Jim David Adkisson, the alleged shooter at the TVUUC on Sunday, left a letter providing very specific evidence as to how he’d been affected by violent right-wing rhetoric and has made clear statements in that regard, as you can see from the following article:
Police found right-wing political books, brass knuckles, empty shotgun shell boxes and a handgun in the Powell home of a man who said he attacked a church in order to kill liberals “who are ruining the country,” court records show.
Knoxville police Sunday evening searched the Levy Drive home of Jim David Adkisson after he allegedly entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and killed two people and wounded six others during the presentation of a children’s musical.
Knoxville Police Department Officer Steve Still requested the search warrant after interviewing Adkisson. who was subdued by several church members after firing three rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun into the congregation.
Adkisson targeted the church, Still wrote in the document obtained by WBIR-TV, Channel 10, “because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the Democrats had tied his country’s hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in America with the aid of media outlets.”
Adkisson told Still that “he could not get to the leaders of the liberal movement that he would then target those that had voted them in to office.”
Adkisson told officers he left the house unlocked for them because “he expected to be killed during the assault.”
Inside the house, officers found “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly.
The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement,” and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.
Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”
Adkisson said he also was frustrated about not being able to obtain a job, Owen said.
The letter, recovered from Adkisson’s black 2004 Ford Escape, which was parked in the church’s parking lot at 2931 Kingston Pike, indicates he had been planning the shooting for about a week.
“He fully expected to be killed by the responding police,” the police chief said.
Owen said Adkisson specifically targeted the church for its beliefs, rather than a particular member of the congregation.
“It appears that church had received some publicity regarding its liberal stance,” the chief said. The church has a “gays welcome” sign and regularly runs announcements in the News Sentinel about meetings of the Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays meetings at the church.
Owen said Adkisson’s stated hatred of the liberal movement was not necessarily connected to any hostility toward Christianity or religion per say, but rather the political advocacy of the church.
The church’s Web site states that it has worked for “desegregation, racial harmony, fair wages, women’s rights and gay rights” since the 1950s. Current ministries involve emergency aid for the needy, school tutoring and support for the homeless, as well as a cafe that provides a gathering place for gay and lesbian high-schoolers.
Adkisson does not appear to be a member of any church himself, Owen said.
“In his written statement, he does not ascribe to any affiliation,” the chief said. “It does not appear he’s a member of any organized group.”
read the rest here
Since the alleged shooter has done all the work for us by being so clear about his motives, it’s difficult to see on what grounds anyone could argue that he was unaffected such comments as these:
“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
-Ann Coulter, August 26, 2002
“I’d hang every lawyer that went down to Guantanamo”
-Michael Savage, June 19, 2008
“In this recurring nightmare of a presidency, we have a national debate about whether he “did it,” even though all sentient people know he did. Otherwise there would be debates only about whether to impeach or assassinate. ”
-Ann Coulter, High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, 1998
That from The Galloping Beaver
More of Ann Coulter’s pithy comments:
Phil Donahue: “I just want to make sure we got this right. Liberals hate America. They hate all religions except Islam. Liberals love Islam, hate all other religions.”
Ann Coulter: “Post 9/11.”
Donahue: “Well, good for you.”
—Donahue, MSNBC, July 19, 2002
From “Cam Kate”:
On [Fox News Channel’s February 7th] Hannity and Colmes, Alan Colmes confronted Ann Coulter with the following statement she made at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference:“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too.”
Coulter whined to Colmes, “I didn’t know we were talking about this tonight, but now that you’ve sprungit on me…” but confirmed she made the comment and boasted it was a “huge hit with the audience.“
Colmes: “You hate liberals. You despise liberals. This is unbelievable.We should execute them to make liberals scared?“
Coulter: “Right. Right!“
— Feb. 10, 2002
“When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty.We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
— Ann Coulter, CPAC convention, February 2002
“God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it! It’s yours.'”
— Ann Coulter, Hannity & Colmes,June 20, 2001
“The thing I like about Bush is I think he hates liberals.”
— Ann Coulter, Washington Post, August 1, 2000
“If you don’t hate Clinton and the people who labored to keep him in office, you don’t love your country.”
— Ann Coulter, George, July 1999 (and you wonder why the magazine folded)
On Rep. Christopher Shays (D-CT) in deciding whether to run against him as a Libertarian candidate: “I really want to hurt him. I want him to feel pain.”
— Ann Coulter, Hartford Courant, June 25, 1999
“I have to say I’m all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the ‘hood to be flogged publicly.”
— Ann Coulter, MSNBC, March 22, 1997
And, finally, this one seems horribly á propos:
“If those kids had been carrying guns they would have gunned down this one [child] gunman. … Don’t pray. Learn to use guns.”
— Ann Coulter, Politically Incorrect, December 18, 1997
See American Politics Journal for more
If these comments don’t constitute incitement to violence, I just don’t know what would. In Canada, it would appear that the Criminal Code allows for prosecution in such cases:
Publicly inciting hatred, wilfully promoting hatred or advocating genocide are criminal offences under the Criminal Code section 318 — regardless of how those messages are communicated.
If that amounts to censorship, that’s fine by me. It’s a reasonable restraint on freedom of expression.
Thanks to Dr. Dawg and The Galloping Beaver
UPDATE: Ya gotta see driftglass