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December 14, 2013

Saturday Morning Open Thread

Well it looks like the left finally got its wish with this Colorado school shooter, who appears to be a Tea Partier.

The teenage gunman who entered Arapahoe High School Friday afternoon and shot two fellow students with a shotgun was outspoken about politics, a gifted debater and may have been bullied for his beliefs, according to students who knew him.

...

"He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff," said junior Abbey Skoda, who was in a class with the alleged shooter her freshman year.

Oh well. Law of averages ... it was bound to happen eventually.

Let's read some more.

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with [the shooter] Pierson, described him as a very opinionated Socialist*.

"He was exuberant I guess," Conrad said. "A lot of people picked on him, but it didn't seem to bother him."

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith who through his invisible hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as "Keynesian."

"...I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself?" he wrote. "If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights: Let 'em Die, More War: Let 'em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?" (emphasis added)

Ahh, so not a Tea Partier at all. He sounds a lot like the lefty trolls that swing by here from time to time, a fact that I find totally unsurprising.

And now that these detail are out there, he'll never be heard of again in the media, which must protect the "dangerous right winger" narrative for the possibility that one day one of these guys actually is.

(h/t JW, who notes that the lead is pretty clearly written to make you think he was pro-gun)

* Wordy Girl notes that the Denver Post has now stealth-edited out the S-word.


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