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December 14, 2013 - 7:09 am

The Denver Post looks into the life of Karl Pierson, the 18-year-old young man who entered Arapahoe High School with a shotgun on Friday and wounded two students before killing himself. He was on the school debate team and went to a national contest, where he faltered. He is described as a “gifted debater,” but he didn’t limit his debates to scholastic competition.

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?”

Friends described him as a “good political thinker,” but those social media postings show no evidence of it or of any gift at debate. It’s not debate at all. Those are the DNC’s crude talking points. Rep. Nancy Pelosi used almost the exact same talking points in an appearance on MSNBC the same day Pierson went on his attack.

Am I blaming the likes of Pelosi and MSNBC? To a degree, yes. Their talking points probably didn’t play much of a role in what Pierson did on Friday — he appears to have targeted a teacher with whom he had had a confrontation. We don’t know what that confrontation was about.

But Democrats don’t debate issues or facts anymore, ever. They never take responsibility for their missteps or failures. They pick outrageous fights based on nothing and smear those of us who disagree with them, relentlessly. Their favored pundits almost never deal in facts. They spread hatred and lies and deliver talking points designed expressly to dehumanize their opponents. They go out of their way to create offense and provoke reactions. The media seldom if ever challenge any of it. Clearly, Karl Pierson was influenced by what he heard Democrats say day after day, year after year about Republicans. He internalized that hatred and spread it in his own life.

Pelosi, Reid, Obama and the Democratic Party are all far more culpable for spreading hatred in our country now than any other single group of people. They spend most of their time dehumanizing and degrading and verbally assaulting all who disagree with them. There are bound to be serious consequences for that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Gee, after an eighteen-year old had been indoctrinated by Government schooling, he turns out a liberal drone, and goes on a shooting spree.

Guess I'm not really surprised.

I will say one thing, when I was in school, if a debater used logic like that, he would be immediately dismissed from the stage and summarily failed.
Yeah, he was a master debater.
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IOW, just like every other recent mass shooter who's had any sort of identifiable political leanings.

But somehow, this means nothing. Even though just ONE conservative-leaning shooter would somehow represent a trend to the MSM.
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I'm sure the MSM will not mention this boys political leanings, since he appears to be a Democrat.
if he was a member of the local Tea Party organization, things would be different.
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“If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn’t it be able to overpower regulations?”

It does - it's called "The Black Market".
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Since the compliance rate regarding the Kommifornia rifle ban is about 16%, I presume that black market is developing nicely.
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And when the SoCons see that there's no amendment that makes the war on drugs constitutionally kosher, and that no matter of right or wrong can do it, then the black market in drugs will relatively vanish--and with it most of the problems of recreational drug use.
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Those glasses sure are rose-colored.
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I'm sure Piers Morgan will be all over this story, conveniently leaving out the guy's socialist leanings as being "not germane" to the issue . . .
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This should be interesting when the trolls show up to "walk" this one back.

"Give up your guns, or I'll kill you."

I think the MSM will be "mysteriously" silent on this one unless they can manufacture some fake "talking points."
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Does Pierson literally mean Piers' Son??
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So tell us about the benefits of SOCIALISM apart from spawning the three greatest MASS MURDERERS of the 20thCentury- MAO, STALIN and HITLER and countless other murderous and corrupt DESPOTS too.
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Another dopey Democrat.. This the 5th Liberal shooter in a row.. Lets ban democrats ! The world would be a better place !
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One of his friends was quoted as saying he didn't take "no" well. Well, gee -- given the way progressives behave, NONE of them take "no" well. How often have we seen unions taking their protests to private homes, or a liberal going off and ranting at a drive-through clerk, or a teacher telling a student that they're stupid for saying or acting a certain way.

As far as I can see, the young mister was a totally budding liberal, spouting progressive ideas and having a tantrum when someone disagreed with him.

The only trouble I can see with the whole scenario is why on earth the debate coach fired his ass to begin with. You just know the debate coach had to have been equally as liberal and progressive, so what could the problem have been? I'm wondering if there might have been an issue with the latest protected species, gay folks, or possibly whether Young Mister used the words "final solution" about some group or situation.
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