Dear has a long criminal history, having been accused of domestic abuse by his wife in 1997, when they lived in Walterboro, S.C. There is also a peeping tom charge and one for animal cruelty. Obviously, Dear, 57, is a very disturbed individual.
Dear's arrest followed a standoff with police that lasted over five hours after he began firing near a PP clinic. The charges he now faces will make the others look like jay walking offenses by comparison.
Not allowing a tragedy to go to waste, liberals, including the "Divider in Chief" are jumping on the anti-gun bandwagon and the abortion issue. The first issue is understandable, but if PP isn't merely in the business to provide abortions, why are liberals in a huff over the shooting? It probably had nothing to do with Dear being upset about PP killing babies--in fact, he doesn't seem the type.
There is, however, clear evidence that we need to look deeper into the issues of gun laws and gun control.
If Colorado gun laws were Constitutionally in sync and civilians were able to carry (concealed or open), there might be three people alive today and Dear would have been stopped or have been smart enough not to have started in the first place. We will never know.
"We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Obama said in a statement.
You simply cannot get more dramatic than calling long rifles "weapons of war." Obama wouldn't know war unless it actually involved the White House. Bows and arrows, stones and fire were weapons of war too.
The problem isn't the instruments that can kill--that can be almost anything--the problem is our ability to monitor those who would have "weapons of war."
Dear is probably as nutty as an MSNBC anchor. People who know him say he is mostly a loner but when he spoke, he rambled on nonsensically and avoided making eye-contact. Although liberals tend to do the same, it appears that Dear is substantially crazier and should have not been able to exercise his Second Amendment rights.
One neighbor, James Russell, told the AP that he didn't recall Dear ever talking about religion or abortion, so the PP involvement may have been serendipitous talking points for liberals.
Obviously, there will be more to learn about Dear in the near future.
Regarding the criminal charges that we know of from Dear's past, the June 1997 domestic abuse charge came when his wife claimed he pushed her out of a window, and though she didn't press formal charges, she wanted it on the record.
In June 2002, he was seen by husband and wife neighbors lurking in their bushes outside their home and Dear was arrested on the peeping tom charge. He followed up by allegedly making "unwanted advancements" toward his neighbor but those charges were dropped.
In Nov. 2002 a neighbor alleged that Dear shot his dog with a pellet gun. And though Dear denied the shooting, the genius then told police that his neighbor "was lucky that it was only a pellet that hit the dog and not a bigger round."
In Sept. 2004, the same neighbor reported to police that Dear phoned him and accused him of knocking over his motorcycle and then threatened him with bodily harm.
Dear eventually moved to Swannanoa, N.C. and was charged in two other incidents, one in 2007 the other in 2011, but the police records do not specify details of those charges.
Anyone crazier than a liberal should not be allowed to own a weapon of any kind.