Get ready for the media (if they haven’t already) to try to discredit everything the Tea Party has stood for and done because of the actions of one guy who allegedly signed up at a tea party website who also killed three people at a “gun-free” Lafayette theater.
According to a tea party leader, the Lafayette theater shooter didn’t ever do anything, say anything, or contribute anything through the website forums, but he did have an account, according to the Daily Caller:
It appears the 59-year old man believed to have shot up a Louisiana movie theater on Thursday night once created a profile on a national tea party community website, but the leader of that organization tells The Daily Caller he doesn’t know John Russell Houser.
I mean we’ve got 55,000 people who are on the website, who have signed up as members,” Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, said in a phone interview with TheDC on Friday morning.
“As far as I know, he’s never contributed to any discussions or anything on the site,” Phillips said of Houser. “Wouldn’t know the guy if I met him.”
Or else it was someone else by the same name. Apparently, that happened with the other theater shooter James Holmes, who was just convicted of murder a week ago. The media were quick to find a “Jim Holmes” registered at a tea party website. But it was not the same Holmes who killed 12 people and injured 70. Maybe that’s the case with John Russell Houser.
Even if he had an account at a tea party website, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that he was a murderer who killed three people and injured at least seven. And if he hadn’t killed himself, we’d likely have to wait years for a conviction, and even longer to see justice with the death penalty.
And we can’t forget that the theater that Houser was in was a gun-free zone. Firearms were strictly prohibited. Breitbart posted this picture from the theater’s website:
That’s one reason Houser was able to shoot as many people as he did. Instead of a concealed carrier being able to shoot back, people were left to run, hide in their seats, or play dead, as one survivor did. “Right-wing extremist” or not, law-abiding citizens should be allowed to defend themselves from any violent attacker.