Think ALEC

Judd Legum of ThinkProgress reported that:

Police Chief Steve Bracknell, who is responsible for the Florida town where George Zimmerman resides, agreed in a series of emails that Zimmerman is a “ticking time bomb” and another “Sandy Hook” waiting to happen.

Bracknell expressed his views in response to two emails from Santiago Rodriguez, who reached Bracknell through a contact form on the police department’s website. Bracknell confirmed the emails’ authenticity to ThinkProgress and subsequently tried to distance himself from the remarks.

ALEC refers, of course, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a well-funded policy shop dedicated to promoting a reactionary politics (about which, see this) and the source (.pdf) of the “stand your ground” legislation which protected George Zimmerman after he killed Trayvon Martin.

Paranoia the destroyer

This year in lone gunman massacres

A Mother Jones report identified seven massacres 2012:

  • Sandy Hook Massacre
  • Accent Signage Systems Massacre
  • Sikh Temple Massacre
  • Aurora Theatre Massacre
  • Seattle Café Massacre
  • Oikos University Massacre
  • Su Jung Sauna Massacre

The Mother Jones reporters discussed here the criteria they used in their report.