The purpose of this article is to compile primary and secondary evidence as to the religious or political affiliations of mass shooters. Several articles claim to debunk claims that mass shooters tend to be liberal or democrats. They typically are written without consideration of primary evidence and are written without consideration of the actual claims by proponents. The article will be updated as research is assembled.
Maj. Nidal M. Hasan (Fort Hood)
Nidal Hasan was a devout Muslim who opposed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He used his position in the military to promote Sharia law saying “I’m a Muslim first and I hold the Shariah, the Islamic Law, before the United States Constitution.” He is quoted as being supportive of Obama and had hopes Obama would pull troops out of the wars. This fact is quickly being scrubbed by news agencies. The screenshotted Google cache capture shows original text from an NBC article that is now missing.
The following is part of a presentation Hasan gave in his position as a US Military Officer:
Page 1: “The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military”
Page 2: “Objectives: Identify what the Koran inculcates in the minds of Muslims and the potential implications this may have for the U.S. military. Describe the nature of the religious conflicts that Muslims may have with the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Identify Muslim soldiers that may be having religious conflicts with the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Page 5: “Concept of Jihad: [Arabic jihad, from jahada, to strive; see ghd in Semitic roots.]. 1. Islam An individual’s striving for spiritual self-perfection. 2. Islam A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle against infidels. 3. A crusade or struggle: “The war against smoking is turning into a jihad against people who smoke” (Fortune). Struggles inside ones self are termed ‘the Greater Jihad’ and Struggles with outside forces ‘the lesser Jihad.’”
(This page about Jihad ties in to the last several pages of Hassan’s presentation, starting at page 35.)
Page 9: “Military Statistics: Pentagon officials say there were 4,070 self-declared Muslims in the U.S. Armed Forces in May 2001…. Qaseem Uqdah: heads the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council in Washington, DC, counts upwards of 15,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and Coast Guard members—2001…. “
Page 11: “Fatwa: Muslims in U.S. Military: … ‘It’s getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims.’”
Page 12: “Muslims in the Military” (Here Hassan cites Koranic verses about the punishment for those who kill Muslims.)
Pages 13: “Adverse Events” (Hassan lists four Muslims who refused to carry out their duties in the U.S. army. One inflicted casualties.)
Page 17: “Rule of Abrogation:…. ” (Koranic verses are cited that discuss how some revelations in the Koran override others. This will be important to page 35 and thereafter [below] in which “defensive/offensive jihad” is shown to override verses about peace and forgiveness.)
Page 22: “Concept of Complete Submission: O you who believe! Enter into Islam completely, whole-heartedly … [2:208]”
Page 25: “Lack of Submission:..” (Cites Koranic verses cursing those who do not believe or submit to the Muslim God. These cursed are “despised, hated, as apes and swine.”)
Pages 27-32: “Fearing God” and “Rewards”
(Discusses fearing the Muslim God and the rewards e.g. paradise for Muslims who fear and follow God.)
Page 32: “Punishment Verses: [8.50] And if you could see when the angels take away the souls of those who disbelieve (at death); … taste the punishment of blazing fire. [44:43] Verily, the tree of Zaqqum. [44:44] Will be the food of sinners. [44:45] Like boiling oil, it will boil in the bellies, [44:46] Like the boiling of scalding water. [44:47] (It will be said) ‘Seize him and drag him into the midst of blazing fire,’ “
Page 33: “Punishment Versus Cont: [44:48] “Then pour over his head the torment of the boling water” … [44:56] Surely, those who disbelieved in Our Ayat (verses, signs, etc), We shall burn them in Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for other skins that they may taste the punishment. Truly, Allah is Ever Most Powerful, All-Wise.”
Page 34: “Punishment Slides: … [41:29] And those who disbelieve will say” “Our Lord! Show us among the jinn and men who led us astray: that we may crush them under our feet so that they may become the lowest.”
Page 35: “Example: Jihad-rule of Abrogation: In Mecca Muslims were not permitted to defend themselves/fight. There only job was to deliver the message (peaceful verses). Emigration to Medina: self defense was allowed. Then offensive fighting was allowed. Later verses abrogated former ie: peaceful verses no longer apply. Indeed at one point Islamic spanned form Morocco/Spain to the Border of India/China.”
Page 37: “Defensive Verses: Permission (to fight) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged; and surely, Allah is able to give them victory.[22:39] … “
Pages 38-41: “Defensive Jihad” (Koranic verses are cited.)
Pages 42-43: “Verse of the Sword: … “
Page 44: “Offensive Jihad Cont: 9.29: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah … until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.”
