This shouldn’t surprise anybody.
“To be quite honest with you all, the vast majority of the people we come into contact with exhibit signs of mental illness.” — Julia A. Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, on visitors to the White House. — NYTimes
I assume she refers here to congressional delegations, staff, and visiting dignitaries as well as the corps of street crazies Washington is known for. Anybody who has ever visited the nation’s Capital is aware that the seat of power attracts maniacs and wackjobs the way steamers draw flies, for much the same reason and similar stench. The same phenomenon can be observed in state capitals as well. They’re generally gruesome little towns stuffed with revolting people, not just the visiting parasites but the hosts off which they feed.
This snippet, from the same dispatch, also caught my eye, describing an incident in July with White House intruder Omar Gonzalez:
Mr. Gonzalez had contact with law enforcement in July, when he was arrested in Virginia after leading troopers on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 81. After being stopped, the police found his Ford Bronco filled with weapons, according to documents released by the Virginia State Police.
Among the items found in the vehicle in July were 11 guns, including two shotguns and four rifles, some equipped with scopes; and “a map of Washington, D.C., with writing and a line drawn to the White House,” law enforcement officials said. He also had four pistols, three of them loaded, and a revolver.
Virginia State Police said they took possession of the weapons after Mr. Gonzalez was in custody. Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the state police, said her agency alerted the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms about Mr. Gonzalez’s arrest. A law enforcement official said the weapons were “stored by police so they wouldn’t be sitting in the vehicle unsecured.”
Virginia officials said Mr. Gonzalez was charged with reckless driving, one felony count of eluding police and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. He was released after posting a bond.
“I got the Ford Bronco idea from the OJ incident,” he proudly told police. “I think of OJ as a mentor.”