If there was ever a shooting that the media should have jumped all over it was Arapahoe.
The ducks were all seemingly in a row. Here you had a shooting in Colorado at a high school just eight miles from Columbine, taking place right after there was a big change in gun laws and the recall of Senators who voted for them.
This shooting was practically made to order for the Gun control crowd to charge forward with flags flying and drums beating.
The relative silence of the media on this is so deafening so atypical that the question becomes….What’s going on here?
Well there are two facts that have really inhibited those who would normally be beating their breasts and parading this before all the nation.
1. The Shooter:
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?”
Senior Chris Davis, 18, was among many students Saturday trying to make sense of Pierson’s shooting rampage.
“He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”
Pierson became easily aggravated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like losing, Davis said.
OH! The Arapahoe HS lunatic was an outspoken leftist? This story is done before Monday.
— RB (@RBPundit) December 14, 2013
He was pretty much right.
But even a leftist with a gun is still a bad guy with a gun. The Media could have still spun this, but if the political proclivities weren’t enough to bury this story for the left a second factor was:
2. The Armed Guard
Granite Grok’s post on the latest school shooting was titled thus:
It was not only short the causality count was low. In their reporting on the shooting the Christian Science Monitor noted why.
As they investigate the latest school shooting in the United States – Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. – one thing is clear to law enforcement officials there: The presence of an armed deputy sheriff on regular duty at the school was the key factor in preventing more deaths and injuries.
What Armed guards as a solution to the problem? The Independent Journal has more:
Although it may seem like our society is becoming more violent, gun violence in America has dropped almost 40% since 1993, according to the Department of Justice. Sadly, school shootings will happen regardless of public policy. And the fact that schools are “gun-free” zones makes them easy targets for criminals seeking to inflict harm on innocent Americans. So, are armed guards the answer?
It prevented further loss of life at Arapahoe High. Newtown adopted armed guards in their school district after Sandy Hook. Last January, a majority of Americans were comfortable with the idea – and that sentiment hasn’t changed.
I suggested armed folks a year ago yesterday when the NRA made that suggestion the media scoffed and insulted them.
Now they are just silent.
As I’ve said over and over again, simple mathematics suggests that sooner or later the media will get the tea party shooter they want and parade him before the nation for weeks on end.
We just don’t know how many of the current members of the media will still be alive by the time it actually happens?
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