Morning update: As expected, the Monday morning mainstream media stories are trying to link the Las Vegas shooters to the Tea Party because the shooters left behind a Gadsden Flag and shouted about a “revolution.” The Washington Post story provides a litany of crimes committed by white supremacists recently, then tosses in the following lines:
“The couple then reportedly covered the officers’ bodies with a cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag.
“The newspaper reported it was the Gadsden flag, a yellow background with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on me.” Named for Christopher Gadsden, the Revolutionary War general who designed it, the flag has been more recently associated with the American Tea Party movement and, by some, with the Confederacy.“
Reuters also did its part with the insinuation, “The newspaper’s report also said the shooters covered the officers’ bodies with something featuring the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag. The yellow flag, which contains an image of a coiled snake and the words “Don’t tread on me,” is associated with the conservative Tea Party political movement.”
The Reuters story puts the Tea Party connection in the third paragraph. Here we go again.
A Las Vegas pizzeria on Sunday became the scene of the brutal murders of two police officers by a man and a woman who then killed another person at a nearby Walmart before killing themselves during a shootout with police reinforcements.
According to information that was available Sunday evening, the police officers were just taking a lunch break when one of the shooters snuck up behind an officer as he got a refill of soda and shot him in the back. The gunner, reportedly the woman, then shot the second officer as he attempted to pull his weapon. The second officer managed to get off some shots before collapsing, but it is unclear if he hit either of the suspects.
The suspects then reportedly took the officers’ weapons and fled in the direction of Walmart, where they shot one person and warned everybody else to get out. Police reinforcements had arrived by that time, and the woman allegedly shot her male companion then herself.
As of late Sunday, the suspects had not been identified, but law enforcement said they were a married couple in their 20s. Officials reportedly found swastikas and other white supremacist material during a search of the couple’s apartment.
This occurred on a Sunday, which accounts for the lack of spin so far on the story because the liberal press sleeps in on Sundays. It will be interesting to hear the reactions from the liberal blogosphere and media outlets this morning because this shooting is nearly everything the Left has been quietly hoping for.
That liberals want to take everybody’s guns is no secret, but with a long line of liberal nut jobs being behind the country’s most notorious shootings, it’s been a hard row for the Left to hoe.
If these shooters do turn out to be true-believing Nazis, neo or otherwise, that puts yet another pair of infamous shooters squarely in the Left’s camp.
Regular readers understand that Nazism is a product of the Left, but for the sake of any liberals who are gearing up to take offense at this moment, Nazi is just short for National Socialism. Its goals — state-control of every aspect of human existence — are liberal goals. That includes the racism, which has always been a hallmark of the Left, which gave us eugenics, population control, the slow genocide called abortion, and the more overt hate groups like the KKK, the Black Panthers, La Raza and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In fact, the American Nazi party was very supportive of Occupy Wall Street, the extended liberal campout and bonfire that swept cities across America, demanding that the “1 Percent” buy them lunch.
But … this time, something right out of a liberal’s bedtime fantasy occurred.
The killers at some point reportedly yelled “this is a revolution” and covered their police officer victims with a cloth or flag bearing the Gadsden symbol on it. The Gadsden Flag is the famous Colonial image of a snake with the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me.” It’s a proud piece of American history.
It’s also been adopted by the Tea Party movement as its unofficial banner, which makes the Las Vegas shootings a potential goldmine for the Left.
In one fell swoop, a couple of apparent leftists may have provided the narrative that the entire Left, from the Department of Homeland Security to the Huffington Post (Update: Huffing-and-Puffington Post at this moment is running with the Reuters story), has been waiting for: A shooting of government officials in cold blood, that can be connected, however spuriously, to the Tea Party.
Suddenly, the Left’s wildest tales of “right-wing extremism” and Tea Party “racists” will appear to have some connection to reality.
Don’t be the least bit surprised if this White House, which prides itself on never failing to take advantage of a crisis, uses this incident to justify its own anti-conservative rhetoric and to distract from real issues like the Bergdahl swap and Benghazi.
There’s no telling how far the Left might try to take this, but that they will try to run with the ball is almost a certainty.