Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Not All about Politics

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

It's Not All about Politics

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Colorado police say that shortly after midnight Thursday, James Holmes, armed with a shotgun, a rifle and a pistol, entered a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora where the new Batman movie was premiering. He shot at random 70 people, killing 12.

"Brian, you've been investigating the background of Jim Holmes here," George Stephanopoulos, anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" program, said to reporter Brian Ross Friday morning. "You've found something that might be significant."

"There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado on the Colorado Tea Party site as well," Mr. Ross responded. "Talking about him joining the Tea Party last year."

The James Holmes of Aurora who police arrested is a 25-year-old white man. The James Holmes of Aurora who is a Tea Party member is a 52-year-old Hispanic.

To illustrate how vile this is, the Internet humorist David Burge (Iowahawk) tweeted the arrest records of various felons named "Brian Ross."

"Correction: in previous tweets I mistakenly identified ABC News' Brian Ross with a series of arrestees," Iowahawk concluded. "I apologize to the arrestees."

Jared Loughner shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ari, and 17 others in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. Early coverage and commentary speculated that "Loughner unleashed his rampage because he was incited by the violent rhetoric of the Tea Party, the anti-immigrant movement and Sarah Palin," said New York Times columnist David Brooks.

Bigfoot journalists such as Bob Schieffer of CBS and Matt Lauer of NBC pronounced Ms. Palin guilty because her PAC's website identified Democrats she thought could be defeated with rifle crosshairs.

Mr. Loughner was a paranoid schizophrenic. His murderous rampage had nothing to do with politics.

Mr. Holmes dressed for his shooting spree as Batman's arch enemy.

"It clearly looks like a deranged individual," said NYPD police chief Ray Kelly. "He had his hair painted red. He said he was 'The Joker.'"

Of (at least) 28 mass shootings since 1999, a political motive was apparent in only the Fort Hood massacre in 2009, and the D. …

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