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article imageDeath of prominent rifle manufacturer sparks conspiracy theories

By Eric Morales     Jan 10, 2013 in Politics
John Noveske, 36, is the second gun enthusiast to die in the last few days, sparking intrigue and conspiracy theories, among some who feel the government is out to take guns away from American citizens.
John Noveske, the founder of Noveske Rifleworks LLC, which is based in Oregon, has died. Noveske was killed in a car accident last week, according to the Facebook page for his company.
In a statement released to followers, Noveske is described as a "loving husband and father, and caring friend." The company also assured its customers that the company would survive its founder's death, and that the young manufacturer of rifles had prepared for any eventuality, ensuring that "any changes would be as seamless as possible for our customers, dealers, suppliers, employees and friends."
However, some advocates of Second Amendment rights, as well as self-described truth seekers, are concerned with more then just the transition of Noveske's company. They wonder whether or not the 36-year-old was murdered.
Again the fuel for the flames of conspiracy comes from the Noveske Rifleworks Facebook page, where on December 27th, a mere week and one day before his death, John Noveske posted about the supposed links between psychiatric drugs and their use by school shooters.
John Noveske final Facebook post sparks intrigue
John Noveske final Facebook post sparks intrigue
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Outdoor Wire, a newsletter for outdoors men, reported that on January 4th John Noveske was killed when his 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser, attempted to make a right turn on Highway 260 in the area of El Camino Way. According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, with the Oregon State Police, Noveske drove into the incoming lane, and onto the shoulder of the dirt highway, hitting two boulders. The Oregon State Police Sergeant stated that John Noveske was unrestrained, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alex Jones, who recently appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to debate gun control, posted the story on his Infowars.com website. One of his writers remarked, "What you are about to read is astonishing. I’m not even sure what’s the right conclusion to draw from it."
Noveske isn't the only gun advocate to die recently, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday that Keith Ratliff, a producer for the FPSRussia Youtube Channel was found shot to death on a rural road in Georgia. To add to the intrigue, Ratliff was found dead a day before Noveske's death in Oregon. FPSRussia' s YouTube page to date has over 500 million viewers, and over 3 million subscribers.
Less then three months before his death Keith Ratliff, who rarely appeared on camera, posted a YouTube video ranting, about President Barack Obama and gun control, often using vulgarities.
"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," said Ratliff's distraught widow, Amanda according to the Daily Mail. She was further quoted as saying, "You know, it just doesn't really add up. We all want to know and we all want justice to be done," Amanda says. "He had way to much to look forward to in his life."
The New York Daily News quoted Mike Ayers with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, discussing Keith Ratliff's death, as saying "He did sustain a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted."
Besides his widowed wife, Keith Ratliff who was 32-years-old, also leaves behind a two year old son.
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