School Gunman Dissed GOP

According to the Denver Post, Arapahoe High School student Karl Pierson was “outspoken about politics” and “held strong political beliefs.” The 18-year-old shot two students yesterday before killing himself. By the Post’s initial description, you’d think he must be a conservative.

“He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff,” said junior Abbey Skoda, who was in a class with Pierson during her freshman year. “I also heard he was bullied a lot.” Also that “friends and neighbors were in shock as word spread that Pierson was a dedicated, bright student from a religious family that attends Bible study meetings.”

OK, so that fits several liberal themes: gun rights people are crazy as are religious people and criminals are actually victims. Next you expect they’ll be blaming talk radio.

Only problem is reality disagreed. You find out deeper in the story

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?”

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.

Schmidt said the shooter “was an outspoken kid about what he believed and a good political thinker.”

Mendelson added, “He did have a lot of friends. He was popular with the people he knew.”

Liberals and the media will have to go back to the drawing board on this latest school shooting.

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