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The Tennessee shooter who gunned down churchgoers on Sunday at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a childrens' production of "Annie" had a motive for his murderous act - hatred of liberals. Two people were killed, seven wounded. Five remain in critical condition.
While looking for a motive for the shooting, investigators found a 4-page "manifesto" in the gunman, Jim David Adkisson's, SUV. According to Knoxville, TN Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said, "It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that and his stated hatred of the liberal movement".
The Unitarian Universalist Church has a history of liberalism in this country and has a deep committment to social justice. This particular congregation shared its space at times with gay groups, sheltered political refugees and founded a chapter of the ACLU.
One of the victims, Greg McKendry, 60, placed himself in the line of fire to protect others.
Adkisson, an unemployed resident of the area, has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail. According to knoxnews.com:
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.
Adkisson targeted the church, (Knoxville Police Department Officer Steve) 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."
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.
While this killing of innocent churchgoers was obviously the work of a lone nut, I will quote my friend Laffy:
They reported, he decided.
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