Jerad Miller has been identified as one of the two shooters responsible for killing two police officers and a civilian during a “revolution” this past weekend.  He and his wife, Amanda Miller, entered a Cici’s Pizza restaurant and killed the two officers, both of whom were married with young children.

Jerad has a rap sheet that should have prevented him from owning a handgun, but that didn’t stop him from being able to acquire the weaponry necessary to pull off this act of violence.

At the scene of the crime, the Millers draped a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag over the bodies of the slain officers, a symbol that has become the preferred imagery of the Tea Party GOP.

The video below shows how deranged and unstable Jerad truly was, yet the Tea Party Republicans still think men like him should be able to carry deadly weapons without any oversight:

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced