Here’s what we know about the gunman

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There was yet another shooting at Fort Hood yesterday. The gunman, 34 year old Ivan Lopez killed four people, including himself.

The gunman in the Fort Hood shooting was an active-duty enlisted soldier who served four months in Iraq and was being evaluated for PTSD, military officials said Wednesday night.

Ivan A. Lopez, 34, had previously served in the Army National Guard in Puerto Rico, a military official said. He was assigned to the 13th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Hood.

He was apparently being treated for depression, and self-reported as having had a traumatic brain injury after having served in Iraq.

“The soldier had not been wounded in Iraq, but was being treated for behavioral problems, anxiety and ‘a number of other psychological issues,'” according to this report.

Apparently his .45 caliber pistol was not registered on base and was brought there only recently.

So far this does not appear to be terrorism related, no matter how ardently some whose Twitter feed I had the misfortune of reading hoped it was.

I’m sure more details will emerge soon. Keep everyone there in your thoughts.

Another shooting on Ft. Hood

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Yes, that Ft. Hood.

Details are scant. Multiple people injured. For now, shooter is still at large, and the base is locked down.

I’ll write more as I know more.

UPDATE: NBC reports there may be two shooters. One down. One at large. I don’t want to report every single detail in the beginning, because initial reports are notoriously wrong, but that’s what we know so far.

ANOTHER UPDATE: they’re now saying there’s only one shooter. Dead.

UPDATE THE THIRD: Fox reporting there’s still a lockdown. Active crime scene. Four dead, including the shooter. Military officials say there is still one shooter, but the base is being searched just in case.

UPDATE CONTINUES: News sources identify the shooter as SPC Ivan Lopez. Lopez was 34 or 36 years old.

ANOTHER ONE: RUMINT says he was part of the Warrior Transition Program, and that he was a truck driver. They say it started as an argument.

MORE: News conference at from hospital; injuries include gunshot wounds to chest, neck, extremities.  Four there, and two more en route.

Media – they report, they decide, screw you (UPDATED)

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So yesterday, in my assessment of the Arapahoe shooter, I cited a report that clearly showed the Denver Post deleted a direct quote from Pierson’s classmate that referred to him as a vocal socialist. I didn’t speculate about the reason for the deletion; I merely wondered why.

Today, I see that after being questioned about the change, the Denver Post news editor Lee Ann Colacioppo tried to explain away her paper’s decision on Twitter. The explanation struck me as arrogant, ridiculous and ignorant as a former journalist. Someone asks Lee Ann why she deleted any reference to Pierson being a passionate socialist from the report.

She then adds the following in reply to another question:

So, the student, who is at least 16 years old and took an economics class with Pierson, is too dumb to understand what “socialist” means, but not too dumb to be quoted by the paper overall.

Why does the paper decide what the student – who is ostensibly the subject matter expert here – understood and what he did not? This was supposed to be a report, not an analysis of his classmates’ ability to discern whether or not his political views fit the “socialist” mold. They interviewed a classmate. The classmate told them concretely what he thought of the kid. Lee Ann decided that he wasn’t qualified to have an opinion?

It’s called reporting. Report what your source said. Don’t pick and choose what you think is correct and what you don’t. That’s not your job. Or did they not teach you that in journalism school?

Fact of the matter is the paper reported Pierson’s views as “Keynesian.” It quoted other classmates as saying his views were “out of the mainstream.” But Lee Ann apparently considered directly quoting a subject matter expert – a person who knew Pierson personally and ostensibly had more objective knowledge of his views than Lee Ann did – as allowing him “to apply a label he likely didn’t understand.”

There you have it, folks. Lee Ann thinks the student who attended school with Pierson is too dumb and uninformed to understand the basic political and economic concepts he was learning in school, and the rest of you are too stupid to judge for yourselves whether you believe what he said, especially coupled with Pierson’s own words on Facebook and other reports from other classmates.

Therefore, Lee Ann Colacioppo is going to edit the story to tell you only what you need to hear. Because she’s smarter than you are.

And this is why I don’t miss journalism.

UPDATE: Real Clear Politics has video of a student confirming that Pierson was a proud socialist.

“He was friendly enough. Very proud of being a socialist. He was very outspoken on his political views,” student Angie Mock said. “To him, it just meant economic — more economic equality.”

Now, people throw the “socialist” label around a lot. I explored the “socialist” meme in this blog post a while ago. There are certainly varying shades of socialism.

They range from libertarian socialism (which to me is an oxymoron), but is so named likely because it shuns government control of production and advocates worker control instead to authoritarian/state socialism, where the almighty state controls all.

I assess Barack Obama falls somewhere in the middle of the socialist spectrum, although there’s a lot of evidence that he trends toward the statist model, given his partial nationalization of America’s health care, auto industry and banking industry. But overall he’s more of a social democrat – someone who advocates increased social spending and redistribution. And given his constant yammering about paying “our fair share,” I doubt there’s any way you can say he’s NOT a socialist! …

While most seem to think the “socialist” label is, on the whole, very specific, it’s quite clear that government control of production and distribution is a central tenet. These kids get it. Pierson got it, and was very proud of it.

Lee Ann apparently either doesn’t get it, or is afraid to name it.

Arapahoe High School shooter – my amateur attempt at profiling (UPDATE)

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Here we go again. Yesterday, as I was leaving the office, I got wind of another school shooting. In Colorado. Again. What is it about Colorado that brings out the nuts? This time it was an 18 year old student (legally an adult) at Arapahoe High School that brought a shotgun to school and shot two of his classmates before blowing his own head off.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson identified the gunman as Karl Pierson.

