Byron Williams wanted to start a revolution. His plan was to load up his car with weapons and ammunition and to drive to the San Francisco offices of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Tides Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that works to promote social and economic justice, health and sustainability, and human rights around the world. Once there he planned to shoot his way around the offices and hope that his action started a revolution of his peers.
Fortunately for the good people at the ACLU and the Tide Foundation, Williams is a terrible driver. He was stopped by police on his way to carry out his plan because he was speeding and driving erratically. Soon after he was stopped, Williams started a 12-minute gun battle with police using a 9mm handgun, a .308 caliber rifle, and a shotgun. Because Williams was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, he was only captured after police shot him in unprotected areas of his body.
Williams joins a growing list of conservative gunmen who have flown off the handle and gunned down people because of fears that the government is out to get them (or some equally delusional reason). Williams is only notable because his targets included environmentalists.
The Tides Foundation has been around since 1976 and funds numerous projects around the world, "accelerating positive social change through philanthropy". The foundation offers funding and organizational support and has given out more than $400 million to tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations since 2000. They make our world a better place.
But in the twisted mind of Byron Williams, fueled by the never-ending river of vitriol kicked out by the right-wing punditry, the people at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU were stormtroopers, waiting for the signal from President Obama to finally close the noose around the necks of good patriots like Williams and take away his Fox News, guns, and freedom to do whatever the damn he pleases.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised that things like this happen with all the Glenn Becks (the Tides Foundation is a favorite Beck target) and Rush Limbaughs of the world. When you combine guns with hate and ignorance, it's easy to get people like Byron Williams.
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