Absolute, Undeniable, Verifiable PROOF That All Mass-Shooters Are Democrats
That headline should bring in the folks on the fence and certainly grab the attention of the faithful. It is also complete bullshit.
The seed for this stupidity sprouted from right-wing radio knob Roger Hedgecock who asserted that the “five worst recent mass shootings were committed by registered Democrats.” His five consisted of Harris/Klebold (Columbine, Apr 20, 1999), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech, Apr 16, 2007), Nidal Hasan (Ft Hood, Nov 05, 2009), James Holmes (Aurora Theater, Jul 20, 2012) and Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook, Dec 14, 2012). While he acknowledged Harris and Klebold were too young to vote, he claimed, without proof, that their parents were progressive, liberal Democrats.
The events date Hedgecock’s drivel to no earlier than December 2012, following the Sandy hook shooting. Since then the “information” has circulated in e-mails, appeared verbatim on newspaper op-ed pages and been relayed by Republican politicians who can’t be bothered to do a little fact-checking.
The latest incarnation began circulating following the September 16, 2013 Washington Navy Yard shooting. In just half a day of researching this idiocy I’ve seen forum trolls advising that Eliott Rodger be added to the list, offering no more proof of his political leanings other than, “He’s from California!”
And so, in an effort to decrease stupidity across the globe, I offer this case-by-case rebuttal of the earliest and latest versions:
Original text appears first
[Fact checking is in brackets below]
—– The Earliest Version I Can Find:
Why is it that those who steal guns and kill movie goers and children in school are always Democrats and not conservatives or NRA members?
Ft. Hood shooter – Registered Democrat – Muslim
[FALSE. Nidal Hasan was born and lived in Virginia, served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, transferred to Ft Hood, Texas. Both Virginia and Texas have non-partisan voter registration, meaning when you register to vote you DO NOT LIST AN AFFILIATED PARTY! Washington, DC is a special federal district with no voting rights and, obviously, no voter registration.]
Columbine shooters – Too young to vote but both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
[FALSE. I, and many others, have been able to find no record of registration of the Harris or Klebold families. While it remains possible, to state this as a fact is simply wrong. Both children, however, professed an admiration of Timothy McVeigh, a registered Republican.]
Virginia Tech shooter – Registered Democrat – Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff.
[FALSE. Seung-Hui Cho moved to America with his parents, as a child. While of voting age, Cho was a US Permanent Resident Alien, a status which allowed him to vote in local and state elections open to any non-citizen. However, Cho lived in Virginia which, as previously stated, has non-partisan voter registration. His party affiliation would not be listed. Oh, Virginia also requires full US Citizenship to participate in ANY election, meaning Cho would not even be able to even register to vote!]
Colorado Theater shooter – Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal.
[FALSE. James Holmes. This was reported by ABC News and Breitbart blogger Joel Pollack. However, ABC's Brian Williams and the Breitbart website issued corrections (Breitbart went so far as to admit that due to inability to match dates and addresses, Holmes may not have even been registered to vote,) and Williams issued an apology. Apparently someone found a James Holmes on Democratic rolls but failed to check that it was the same person as the shooter. It was not. Despite this, Holmes continues to be listed on newer versions. I did not search for the "chicken or the egg" relationship between ABC and Breitbart. Both were culpable, both took timely, corrective action.]
Connecticut School Shooter – Registered Democrat; hated Christians.
[FALSE. Adam Lanza's registration has never been verified. This claim is based on another claim that in Connecticut, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans 2-1, the theory being with so many more Dems in CT, Lanza MUST be one! Except that his hometown of Newtown is primarily a "red" area and there are (unverified) reports that his mother was a registered Republican. As of October, 2012, CT registrations are comprised of 20% Rep, 37% Dem and 42% unaffiliated. In CT, party affiliation is optional at registration and a voter has the right to become unaffiliated at will. Using the freewheeling method of logic so adored by this e-mail compiler it is more probable that Lanza was independent or unaffiliated as they outnumber either party.]
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ shooter – Leftist, registered Democrat.
[FALSE. Wishing does not make it so. The Washington Post confirms that Jared Lee Loughner registered as an Independent in 2006, voted at least twice, and was listed as "inactive" for the 2010 elections. At the time of the shooting, BOTH sides attempted to paint Loughner in the colors of the other. Both sides were wrong.]
All of these shooters were progressive Democrats! Why is that the media always tells us that conservative NRA-type gun-owners are the real danger? Lesson… Don’t trust the media! Or politicians!
—– The Latest Version:
You just gotta love it. Can’t argue with statistics. Or Democrats!
In 1863 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
[FALSE. His name, unfortunately, is lost to history as just two years later in 1865 Lincoln was shot and killed AGAIN by John Wilkes Booth, a supporter of slavery and Confederate sympathizer who was a member of the Know Nothing Party which grew from various anti-Catholic and anti-Immigrant nativist parties of the time.]
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
[FALSE. Charles Guiteau was a member of the Republican Party, (Yes, THAT Republican Party!,) initially supporting US Grant. In fact, he wrote a speech (read: cliché-filled rant) entitled "Grant vs Hancock" to be delivered in 1880 but revised it, (Essentially crossing out "Grant" and writing in "Garfield",) when Garfield became the Republican favorite at the 1880 convention. The speech was given at least twice and widely circulated among Republicans, including at the 1880 RNC summer meeting. As a result Guiteau felt that he was responsible for Garfield's success and was owed an ambassadorship. His constant badgering of Garfield and other cabinet members eventually forced Secretary of State James Blaine to demand Guiteau get lost and never return. Guiteau stalked Garfield for some time before eventually pulling the trigger.]
