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Gunman Terrorizes Others, Kills Himself At Florida School Board Meeting

Submitted by on December 16, 2010 – 12:07 pm11 Comments

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And the whole thing was caught on tape.

Clay Duke, the disgruntled husband of a former school-board employee with a history of mental illness, came to a school-board meeting and opened fire. He did so in protest of his wife’s not-so-recent firing (her unemployment benefits were about to run out).

Duke is revealed to have been obsessed with the film V for Vendetta and drew the V within a circle logo before pulling out his gun. He shot into the crowd, but no one was injured. At one point, a female member of the school board began hitting him with her purse and he did not shoot her.

After exchanging fire with security guards and suffering a bullet wound, Duke put the gun to his own head.

He had been diagnosed as bipolar, but couldn’t afford the proper medication to control the disorder.

His wife continues to take up for him, saying that he did not mean to hurt anyone else, and that he simply could not live in this economy. She also says that he was a skilled marksman who most likely missed the school board members on purpose.

I understand the economy is hard on everyone. The fact of the matter is that a man given his history of mental illness should probably not be allowed to brandish a weapon. Given the current laws on gun control, the only way to protect one’s self seems to be to get one’s own gun. We’re all for the Second Amendment but the more people walking around with these deadly weapons, the higher the potential for incidents like this.

The story of Clay Duke is a sad one—a defeated man who could not properly function in society due to a lack of access to medication who protested the economy and the ways of the world.

The video of his final moments is posted on the next page (if you can stomach it).

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