The violent murders of two prominent pro-gun personalities this week are an effort to silence First Amendment activists during the ongoing debate on assault rifles in America, some are now claiming.
American rifle manufacturer John Noveske was killed in a car crash on the evening of January 4. While Noveske’s car “negotiated a right curve, it traveled across the oncoming lane onto the dirt highway shoulder until it struck two large boulders,” according to the Outdoor Wire.
Noveske, who was not wearing a seat belt or other restraints, was ejected from his car after it rolled from hitting the boulders.
Noveske Rifleworks is a renown brand in the gun market and supplied local law enforcement and SWAT teams with weapons.
“The Noveske rifle was the best quality around,” Medford, Oregon Police Chief Tim George told the Mail Tribune. “One of the benefits of having your gunsmith close by was that it made for quality service.”
Noveske had also used social media to speak out against growing calls for a limit on Second Amendment rights. Barely a week before his death, he posted a lengthy, detailed post on Facebook that linked mass shootings at American schools to psychiatric drug use. Noveske ended his post by referencing the recent Newtown massacre and asking “what drugs was [shooter] Adam Peter Lanza on?”
An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.
Keith Ratliff, who promoted high-power assault rifles and guns through his popular YouTube channel, was then found shot to death on January 8. Police found Ratliff shot once in the head on a rural Georgia road, along with a pile of weapons nearby.
“For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody. Either that or he was ambushed,” Ratliff’s widow, Amanda, told a television station.
“You know, it just doesn’t really add up,” she said.
Ratliff was also the owner of FPS Industries, a Carnesville, Georgia company which works in customized weaponry. He combined his love for guns with his other passion, computer gaming, through FPSRussia, a viral market campaign.
The joint business venture is YouTube’s ninth most popular channel, with more than three million active subscribers and a combined half billion views. In the FPSRussia videos, high-powered assault rifles and other weaponry are used to blow up everything from mannequins to pickup trucks.
Ratliff had his own YouTube channel, Kydivemaster, which had far fewer views than the FPSRussia channel. Most of the videos on Ratliff’s channel are about modifying and shooting guns. He also made videos that promoted the benefits of carrying a concealed weapon. The tagline for his channel reads, “Guns Guns and More Guns.”
Like Noveske, Ratliff had used social media to speak out in favor of preserving the Second Amendment.
Police are treating Ratliff’s death as a homicide. An investigation is still ongoing.
The two deaths are leading some to believe the Obama administration is silencing opposition to his domestic agenda, which includes the banning of guns.
“The red list is on!,” wrote Internet radio personality Steve Quayle, referencing a belief that President Obama has authorized a secret kill list of Americans that is designed to be invoked immediately before an attempted radical leftist takeover of America.
Those who believe the “red list” exist point to President Obama’s signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes secret assassinations of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.
“Instead of the red list being ‘conspiracy theory,’ it appears to be a key component of Obama’s domestic policy,” writes Mike Adams at Natural News.