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
[TRUISH. Lee Harvey Oswald was a "left wing socialist", though I'm uncertain how that equates with "progressive liberal Democrat" in any reality than that of the far-right nutjob.]
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
[FALSE. Sara Jane Moore was a bookkeeper for William Randolph Hearst's "People In Need". She was not a Democrat, but a self-professed Marxist. She was also an informant for the FBI during her romp through various Bay Area underground movements. Both doctors and federal agents who have interviewed Moore can't explain her assassination attempt. She lies truly outside of every pattern. She purchased a gun with the intent to shoot Ford then almost immediately called San Francisco Police Inspector Jack O'Shea claiming she was going to Stanford to "test the system" and he should arrest her. O'Shea called the FBI who called the Secret Service who interviewed Moore, confiscated her weapon and ammo and then released her the following day. Moore purchased another gun, made several calls to authorities who brilliantly ignored her pleas for arrest. She then went to the St Francis Hotel and took aim at Ford, firing only ONE shot before being wrestled to the ground by a decorated former Marine. (A homosexual Marine at that!) I give more credence to the conspiracy theories that Moore was a brainwashed agent of an FBI/SS plot to assassinate Ford than to her inclusion on this list.
In case you wonder if this refers to Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, it can't. A former Manson Family member, Fromme's attack came just seventeen days prior to Moore's and while Fromme may have been a left-wing freak she never actually fired a shot. It's possible Fromme was a Democrat but her attempt on Ford's life was in regard to the "plight of the California Redwoods".
Sidenote: Moore's name is conveniently left off these e-mails because many of them refer to "white male violence." ether in the e-mail itself or in the initial commentary when posted in forums. It would not do to have a bothersome fact interrupt the overall flow of the deluded narrative...]
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
[NO PROOF. There is no evidence that John Hinckley, Jr was a Democrat. His parents were registered Republicans though. Of course, Hinckley shot at Reagan in 1981 so maybe there was another attempt that we never heard about. The only basis we have for his inclusion here is that he shot at a Republican, (Similar to the inclusion of Guiteau,) however before stalking and shooting Reagan, he stalked Jimmy Carter, a Democrat for a while before being arrested in Tennessee on a weapons charge. Before that he stalked Jodie Foster. I don't know what her affiliation is.]
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that James Huberty, (not Hubert,) was a Democrat. On the day of the shooting, however, Huberty told his wife that he hated, "children, Mexicans and the United States." The number of victims was actually 21.]
In 1986 Patrick Sherril, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Patrick Sherrill, (not Sherril,) was a Democrat. This is the incident that coined the phrase "going postal".]
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that James Pough was a Democrat. The number of victims was actually 11. For those tracking the "white male violence" angle, Pough was African American.]
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Lubys cafeteria in Killeen, TX.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Hennard was a Democrat, however he lived in Texas which, again, does not record party affiliations on voter registration.]
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Simpson was a Democrat. Yet again, a resident of Texas which does not record party affiliations on voter registration.]
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Ashbrook, (not Asbrook,) was a Democrat. And guess what? He lived in Texas too! So far the single, most common thread is that five of these idiots lived in Texas and whoever compiled the list is miserable at correct dates, names, victim counts and facts!]
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the U.S.
[FALSE. Robert W Pickett was a "disgruntled former employee of the Internal Revenue Service" but there is no available evidence that he was a Democrat. Told to leave work in the 1980's, Pickett embarked on a succession of lawsuits against the IRS, his immediate superior and his union the National Treasury Emplpoyees Union. While he did fire shots "in the general direction of the White House" he used a handgun and did not aim. After the initial shots were fired Pickett threatened suicide until he was shot in the knee and secured. There is more evidence that this was an attempt at suicide by cop than that Bush was the target.]
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Williams was a Democrat.]
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech .
[FALSE. See the original e-mail above. Also, not a "white male".]
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
[FALSE. See the original e-mail above. This incident took place in 2011, not 2010.]
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
[FALSE. See the original e-mail above. This incident took place in 2012, not 2011.]
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Engeldinger was a Democrat.]
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown, CT.
[FALSE. See the original e-mail above. This incident took place in 2012, not 2013.]
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
[NO PROOF. There is no available evidence that Aaron Alexis was a Democrat but he was a Buddhist. He was last registered to vote in New York City in 2002 according to NBC News, but his affiliation was not given. Also not a "white male".]
Clearly there is a problem with Democrats having guns.
[FALSE. Clearly there is a problem with right-wing nutjob falsehoods and fearmongering.]
In conclusion, for those cases with no available evidence I conclude that it’s POSSIBLE that some MAY have been Democrats but to state categorically that they were is simply BULLSHIT.
Not only that, but since 1982 there have been over SEVENTY mass shootings and the cases listed here represent just a fraction of those! Following are some of the other fifty cases that simply wouldn’t fit the distorted “Democratic facts” no matter how hard anyone tried: Buford Furrow Jr, Jim David Atkinson, Keith Luke, Dannie Baker and Wade Michael Page. None even close to being Democrats, some actually registered republicans, most either white supremacists or anti-immigrationists. The difference? Nobody is claiming that their Republican affiliation caused their murderous rage.
People, do your research when someone sends you something like this. You don’t have to be a genius to fact-check and you certainly won’t look like one if you don’t!