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Confirmed: White House Shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is Mentally Ill

John on November 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I think we all suspected this but now it is being confirmed:

The suspected gunman who opened fire on the White House was charged Thursday with attempting to assassinate the President of the United States or his staff.

Idaho man Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, was arrested at a Pennsylvania hotel after he shot an assault rifle at the White House believing that he was Jesus and President Barack Obama was the Antichrist, according to court documents and those who knew him.

At one point, he even suggested to an acquaintance the president was planning to implant computer tracking chips into children.

This really does have some similarities to the Tucson shooting. Jared Loughner was also mentally ill. Based on the description I’m wondering if Ortega-Hernandez isn’t also an undiagnosed schizophrenic. Both men were fixated on a politician and both turned that fixation toward an attempted assasination. Tragically, Loughner was able to get far too close to Rep. Giffords and the people around her. But in both cases, the story wasn’t really about politics so much as mental illness.

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