Another ‘sovereign citizen’ poses threat to society

Does the idea of being above the law attract disturbed people? This story is evidence for that.

Explosives found in North Side home of man facing eviction, deputies say | The Columbus Dispatch.

Franklin County deputies seeking to evict a man from his North Side home yesterday say they found five explosive devices inside the house.

In rambling writings on the walls and ceilings of his house at 917 Carolyn Ave., Mark A. Kulis claimed to be a “sovereign citizen,” believing he isn’t obligated to pay taxes or follow most laws, said Sheriff Zach Scott.

Also scribbled on his walls were names of politicians, including President Barack Obama and Gov. John Kasich

Police found four explosive devices in a closet and the oven was booby-trapped with an explosive. Kulis was found carrying a concealed weapon, also a felony. He has previously been advised to seek mental health treatment. Oh great, more unstable people with weapons. Just what we need. At least this episode was resolved.

Sovereign citizen movement – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

FBI — Sovereign Citizens.


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  11 comments for “Another ‘sovereign citizen’ poses threat to society

  1. spookyparadigm
    January 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    As with groups like this, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a good resource. Here’s their entry on the Sovereign Citizen movement, one that pops up occasionally in cases like this, including at least one case I can remember of an unprovoked fatal gun battle with police.

    Their Hatewatch blog covers the increasingly restless landscape of this part of the political spectrum, something generally ignored by the media for reasons which can easily be speculated about

  2. Chris Howard
    January 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I wonder if anyone has worked up a psychological profile, or done any demographic study of the average sovereign citizen?

    I wonder if it screws Tea Party/Libertarian, late middle-aged and up, white male or if they are more left-leaning “weathermen” types?

    That might be the same demographic.

  3. spookyparadigm
    January 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    The links in Sharon’s post and my comment answer that. While there have been people all over the spectrum who have gotten involved in the weird tax denial stuff (Wesley Snipes went to prison for it), the core is the gun show crowd. Not square in the TP/L camp, but on its rightward anti-government fringes. Anarchists more on the side of the Weathermen would not obsess about the Constitution nor treat it like magical scripture that changes reality, nor act as posses.

  4. Chris Howard
    January 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Yeah, I posted at around the same time as you did, then read your post and went “Doh?”

    I read the FBI link, but didn’t see a reference to any study.

    As always, thanks for your info. Always top notch.

  5. Pithecanthropus
    January 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    It sucks that they’re ripping off the Grateful Dead with their graphic. Gerry would not approve.

  6. Lagaya1
    January 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I often wonder if the gun obsession is a “manhood issue”. Any psychologists out there with an answer?

  7. Chris Howard
    January 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I would highly recommend watching this:

    It’s an excellent primer, and then reading Dr. Slotkin’s work on the subject. While he is not a psychologist he draws on history, sociology, and psychology to come to some very interesting conclusions.

    Nation Masters also has some excellent data on guns in the US, which is very revealing.

    I hope that helped. 🙂

  8. spookyparadigm
    January 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM
  9. Chris Howard
    January 21, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I totally forgot about that book! I was going to pick it up.

    Slotkin wrote a great review of it, but I got distracted with “On Killing” and “The Culture of Fear.”

    Thanks for the reminder.

  10. CHUD
    January 24, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    There is a strand of sovereign logic in the techno- libertarian, neo- Gold Bug love of Bitcoin. I’ve repeatedly seen an apologist community commenting on all manner of new as sites. It posits a government currency conspiracy that Bitcoin will overthrow. Tech blogs like the Verge often appear to buy into Bitcoin readily, seemingly blind to its extremist assoications. I’d like to see some research into these matters.

  11. Lagaya1
    January 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Interesting. There is a news article on CNN today about the CEO of bitcoin being arrested for money laundering. Bet the conspiracists will run with that story.

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