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Shapiro: Did the Left Create Chris Dorner?

By Ben Shapiro

Last week, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a murderous rampage throughout Southern California, shooting seven people, including five members of law enforcement, killing three. Before he went on his spree, Dorner wrote a manifesto praising liberal policies on gun control, media personages including Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews and politicians including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

But the bulk of Dorner's manifesto centered on his hatred for the police department from which he had been fired in 2009. He claimed in the manifesto that the LAPD "has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse." He accused the LAPD of widespread racism and brutality. And he traced the LAPD's racism to broad societal racism: "My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school ... I made a life decision that I will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me." He continued: "I am here to change and make policy."

When Jared Lee Loughner shot Gabby Giffords, the media immediately leapt to the conclusion that Loughner had been bathed in the water of political incivility. They attributed his shooting to a political map from Sarah Palin's website. They blamed the Tea Party.

When Adam Lanza murdered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the media jumped to the position that the NRA's "gun culture" was responsible. They suggested that violent video games and movies had to be curbed.

But when it came to Dorner, the media suggested that his manifesto meant nothing -- nothing! Piers Morgan blamed Dorner's "deranged criminality," although he said nothing of the sort about Loughner or Lanza.

If the manifesto did mean something, the media said, it was that Dorner was essentially right about the LAPD. CNN reported, "LA cops stalked by suspect -- and a brutal past." The New York Times reported, "The killings and Mr. Dorner's online manifesto have reopened old wounds for some black residents here, even as they condemned the violence."

The media never once stopped to consider that it was their coverage of the LAPD that may have created the cultural background noise for Dorner's belief system. Liberal Hollywood and the media regularly portray law enforcement as a bastion of bigotry and nastiness. Every depiction of LAPD in the last 20 years has focused on their supposed hatred for minorities, their corruption, their violence. If we are going to suppose that culture creates criminals, then leftist culture is responsible for Dorner.

In truth, we are all responsible for our own actions. But the double standard of the media is truly stunning. Next time they try to claim that Constitutional conservatism is responsible for mass shootings, the media ought to be reminded of Christopher Dorner.


Ben Shapiro, 29, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles, and Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News. He is The New York Times bestselling author of "Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


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  1. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    February 15, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    The wounds created by this deranged creature need to heal a little bit before we start pulling at the scab. There are still many more questions than revealed answers to this date. Instead of screaming “fire” in the theater, we should be receiving instructions about where the extinguishers are.

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    • bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
      February 15, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

      Good thoughts, otherwise we bring down the gavel many times in judgement during the course of the exploration into the case and often reversing ourselves the next day!

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  2. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    February 15, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Did the left create Chris Dorner,????,,,,unmistakably yes. He like many others was created , when they encouraged his mother to mate with men who were not worthy to become his father who was absent in the formative years of his youth, which never got formed by a real father that was substituted by Liberal lies with a false government. They created him when they told he and his mother “I am somebody” even though the nothings that they are just reflect the nothingness they create and contribute to society, nothing but consumption of the good produced by others which in the end only succeeds in consuming them, in anti-social behavior brought on by a false social consciousness based on a fabricated ideology that tells you that you are only as worthy as what you falsely feel, not as worthy as what you actually do.
    These liberals who divide by race and economic status created in the twisted social conscience minds of their entitlement victims, only succeed in creating the false sense of social worth based on nothing that they contribute, and when the indoctrinated children grow up and are stumbled into the real world of human competition, they see just how unworthy they actually are as compared to the others of their race and gender whose minds avoided the liberal contamination. They eventually just psychologically flip off the deep like all insane people eventually do, when the reality of the life they live can no longer ignore reality of the failure of their failed beliefs, and lack of social success, which ultimately mentally causes them to degenerate into the Progressive social zombies they are who flee to drugs and the siren sounds Presidential speeches to keep their raging insanity at bay. They socially lack the ideology of things and beings greater than themselves which would keep them humble and benign in threat, and productive and contibuting in action. Instead they are indoctrinated and deluded into thinking they are Gods, worthy of the power of life and death not only over their own leaningless lives, but the lives of others who soon fall victims to what was taught to they the disoriented, on the playing fields of Columbia, in the mendacity of the Liberal media, and the kindergartens of our Federal feral and fallacious socialist conquered kindergarten classes of Collective human conundrums of riddled minds and rattled socialist human snake charmers, who continue to do what they did in the garden of Eden,,,deceive the innocent to the collective destruction of mankind.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      February 15, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      Larry Elder said that he was told Dorner’s father died when he was very young.