Page 45: “Offensive Islam If The Future: … He will break the cross, kill the pigs and abolish the jizyah, … “
Page 46: “History Cont: Islam “spread by the sword?” … “
Page 47: “Different Paths to Heaven?: … [3.85] And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers.”
Page 48: “Comments: … If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the “infidels”; ie: enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: suicide bombing, etc. We love death more then you love life!”
Page 49: “Conclusion: God expects full loyalty … Muslims may be seen as moderate (compromising) but God is not … Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God, even by force, is condoned by the Islam. Muslims Soldiers should not serve in any capacity that renders them at risk to hurting/killing believers unjustly … “
Page 50: “Recommendation: Department of Defense should allow Muslims Soldiers the option of being released as “Conscientious objectors” to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events.”
Hasan was a radical Muslim terrorist with Democratic sympathies due to the Democratic opposition to Bush’s wars.
Seung Hui Cho (Virginia Tech Shooter)
The express reason for Cho’s attacks were to kill Christians, who he saw as hypocritical. He hated then President Bush who he describes as going on a “hummer safari”, likely an image of Bush driving around shooting defenseless animals. His manifesto is interspersed with religious imagery including a bizarre section claiming that he and people like him are Jesus Christ.
Only if you could be the victim of your reprehensible and wicked crimes, you Christian Nazis, you would have brute-restrained your animal urges to fuck me.
Do they wanna fuck us and pretend to be Jesus Christ? I say we’re the Jesus Christs, my Brothers, Sisters, and Children. Jesus Christ exists in us all: Ax Jesus Christ, John Jesus Christ, Jane Jesus Christ, Seung Jesus Christ, Carlos Jesus Christ, Hakeem Jesus Christ, Mohammad Jesus Christ, Zhang Jesus Christ, Oliver Jesus Christ, Elizabeth Jesus Christ, Vladimir Jesus Christ. ___________ Jesus Christ.
I say fuck you, you Descendants of Satan Disguised as Devout Christians. I say we take up the cross, take up our guns and knives and hammers, and take no prisoners and spare no lives until our last breath and last ounce of energy.
Seung was interested in class warfare, lamenting that the rich were able to afford luxury and he was excluded. He was a leftist.
James Holmes (Aurora Theater Shooter)
James Holmes was a moral relativist who targeted a movie theater in order to stress no motivations for his killings. He was killing to kill. His notebook describing his motivations is filled with questions on the meaning of good and evil and the value of life. Holmes has no social media presence and no information could be found on parent’s political affiliations.
James Holmes social political affiliations are best described as unknown.
Adam Lanza (Connecticut School Shooter)
Adam Lanza seems to be a primal anarchist. He called an anarchist radio show to talk about how society destroyed the life of a chimp by caging it. He expresses understanding towards the chimp and places blame on society. He compares this to human beings, including a mall shooting.
Lanza held gay-rights sympathies, referring to Tyler Clementi in a now deleted post on the Shocked Beyond Belief message board. He also calls others “homophobe”. He opposes traditional marriage and defends “zoophilic relationships”. He shows disdain for property rights. He says “Conservatives really piss me off. Actually, everyone does.” He says there should be no age of consent, and claims sexual harassment is a rebellion against artificial scarcity of sex.
Lanza held the view that society corrupted the natural state of humanity:
Thinking of this society as the default state of existence is the reason why you think that humans would be “not well” for “no reason whatsoever.” Civilization has not been present for 99% of the existence of hominids, and the only way that it’s ever sustained is by indoctrinating each new child for years on end. The “wellness” that you speak of is solely defined by a child’s submission to this process… When civilization exists in a form where all forms of alienation (among many other things) are rampant… new children will end up “not well” in all sorts of ways. You don’t even have to touch a topic as cryptic as mass murder to see an indication of this: you can look at a single symptom as egregious as the proliferation of antidepressants.
On a thread labeled: China is Reportedly Selling Pills Made Out of Dead Babies, he writes:
I don’t see how it’s more disgusting than a pill derived from any other animal. If anything, it seems slightly less disgusting.
He seems to be an evolutionist, by his own account:
I always ride the pessimism train down different tracks until it inevitably leads me to contemplating over 500 million years of animals cannibalizing each other.
Adam Lanza self proclaimed hating conservatives and espoused many leftist causes. His motivation for murder was action against what he saw as an artificial society. His atheistic worldview mirrored that of his heroes, the Columbine shooters.
Klebold and Harris (Columbine shooters)
Eric Klebold famously wore a shirt with the words “Natural Selection” shirting across the front as he shot his fellow students. He wrote on his website:
YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE!!?
