Keith Ratliff and John Noveske have both died in mysterious ways within the last few weeks. Both prominent Second Amendment Advocates, their demise comes amid a raging gun control debate in America.
As reported by the New York Times, Ratliff's "passion for firearms made him something of a celebrity on the Internet." He enjoyed a massive following for his YouTube channel, being the ninth largest on the wildly popular video sharing site. Ratliff was found on January 3rd "surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him" in his Kentucky business that "made and repaired firearms." It is unclear if the weapons were deliberately arranged around Ratliff, which could possibly be interpreted as a statement.
His brother, Kelly's statement "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," which lends itself to speculation about a possible personal dispute. However, at this point, the murderer and the motive are still pure speculation. Adam's wife said, "You know, it just doesn't really add up," as reported by the Daily Mail.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and his 2-year-old son. One cannot imagine how his loved ones are suffering. There are no words. All one can hope is that the killer will be found and Ratliff's friends and family will someday be able to find peace.
John Noveske, a battle rifle manufacturer, on the other hand, was killed in a "single vehicle" car accident. While navigating a turn, his car "traveled across the oncoming lane onto the dirt highway shoulder until it struck two large boulders," flipped over, and Noveske was reportedly ejected from the vehicle. It is particularly strange, because the accident occurred by Noveske's residence. One would think he would be familiar enough with the roads to anticipate a tight curve. The fatal accident is still being investigated.
Some sites have made the observation that Noveske made a controversial connection on his final Facebook post several days before his death about mass shooters and the link between their medications and their violent acts, and additionally questioned which type of medication was being taken by Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza.
The killer's medication has yet to be reported, despite the fact that Lanza suffered with mental illness. As noted by Sanjay Gupta on CNN, "If you look at the studies on other shootings like this that have happened, medications like this were a common factor." This common thread seems to be minimized in the mainstream media, where the conversation has focused much more on gun control legislation, despite any evidence that such laws work.
John Noveske and Keith Ratliff's untimely deaths are a tragic loss for Second Amendment advocates. May they rest in peace.
Photo Source (Ratliff): State-Journal
Photo Source (Noveske): FaceBook