennis

    He voted for Obama. Some right-wing fanatic he was.

    • Jem Bloom

      He voted for Obama because he wanted America to “get what it deserves,” not because he liked him. Brush up on your critical reading skills.

      • zombietimeshare

        Sounds like most Democrats.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        how many gun fanatic Democrats do you know?

      • Dennis

        Obama shoots a gun at Camp David, Biden has one and even tells women to go buy a shotgun.

        I know lots of them.

      • noah vail

        gun owner is different from gun fanatic

      • Dennis

        “I was for his re-election. I like his spending habits.etc”

        Yeah, Jem, don’t you know, that’s how all right wing fanatics are.

      • redape

        And I know that many conservative responders start off with their responses on websites with “I voted for the guy, but…”; “I’m not a racist, but…” and “I have lots of black friends, but…”

        It’s a sure way of detecting bull dada about to be unloaded by the ton.

      • Dennis

        That’s an odd comment, as liberals start their sentences with those types of qualifiers all the time. In fact, Allen Clifton and Manny Schewitz do it frequently when they start their blog posts.

      • PRIME79

        This is the shooters entire comment from his journal/manifesto a couple years ago.

        “2. Find a positive way to exert your energies.I recommend laughing as often as possible.Here is something that is truly funny: since I accepted this it came to me that the president is doing exactly what Tim McVeigh did,only the president is much more effective.The way I see it,the faster he wrecks this nation, which in no way resembles what it’s founders envisioned,the faster working people with morals may re-assume command.ie I was for his re-election. I like his spending habits.etc……” -John Houser, 2013.

        You either lack the ability to understand context or you are a liar. Or both, you have zero evidence that he actually voted for Obama so thats a lie. And no claiming to be for Obamas reelection does not mean he actually voted for Obama. And given the context of his statement its obvious he wasnt an actual Obama supporter. WHY he was for Obamas reelection is relevant.

      • Dennis

        Then calling him a right wing fanatic is a lie, too. Right-wingers weren’t ‘ for’ Obama’s re-election.

        You can’t have it both ways, PRIME. You’re being intellectually dishonest.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist


    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      what part of his political speak makes you believe he is a democrat? Is it the “a woman’s place is in the church”? or the “i hate liberals” that gives him away?

      • Dennis

        Where did I say he was a dim, CS?

    • PRIME79

      Liar. You have no proof that he actually voted for Obama. I know many people that wanted Obama to get reelected but they didnt vote. Lazy bastards, but it worked out.

      • Dennis

        You’re right, I wasn’t in the booth when he voted, I only have his own writing claiming he voted for him. Then Manny has no proof that he was a right-wing fanatic either.

        Why don’t you tell him that?

    • Jeff Anspach

      Yeah, a guy who thinks the westboro church is the only real church, who hates liberals, is a white older man from a blood red state.

      You probably arent a returning champ to Jeopardy.

      • Dennis

        The guy was a nutcase whose ideals were all over the map. Manny’ being dishonest to characterize him as a rightwing fanatic, but it’s what liberals bloggers do. And idiot followers like you believe it because you think that’s just what you’re supposed to do.

      • Jeff Anspach

        Again prove he voted for Obama – short of his voting ballot with his signature on it, you cant. I cant prove he voted for mccain or Romney either, but what I can do is point out he fits the description of a republican to a T – white, older man, lives in blood red state, and hates liberals (with a post proving that he said that). GIven all that, what do YOU think, moron.

      • Dennis

        I think you’re making poor assumptions and leaps of logic based on preconceived biases and employing faulty psychological analysis you learned from your freshman year in college.

  • empf

    The point the writer is making is that if this guy had been Muslim or an illegal immigrant, that’d be the first thing you’d hear about him. The fact that he’s an angry white man who espoused far right wing views is superseded by his mental illness. The Muslim kid who killed the Marines and Petty Officer had also suffered from depression; this gives him absolutely NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HE DID. But, we heard mostly that he was inspired by Jihadist groups. His mental illness was far down the list of reasons for this heinous crime. This man’s mental illness seems to have floated to the top.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      they don’t even try to hide the double standard because nobody is really afraid of the “white man”. Only the “brown man” scares white people into consuming

  • amersham46

    Serious social issues (restraining order) Court documents from 2008 say Houser’s family petitioned a court to have him involuntarily committed “because he was a danger to himself and others”. Friday, an Alabama sheriff said Houser was denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon in 2006 because of a domestic violence complaint
    source http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33654509

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      sounds like a typical southerner

      • Dennis

        That’s a bigoted, ignorant statement.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Then calling somebody a “dim” is a bigoted and ignorant statement. go away

      • Dennis

        Who did I call a dim.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        read your own posts.

  • Lindabmunoz

    ^^^^^Now Get It -ffoorrwardprogressives

  • Allahu Akbar!

    Who gives a flyingfuck what his political affiliation was?How does bringing that to light help the two deceased victims?

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Extreme right wing tendencies seem to indicate mental instability.

  • noah vail

    true justice would be for a RWNJ to get pissed a wayne lapierre and shoot him…lmao

    • Dennis

      Liberals are eliminationists.

      • noah vail

        the elimination of lapierre would be a huge plus for America