The Southern Poverty Law Center and other liberal groups and media outlets are often quick to place blame on tea party, patriot-aligned and other right-of-center groups when describing the beliefs of a gunman who carries out or attempts a mass shooting. Infowars reported that SPLC drove a narrative that attempted to paint the LAX shooter, Paul Ciancia as a paranoid New World Order and Federal Reserve conspiracist.
We’re guessing we won’t hear any reports or narratives from the SPLC on the Colorado gunmen who injured two students and eventually turned the gun on himself at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado on Friday.
That may be because the student, Karl Halverson Pierson, was reportedly a “very opinionated socialist” according to a report. A student who attended class with Pierson described him as having “strong beliefs about gun laws.” Other students believed that Pierson held political views that we’re “outside the mainstream.”
In a profile of the shooter, the Denver Post noted:
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?”
The Post also references one of Pierson’s other opinings on Facebook:
Pierson 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?”
It is absurd to pin the blame for a mass shooting or attempted mass shooting on a political ideology. The blame certainly lies with the individual. Although, it is equally as absurd for media outlets and groups like the SPLC to only highlight a mass shooter’s political views when it convenience’s their left-wing narrative.
The hypocrisy from the SPLC and other groups aligned with them dissolves their credibility.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.
(H/T: Infowars, Denver Post)