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    • abxchangeComment by abxchange
      February 16, 2013 @ 7:07 am

      My sentiments, exactly.

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    • scientistComment by scientist
      February 17, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

      Dear inluminatuo:

      Are you a machine that only produces vacuous, inflammatory rhetoric? Do you understand anything at all about the human condition and how people actually live and survive and how they acquire their belief systems? Do you ever tire of blaming everything that’s wrong in America on your political adversaries, no matter how much empirical evidence might suggest otherwise in some cases? Your rants are so black and white, so absolutist, and lacking in the least little bit of nuanced thinking. I can see that you don’t actually understand very much, so you compensate for your shallowness by crafting ugly, hate-filled, apocalyptic prose using abstract crimes as your principal tool of indictment. You would have been a champion witch burner in the medieval period. Too bad you missed your calling ;-)

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      February 20, 2013 @ 9:06 am

      Dear Scientist’
      It is secular Liberals like you who worship the “Deus ex machina” God from the machine who continues to be the source of all social ills. You mistakenly think that the primacy of man’s finite knowledge and failed social experiments of playing God with other people’s lives, will prevail over the tried and true proven infinite wisdoms of the power from whom all blessings really flow ,which have never been you and your scientific empirical answers, which always prove to be poor carbon copies of the real thing. You think that you and your science and your computers, your cell phones, your jet propelled chariots of the self-Gods, and your endless media mind manipulation make you Gods unto yourselves. You believe your ability to manipulate weak minds make yours superior. You fail to realize that the technology you mistakenly believe in created by fallible men, is actually just rediscovered empirical truths of the infallible creator. You can create life in a petri-dish, but only with material created by another, which is the sum of all your ideology to claim credit for that which is created by others with other people’s money. You believe because you can artificially inseminate, that you have the right to actually abort life at your discretion, life created by your failed secular socialist Frankenstein social experiments gone bad. You all prove to be very small Gods indeed when it comes to solutions of actual problems. Darkness only follows in your wake.

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  3. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    February 15, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    “Did the Left Create Chris Dorner?”


    Are they responsible for slipping the lock to the gate which checks thoughts before they become actions?


    Are they responsible for giving cover and promoting words and actions which excuse certain behavior?


    The left did not create the seed but they planted it, watered it, and feed it.

    Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap

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  4. popstComment by popst
    February 15, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    “My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school … I made a life decision that I will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me.” He continued: “I am here to change and make policy.”

    I wonder if he had teachers like Jesse Jackson or the Reverand Al Sharpton, two of the biggest race-baiters alive.

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    • usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
      February 15, 2013 @ 10:50 am

      And I learned it in the AF in the late 50s and it continued thru til my retirement in 77. It started with removal of Race entries in personal
      records, followed by the inclusion of 8×10 portrait in dress uniform in your promotion selection folder….. This was followed by “Affirmative action” which was followed by “Equal Opportunity” which was anything but EQUAL! Then we were taught Race Relations by bigoted arrogant Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
      types.. Each one of these programs made it out of the Air Force and into the civilian world, to be heralded the greatest thing going. It infected the police and fire departments around the country… True there were some good and some great that benefited from this, but there were many good and great that were denied opportunity….. I won’t live long enough to fully get over it………

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  5. mamayoComment by mamayo
    February 15, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    re: When Adam Lanza murdered 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the media jumped to the position that the NRA’s “gun culture” was responsible. They suggested that violent video games and movies had to be curbed.

    You may want to listen to Wayne L.’s first dissertation after Sandy Hook. He was the one who blamed the violent video games and movies.

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  7. RPComment by RP
    February 16, 2013 @ 2:31 am

    What the left is always trying to portray is that it is some TEA Party person did the shooting. The fact is that the most of the several mass shootings in the past few years were done by Left-leaning people and most of them were on some type of mind control drug. The things younger people are learning in our failed educational system, is what is turning these people into killers.

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  8. abxchangeComment by abxchange
    February 16, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    On the other side of the coin, there are a lot of blacks that resent the fact that they actually worked hard and got their jobs on their own merits. But it’s pretty hard to think they didn’t weasel in just like all the others. I would take Allen West over a lot of white Presidents and I believe that he would vote regardless of a person’s race. I just wish more of the race would realize that they are only hurting themselves at the expense of others. The liberal whites are the ones who were racist, and now they have the gullible blacks joined up with them until they accomplish their agenda.

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