Colorado School Shooter Appears to be Anti-Gun Socialist Based on Reports
The Denver Post appears to have published some interesting information about Karl Pierson, the 18 year old high school student suspected of shooting a classmate yesterday.
According to the Post, it appears Pierson did not like Republicans and had strong opinions on several political social issues,
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?”
Another quote from a classmate tends to support the pro gun control message,
“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.”
Interestingly, according to Mediaite, The Post originally described Pierson as a Socialist in an earlier draft of the article. However, that reference was later removed and changed to “strong political opinions outside of the mainstream”
According to Mediaite, the original article read as follows (emphasis mine),
The gunman’s parents divorced in late 2011, according to court records. The divorce was finalized in August 2012.
Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.
“He was exuberant I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”
According to reports, Pierson came to the school, armed with a shotgun in order to seek revenge against a faculty member with which he had a disagreement.