Nothing is yet known about the motive or mindset of the perpetrator in Friday’s Colorado Springs shooting , but that hasn’t stopped people — including the media who should know better — from speculating.
Robert Lewis Dear, 59, gave himself up after a shooting spree that left nine injured and three dead. Nothing is known about him other than he hails from North Carolina.
“We don’t have any information on this individual’s mentality, or his ideas or ideology,” Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley said, according to Fox News.
Although the shooting took place at the local offices of Planned Parenthood, it’s not clear if the shooting had anything to do with the family planning organization.
Nonetheless, Davis Deery, who accurately describes himself in his Twitter profile as a “moron,” tweeted this — long before the gunman had even been identified:
Anyone else deathly afraid of the American right wing and these religious gun nuts who take things into their own hands? #PlannedParenthood
— MF David Deery (@MFDavidDeery) November 27, 2015
What people are missing is that the shooting actually began at a nearby Chase Bank. Possibly his motives had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood.
@MFDavidDeery The shooting started at a Chase Bank. When police arrived the shooter fled to Planned Parenthood. Motives not yet known.
— Don Fredrick (@Colony14) November 27, 2015
But that didn’t stop the speculation.
more white Christian terrorism? https://t.co/cw7uOsba6x
— A$AP Aspie (@ProfessorBLove) November 27, 2015
A "pro-life" supporter I bet…proving the GOP primarily speaks to the hateful mouth breathers out there https://t.co/Al43mePbzy
— tj matheny (@TJECS206) November 27, 2015
— Dat Wags Tho (@wagnerfilm) November 27, 2015
— Ö (@AFCGoonerO) November 27, 2015
And still the speculation continued — and dispensed as if fact.
— Festive G. G. (@ggsacks) November 27, 2015
White Terrorism https://t.co/zIzXP7AaBl
— Mr. Starchild (@WasTalCo) November 27, 2015
Will Trump call for closing all churches or just the ones that preach “radical Christianity“? #PlannedParenthoodShooting
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) November 27, 2015
— PastaRasta (@Pastafarian1964) November 27, 2015
PastaRasta was wrong on this one — the media joined the frenzy also. A local CBS reporter, discussing the shooting, claimed that “More people in this country have been killed by right-wing extremists than radical Islamist extremists.”
What made her think Dear is a “right-wing extremist.” Did she use a Ouija board?