|Karl Pierson, Arapahoe Shooter|
Carl Schmidt and Brendon Mendelson, both seniors at Arapahoe High, knew Pierson. They said he had political views that were "outside the mainstream," but they did not elaborate.Although described as very smart, Pierson was apparently a hot-head who threatened one of his teachers, Tracy Murphy, with death; the teacher had him suspended for the remark. It was this teacher that Pierson sought to shoot on Friday, December 13, to exact revenge for the suspension. Unable to kill Murphy (who fled the school), Pierson used a shotgun to shoot two students, wounding them, one critically, before turning the gun on himself.
On his FaceBook page, Pierson attacked Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand" theory of economics, and castigated Republicans for their opposition to Obamacare and other issues. He wrote:
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?About that gun violence, Pierson apparently died a martyr to hypocrisy. Once again we see that the nut cases who go berserk with guns and start shooting innocent people are invariably left wingers. Don't expect the mainstream media to point this out anytime soon.
Read the Denver Post article here.
Read the New York Daily News article here.