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ADL Background on Neo-Nazi and Border Vigilante J.T. Ready, Who Shot Himself, 4 Others in Arizona

Phoenix, AZ, May 3, 2012 .... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has in-depth background information and experts available for interviews on neo-Nazi and anti-immigration extremist J.T. Ready, who died on May 2, apparently as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot after fatally shooting four other people, including an infant child, in Gilbert, Arizona.

Before this shocking burst of domestic violence, J.T. Ready had been active for years in Arizona in both the white supremacist movement, as well as the extreme wing of the anti-immigration movement.

As a one-time mentee of former Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce, he also made various attempts to dabble in politics, all unsuccessful. ADL has tracked Ready's activities since the early 2000s.

Miriam Weisman, ADL Arizona Regional Board Chair, and Bill Straus, ADL Arizona Regional Director issued the following statement:

J.T. Ready subscribed to an ideology that embraces hate and violence. It is a culture which sees violence as a solution to social, political and even personal problems.

ADL has been aware of his involvement and leadership in white supremacist groups and activities for over a decade, and while to our knowledge he had no previous personal record of domestic violence, we have tracked many incidents of white supremacist violence against women in recent years, including domestic violence.

ADL has prepared an extensive backgrounder on J.T. Ready and his lengthy career in extremism, and has also documented his place in Arizona's pantheon of extreme anti-immigration activists.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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