Who was Karl Pierson? Well, the Denver Post has a profile, and if you think he was a typical TEAbagging ultra-conservative, you would be wrong. He was a strong leftist, who strongly believed in gun control and mocked and castigated Republicans.

So why did he pick up an implement he obviously hated and go hunting at his high school?

The paper immediately tries to mitigate his actions by pointing out that he may have been bullied for his leftist beliefs. So let’s get this straight. He was a gun control advocate and a self-described “Keynesian,” who was apparently ridiculed for being a leftist and a gun banner, so he picked up a… GUN and decided to use his school – a place filled with disarmed people – as a shooting gallery. So it must be the righties’ fault for ridiculing the poor sod for his beliefs. Right.

Why? For what purpose? To prove a point? What point? On the eve of the anniversary of a horrific attack by a mentally deranged monster that left children dead and families broken, this bag of dicks goes out and shoots his classmates, attempts to shoot his teacher, and then offs himself to prove guns are bad?

I don’t get it.

It’s quite clear this douchecracker slipped off the Cliffs of Insanity. No sane person would pick up a firearm and start shooting at disarmed targets for no reason.

CNN says he had a disagreement with a teacher. OK. Is this cause for murder? Or was this rosy child so enamored of himself, accustomed to winning awards, arrogantly castigating “republicans” on his Facebook page, so anxious to show himself special that he decided to exact revenge on a teacher who may not have thought he was the special snowflake he considered himself?

The DailyMail sheds more light on the story.

The high school senior student who walked into his Colorado high school with a shotgun and two explosives was targeting the librarian and was upset over the fact that he had been benched from the debate team earlier this week.

  • Gunman Karl Pierson entered school and said he was targeting librarian Tracy Murphy who also worked as the speech and debate team coach
  • Pierson is thought to have been demoted within the ranks of the speech and debate team earlier this week and may have been suspended

Local station KDVR reports that Pierson was suspended earlier this week after shouting at a teacher. Others in the school were apparently aware that the student was having a difficult week because the otherwise calm and happy student seemed to snap.

No, we don’t have all the facts in this story. What we do know is the following.

  1. Pierson was a hotshot in debate circles and was a student athlete.
  2. He was a dedicated leftist (who apparently had little understanding of actual economic theories) and mocked those with whom he disagreed on Facebook. “I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn’t the market correcting itself? …If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”
  3. He arrogantly mocked his political opponents, “you republicans are so cute” and posted 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?” (Yeah, because that’s exactly what Republicans believe.)
  4. He got into it with his debate coach, and was benched – and may even have been suspended, which makes me wonder how much of a dick he really was to her him (my apologies – I initially thought Tracy Murphy was a female).

Know what I see here?

I see an entitled, spoiled snowflake who thought himself above others who disagreed with him politically, and who hypocritically decided to prove his points by committing the ultimate crime – a crime against others and ultimately against himself, ending his miserable life when he didn’t get his way.

I’m sure other details will emerge eventually that will paint a brighter picture of this shitbag, but based on what we know now, that’s my assessment.

UPDATE: Apparently the Denver Post story I cited above was doing a little creative editing of its own. Gateway Pundit reports that the paper edited out a classmate’s real statement on Pierson that called him a “very opinionated socialist.”

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This was the original article the Post had online. It was edited later to say the following:

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I wonder why…

/sarc

Drooling ignoramus suspended for being drooling ignoramus

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Take a look at this window-licking, cross-eyed dipshit.

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If your kids attend the University of Kansas, and are studying journalism, they may have well been taught by this oozing foreskin.

His name is David Guth, and he’s currently on administrative leave for a) being a turd, b) wishing death upon millions of innocent people.

Guth turned to Twitter on Monday in response the a crazed gunman’s rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., in which 12 perished.

“#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA,” tweeted David Guth, who is an associate professor of Journalism at the university’s William Allen White School of Journalism.

“Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters, he continued. “Shame on you. May God damn you.”

Yes, a university professor – who, ostensibly should have a little common sense, has decided to publicly wish death upon the children of millions of innocent Americans, who happen to support a constitutional right that has been upheld by several Supreme Court rulings.

In response to a crazed, medicated shitbag, who used a firearm highly recommended by Joe Biden for self defense, who disarmed security personnel whose job it was to protect people on a military installation, where everyone BUT the security personnel was disarmed, and who proceeded to take innocent lives with said stolen weapons, this moronic, slobbering, half-witted imbecile has publicly wished death upon children, because he disagrees with the political views of his parents.

When asked about whether or not he regretted sending that tweet out to the world (after all, liberal shittards must receive every opportunity to take back their words that were obviously typed in the heat of passion and heartbreak), this wad of pedantic fuck said, “Hell, no!”

In response, the university has said “Hell, no!” to his corruption of young minds on its campus.

Now, he hasn’t been dismissed outright, so there’s still a chance this fat colostomy bag of beer shit and corn might come back to teach there. But I would advise you parents, who are shelling money out to this institution of higher learning in order to educate your spawn, might want to drop the university a nice note, telling them to drop this turd and drop it quickly before you withdraw your precious snowflakes and send them elsewhere.

As for David Guth (every time I pronounce that name, I get little flecks of froth on my lips), please just kill yourself. Just don’t use a gun. Try pills. Or a sharp razor. Just remember to cut lengthwise.

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