Bad Ideas More Dangerous than Deadly Weapons

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School Shooting

Twelve days before Christmas, 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed into Colorado’s Arapahoe High School armed with a shotgun, three Molotov cocktails in his backpack and a machete. The senior athlete and competitive debater fired his weapon for 80 seconds, critically wounding a fellow student before turning the gun on himself.

In explaining his murderous rage, several classmates cited the boy’s political radicalism: he identified himself as a “Communist” and once wore a shirt decorated with the letters “U.S.S.R.” This identification with a brutal, mass-murdering regime should have been a warning—school officials surely would have worried over a kid calling himself a Nazi and wearing a swastika shirt.

Press accounts mostly emphasize the weapon he carried, but what made Pierson dangerous wasn’t just the shotgun in his hand but the loathsome ideas in his head.

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  1. jguy  •  Dec 19, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I always have to wonder about the prescribed drugs that the youth who do these horrible
    acts might be taking……It is not part of the reporting….which it should be..
    Does the proliferation of drugs by the medical aristocracy since the “discovery” of
    many three-letter teenage ailments play into these crimes? Is the absence of reporting
    due to a justified fear of libelity by the press to mask any culpability? Just wondering….

  2. Mark  •  Dec 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Won’t see the press bringing up the sheople factor. When I get legally violated and stalked, everyday, I want to kill someone too.

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