Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Knoxville gunman: 'I hope others do the same.'
The four-page "suicide note" Jim David Adkisson left in his car on the Sunday morning last summer when he took a shotgun into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church in Knoxville was finally released yesterday after Adkisson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. It's a thoroughly depressing read: a desperate man's pastiche of paranoid right-wing talking points about the evils of liberalism.
Adkisson attacked Unitarian Universalists because he saw them as liberal activists. He wrote, for example:
Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate, & House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the Mainstream Media. But I knew these people were inaccesible to me. I couldn't get to the generals & high ranking officers of the Marxist movement so I went after the foot soldiers, the chickenshit liberals that vote in these traitorous people. Someone had to get the ball rolling. I volunteered. I hope others do the same, it's the only way we can rid America of this cancer/this pestilence!
I hope he doesn't get his wish.
By the way, I'm sure some enterprising student of right-wing radio will soon analyze Adkisson's manifesto to show exactly where each of the text's phrases and delusional charges against liberalism originated.
Copyright © 2009 by Philocrites | Posted 10 February 2009 at 9:42 PM