—Natural SELECTION!!!!! God damn its the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak orginisms……..but its all
Like Adam Lanza, the motive for the Columbine shooting was primal anarchy. Instead he saw society as a corrupting influence, even wondering why he was not free to steal things left in vans.
Some excerpts from his journal:
NATURAL SELECTION. KILL all retards, people w/ brain fuck ups, drug adics, people cant figure out to use a fucking lighter. GEEEAWD! people spend millions of dollars on saving the lives of retards, and why. I don’t buy that shit like “oh hes my son though!” so the fuck what, he aint normal, kill him, put him out his misery. he is only a waste of time and money, then people say “But he is worth the time, he is human too” no he isnt, if he was then he would swalow a bullet cause he would realize what a fucking waste and burden he was.
Isnt america supposed to be the land of the free? how come, If im free, I cant deprive a stupid fucking dumbshit from his possessions If he leaves then sitting in the front seat of his fucking van out in plain sight and in the middle fucking nowhere on a Fri fucking day night. NATURAL SELECTION. fucker should be shot. same thing with all those rich snotty toadies at my school. fuckers think they are higher than me and everyone else with all their $ just because they were born into it?
ever wonder why we go to school? besides getting a so called education. its not to obvious to most of you stupid fucks but for these who think a little more and deeper you should realize it. its societies way of turning all the young people into good little robots and factory workers thats why we sit in desks in rows and go by bell schedules, to get prepared for the real world cause “thats what its like”. well god damit no it isnt! one thing that seperates us from other animals is the fact that we can carry on actual thoughts. so why don’t we? people go on day by day. rutine shit. why cant we learn in school how we want to. why cant we sit on desks and on shelves and put our feet up and relax while we learn? cause thats not what the “real world is like” well hey fuckheads, there is no such thing as an actual “real world”. its just another word like justice, sorry, pity, religion, faith, luck and so on. we are humans. if we dont like something we have the fucking ability to change! but we dont, atleast U dont. I would. U just whine/bitch thoughtout life but never do a goddamn thing to change anything. “man can eat, drink, fuck, and hunt and anything else he does is madness” – Based on Lem’s quote. boy oh fuckin boy is that true. when I go NBK, and people say things like, “oh it was so tragic,” or “oh he is crazy!” or “It was bloody!” I think, so the fuck what, you think thats a bad thing? just because your mommy and daddy told you blood and violence is bad, you think its a fucking law of nature? wrong, only science and math are true, everything, and I mean everyfuckingthing else is man made.
Thats what school, laws, jobs, and parents do If they realize it or not and them, the few who stick to their natural instincts are casted out as psychos or lunatics or strangers or just plain different. crazy, strange, weird, wild, these words are not bad or degrading.. if humans were let to live how we would naturaly it would be chaos and anarchy and the human race wouldnt probably last that long, but hey guess what, thats how its supposed to be!!!!! society and goverments are only created to have order and calmness, which is exactly the opposite of pure human nature. take away all your laws and morals and just see what you can do. if the goverment was one entity it would be thinking “hey, lets make some order here and calm these crazy fucks down so we can be constructive and fight other goverments in our own little so called self created “civilizied world” and get rid of all those damn insticts everyone has” well shit I’m to tired wright anymor tonight, so until next time, fuck you all
Humans can do whatever they want. There are no laws of nature that prevent humans from making choices. maybe from actually DOING some of those choices, but not from making the choice. If a man choosses to speed while driving home one day, then it is his fault for whatever happens. If he crashes into a school bus full of kidies and they all burn to death, its his fault. Its only a tragedy if you think it is, and then its only a tragedy in your own mind. so you shouldn’t expect others to think that way also. it could also be a miracle for another person. maybe the bus stopped the car from plowing into a little old lady walking on the sidewalk. one could think it was a “miracle” that she wasnt hit. you see, anything and everything that happens in our world is just that, a HAPPENING. anything else is relative to the observer, but yet we try to have a “universal law” or “code” of what is good and bad and that just isnt fucking correct. we shouldn’t be allowed to do that. we arent GODS. just because we are at the top of the food chain with our technology doesnt mean we can be “judges” of nature. sure we can think what we can think what we want, but you can “think” and “believe” you can judge people and nature all you want, but you are still wrong! why should your morals apply to everyone else. “morale” is just another word. and thats it. I think we are all a waste of natural resources and should be killed off, and since humans have the ability to choose… and I’m human… I think I will choose to kill and damage as much as nature allows me to so take that. fuck you, and eat napalm + lead! HA!
Dylan Klebold tended towards more introspective writings, making several claims to be “God”. He had contempt for Christianity and God, calling it “gay shit”.