Knoxville’s police chief says the man accused of a shooting that killed two people at a Tennessee church targeted the congregation because of its liberal social stance.
Chief Sterling Owen IV said Monday that police found a letter in Jim D. Adkisson’s car. Owen said Adkisson was apparently frustrated over being out of work and had a “stated hatred of the liberal movement.”
It’s a tragic situation, and your heart has to go out to the members of the congregation and the families of those who were shot down.
When I heard the shooting was in a Unitarian Church, my first thought was that it was some right-wing nut job like Adkisson who attacked them for being too liberal. When we live in a country where the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity and Savage spend hours a day savaging and dehumanizing any one to the left of Dick Cheney, the only surprise is that this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often.
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.”
Does that sound like anyone we know? Anyone who might dominate talk radio?
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.”
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.”
Yep, just as suspected. The kind of hate those right-wing talkers and their ilk put out daily has to have some kind of an impact on those who listen to it daily, even those who are stable. But for the mentally unstable, their garbage can puch people over the edge.
Michael Savage and others didn’t pull the trigger, but they sure as hell helped load the gun.