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Arapahoe High School shooter identified as a 'very opinionated Socialist'

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While liberals blamed the NRA for the tragic Arapahoe High School shooting, it turns out the alleged shooter was one of their own, according to the Denver Post. An article posted at news.com.au Saturday said that one classmate identified senior Karl Pierson as a "very opinionated Socialist."

The Post said Pierson described himself as a "Keynesian" on Facebook who mocked Republicans and had outspoken views on a variety of topics -- including guns.

Two other seniors who reportedly knew Pierson said he had political views that were "outside the mainstream," but, the Post added, they did not elaborate.

Senior Carl Schmidt said Pierson "was an outspoken kid about what he believed and a good political thinker."

"He did have a lot of friends. He was popular with the people he knew," added Brendon Mendelson, another senior.

The Post described Pierson as a "gifted debater" who was outspoken about politics and may have been bullied about his beliefs.

"He had very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff," said Abbey Skoda, a junior who attended a class with Pierson.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said his department is investigating reports that Pierson was looking to settle a score with a teacher after a confrontation.

According to reports, students alerted the teacher, who left the building.

"(The teacher) knew he was the target and he left that school in an effort to try to encourage the shooter to also leave the school," Sheriff Robinson said. "That was a very wise tactical decision."

Two students were wounded in the attack, and Pierson reportedly died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Update: The Denver Post has mysteriously scrubbed the reference to socialism from the shooter's profile. More here.

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