1. Trebuchet says

    Original content in this post: None

    From the linked article:
    Evidence that the suspect was a Republican or conservative of any kind: None
    Evidence that the suspect was a gun nut: None. As far as the article shows, just one gun.
    Number of “houses” blown up: One.
    Number of “cops” slaughtered: One.
    Evidence of “Rage Drunk”: I’ll give you that one. But maybe just mentally ill. Or both.

    Evidence of laziness in CPP’s post: Overwhelming.

  2. Trebuchet says

    Forgot to add: It’s entirely possible, maybe even likely, that all of CPP’s assumptions are correct. But you know what they say about assumptions.

  3. eeke says

    The individuals involved in the tragedy may not have been republicans. But they lived in a state where you can see ads for automatic weapons on tv and purchase them at a fucken yard sale, no questions asked.

  4. Cuttlefish says

    What I am astonished at, given the particulars of the case, is that I have not seen (yet) anyone blaming the cop for entering the house, where the legally armed man was only defending his home against the unreasonable intrusion of the government into his private business.

    I have no doubt I will see it. When the sheriff was shot a couple years back, it was a NH legislator who said it.

  5. chris69 says

    Regarding post 3 “But they lived in a state where you can see ads for automatic weapons on tv and purchase them at a fucken yard sale, no questions asked.” Automatic weapons caan not be baught at a fucken yard sale unless the seller and buyer want to risk up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in federal prison. Automatic weapons are classified under Title II and can only be purchased from a dealer with a class 3 license to sell NFA (National Firearms Act) weapons.

  6. Trebuchet says

    Still not a lot of information on the shooter. This article says he was a “man child” who’s “never been right” and stayed in his room listening to a police scanner. Apparently didn’t work, maybe never has.

    No information on the gun or guns that I’ve been able to find. Or any apparent political views. If anyone finds something, please post. I’ll keep looking.

  7. Shatterface says

    I don’t see anything about his politics in the story and I suspect that if it turns out he’s a Democrat reporting will switch from ‘Republican gun nut’ to ‘tragic victim of cuts to mental health budget’.

    ‘Never been right’ and ‘reclusive man-child’ aren’t listed as a mental illness in either DSM-V or ICD-10, by the way, and look like dog-whistle terms for developmental disorders.

    If it turns out he is on the spectrum you might want to reconsider using the term ‘nut’

  8. Trebuchet says

    Still no real information about Michael Nolan, the shooter. Other than that he was a recluse, didn’t work, had never been in trouble before, and was “like an adolescent”. That’s been out there for a couple of days.

    They’re playing the investigation very close to the vest. Nothing on the type or number of guns, nothing on the cause of the fire and explosion, nothing on Nolan’s cause of death. It appears this is going to take a while.

  9. birger johansson says

    This is a tragedy. I don’t know the state of mind of this person, *some* unhinged people have paranoid delusions that may be made worse by the rethoric of the likes of Lush Rimbaugh. It would not surprise me, but so far the motives of this individual are unknown, and may never be known.

  10. Trebuchet says

    Here’s the best recent story I’ve found:

    Seven guns found in the home, one of them the officer’s. Nolan apparently had three rifles and three handguns. So “gun nut” is a possibility all right. There was an earlier statement that Nolan’s father didn’t have any guns.

    Fires were set in several places, presumably by Nolan. The explosion may have resulted from propane leaking from a line severed by a bullet.

    Nothing new on Nolan’s political views, if any.

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