(Two vital updates to this story can be seen after the ABC News video.)
It did not take very long for opportunists to try and twist the tragedy in Colorado to match their own beliefs.
ABC news has already found someone to place blame on the Tea Party, Brian Ross from Good Morning America:
“There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, CO, uh Paige, on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last summer. We don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.”
UPDATE #1: Breitbart is now reporting that the Jim Holmes on the Tea Party site mentioned by ABC News’ Brian Ross, is nowhere near the same age as the shooting suspect.
The James Holmes who was arrested at the Aurora theater was 24 years old and seems to be from Denver, CO, according to a Facebook profile. There are many people with the name “James Holmes” in the area, and the James Homes on the Tea Party website could match a James Homes from Aurora, CO who is in his fifties and therefore does not fit the description of the suspect.
UPDATE #2: Politico has just posted that ABC News made a correction to this story and also issued an apology for the Jim Holmes error.
“An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.”
NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg and CNN’s Piers Morgan have also chosen to use the deadly shootings in Aurora, CO to push their own political agendas.
Bloomberg, a vociferous anti-gun billionaire whose security guards are allowed to own and carry weapons, has already challenged both President Obama and Mitt Romney to make a stand for tougher gun control.
“But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.”
Not long after the incident was reported, CNN’s Piers Morgan decided that he would use the tragedy to make his position on guns known.
Morgan’s obvious lack of knowledge about the guns laws in America was pointed out by many on Twitter. Michelle Malkin also tried to teach the Brit some of the positive benefits of gun ownership:
The link in Ms. Malkin’s tweet was tied to a 2007 story about a shooter in a Colorado church. Lives were saved that day because of an armed security guard in the church. She saw the shooter and took decisive action.
And then came the blame game on Twitter. Here a just a few of the tweets that want to blame Rush Limbaugh for this:
Hollywood is also going to wake up and hear about this horrific event and find a way to get their names and faces on it. Actor John Leguizamo gets points for being one of the first celebs to stand up (via Twitter) and demand that all guns be taken away.
H/T – Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, Kevin Eder