When Karl Pierson entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, last Friday wearing a black face mask, a black hoodie, and carrying a shotgun over his shoulder, he briefly appeared to present another opportunity for the media to promote its anti-gun agenda. Within 80 seconds Pierson proved them wrong, and the media frenzy never materialized.
Intent on creating mayhem as revenge for being dropped from the debate team, Pierson entered the building seeking his debate club coach. During his search Pierson fired five rounds, one of them hitting and seriously wounding a student bystander, Claire Davis, who remains in a coma at a local hospital. When confronted by an armed Arapaho County sheriff’s deputy, Pierson took his own life, ending the attack.
As CNN noted, Pierson was not associated even remotely with the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, or any small-government, pro-free-market conservative organization. Instead, he was a self-described communist who once wore a shirt to class emblazoned with the letters USSR and who had railed against Republicans on his Facebook page saying “You Republicans are so cute” and then posting an image which read:
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?
The nascent shooting spree ended abruptly, as Arapaho County Sheriff Grayson Robinson explained:
[Pierson’s] intent was evil, and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals....
We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.
This confirmed the point made by Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) at a press conference just a week following the Newton, Connecticut shooting:
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Photo of crime scene in front of Arapahoe High School: AP Images