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Denver Post reports, then removes Arapahoe shooter's belief in socialism

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Arapahoe High School shooter Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, injured three students on Friday before killing himself, as was widely reported yesterday. One girl, 15, is in critical condition.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said that Pierson had had an "altercation with the teacher, but the sheriff did not provide details or elaborate on a motive," as reported by CBS News today.

However, a local ABC affiliate seems to provide more insight:

"Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school's librarian, Tracy Murphy -- who was head of the school's speech and debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team..."

Senior Max Minne described Pierson as having a "combative personality." Many sources report that he was passionate about "gun laws," presumably gun control laws, considering his ideology.

According to the article, Pierson

"was described as exceptionally bright but difficult and argumentative" and "was upset about being booted from the debate team."

Zahira Torres and Yesenia Robles of the Denver Post initially wrote yesterday,

"Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist. 'He was exuberant I guess,' Conrad told The Denver Post."

The original version was picked up in this article published by

But now the Denver Post article reads,

"Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated. 'He was exuberant, I guess,' Conrad said. 'A lot of people picked on him, but it didn't seem to bother him.'"

The change prompted Todd Starnes of Fox News to tweet:

Despite the fact that Colorado passed some strong gun-control laws in March, as reported at CBS News, and that the shooting happened in a "gun-free zone," many have predictably called for more legislation.

Almost immediately, CNN's Piers Morgan tweeted,

Joe Newby of the Examiner pointed out that some even wished ill on supporters of the NRA. He wrote,

"Whenever a tragedy like Friday's shooting takes place, liberals respond with hate and calls for death, as though murder is an answer for gun crime."

The Denver Post said that on a Facebook post, Pierson posted 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?"

Yet, Pierson was the one with the gun.

It would be interesting to hear why Zahira Torres and Yesenia Robles changed their story, without noting the update.

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.



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