Karl Pierson is the Arapahoe High School shooter who was looking for his debate coach Tracy Murphy, when he shot at two students, critically wounding a girl who is suffering from severe head trauma as a result of a gunshot wound. Her family has asked for prayers.
Pierson wanted strong gun laws against legal gun owners. It’s horribly ironic that he was an anti-gun proponent who shot people. Perhaps that was one of the messages he was sending.
He went through the school brandishing the shotgun, asking passersby for Murphy. Some say he began shooting right away and students ducked and locked themselves in classrooms.
Karl Pierson, picked on by some students but had friends who were able to ‘deal with his personality’
Pierson had strong leftist political views. The Denver Post wrote, “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist.” It was slyly edited out after it was posted, according to bearing arms.
How George Orwell of them.
“He was friendly enough. Very proud of being a socialist. He was very outspoken on his political views,” student Angie Mock said. “To him, it just meant economic — more economic equality.”
He also described himself as a Keynesian and was opposed to the free market. His ideas were ‘outside the mainstream,’ according to interviews held by the Denver Post.
The Denver Post reported that Pierson mocked Republicans on a 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?”
He was a strong gay rights supporter. All of his views were leftist.
Pierson was cut or demoted from the team by Murphy and suspended from school in September.
‘Karl half-jokingly threatened to kill Mr Murphy, and Mr Murphy got him suspended for saying that,’ Pierson’s friend and teammate Joe Redmond told The New York Daily News. Pierson felt the suspension ruined his career.
Pierson was allegedly afraid he would be prevented from joining the Air Force Academy as a result of the suspension.
A sheriff was in the school and ran to the scene of the shooting. Rather than a confrontation, Pierson took his own life, Fox News reported.
CNN Update: 12/16/13: Senior Chris Davis, 18, was one of the students who knew the shooter. “He was a weird kid,” Davis said. “He’s a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time.”
He was easily aggravated, “always liked to be right” and didn’t like losing, Davis said. “It seems realistic, now, that he did it,” Davis added.