Where is the Media Speculation When a Leftist Goes Crazy?
The anti-gun zealots have been put into a bad spot. While they have worked tirelessly to craft a narrative that explains access to firearms and the right’s “gun culture” as the central causes of gun violence, the anti-gun fanatics must now explain why one of their own has gone off the rails and killed a couple, a police officer and injured another police officer.
As the manhunt for Chris Dorner continues after the shooting spree, investigators have scrutinized his manifesto- a document detailing his adoration of leftist politicians and media personalities.
Perhaps it would be a bit rash to blame this shooting on the heated rhetoric put forth by Chris Matthews, Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan and the other assorted hack “journalists” praised in Dorner’s manifesto.
Where is the demagoguery of the shooter and the wild speculation as to his motives that we have become used to seeing from media outlets as the gunsmoke clears? Whenever a shooting occurs, the country is stirred into a frenzy by media outlets wondering aloud, “How could this happen?” Often, they will immediately speculate that the shooter was some rightwing nutjob- as was the case in Aurora and Tucson.
However, noticeably absent in the coverage of this particular shooting spree was the rampant speculation of motive. That’s because the killer cited not Holden Caulfield, Jodie Foster or the Joker as the genesis of his wrath- no, his manifesto was a tribute to the stellar rabble-rousing of Piers Morgan and other leftist hysterics.
In the meandering diatribe of his manifesto, Dorner praised the anti-gun news host, writing,
“Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws[.]”
In a paragraph that references the shooting at Sandy Hook, Dorner vented,
“If you had a well regulated AWB, this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle? This is the same small arms weapons system utilized in eradicating Al Qaeda, Taliban, and every enemy combatant since the Vietnam war. Don’t give me that crap that its not a select fire or full auto rifle like the DoD uses. That’s bullshit because troops who carry the M-4/M-16 weapon system for combat ops outside the wire rarely utilize the select fire function when in contact with enemy combatants.”
Sounds a lot like the kind of rhetoric Piers has been shoveling for weeks, doesn’t it?
Since Piers has tried to bully anybody who gets in the way of propagating his ludicrous narrative that gun culture and access to firearms create gun violence, surely he was quick to admonish himself for the role his heated rhetoric played in contributing to the violence, right?
Nope. In a Tweet, Piers insisted, “The LA cop-killer murder spree has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with deranged criminality. I hope they catch him asap.”
Wait a minute- what happened to the British tough guy who, last month, told Dana Loesch and Scottie Nell Hughes, “You make me sick,” for their “role” in contributing to gun violence?
Piers has been shamelessly crusading for stricter gun control in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. He and the other leftist hysterics in the media have successfully turned this tragedy into a political issue. They have stirred the pot, asking Americans to give up their rights and berating anyone who disagrees with them. But now, as one of their fellow anti-gun nuts has gone off the rails, suddenly, this “has nothing to do with politics.” To borrow a phrase- “That’s malarkey!
The left had no problem speculating that impassioned political discussion by Sarah Palin was a contributing cause to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. They had no problem enthusiastically jumping to the conclusion that James Holmes, the Aurora shooter, was a member of the Tea Party because he shared a name with a Jim Holmes who was. But no, this time, let’s discuss deranged criminality as the cause.
If the left is going to flail about in the aftermath of a tragedy and work to pin blame on the most convenient scapegoat they can find, and I’m not saying that they should, than they should at least remain consistent and point the finger at themselves when a killer spells out in thousands of words how the leftist media has contributed to his mindset.
But better yet- perhaps they should admit what gun owners already know: some people are just flat-out crazy and pointing the finger as a means to restrict rights is immoral and irresponsible.
Truth be told, I expected better… even from Piers Morgan.