Deactivated Facebook Pages Gave Clues to Scalise Shooter’s Influences

By David Codrea

UPDATE: After several hours of disabling, the Facebook pages are now back online and active — for now.  Perhaps all the publicity they have received, from sources as popular as Rush Limbaugh and as comprehensive as Conservative Treehouse contributed to the decision to restore the pages.

UPDATE 2: And they're gone again.

Purported Facebook page cover photo of Scalise shooter James Hodgkinson– Didn't he know Bernie wants to ban guns like his, or doesn't consistency matter to national socialists?
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Facebook has taken down two pages purportedly created by a Bernie Sanders supporter who went on a murderous rampage in an attempt to kill Republicans. James Hodgkinson succeeded in wounding Republican House whip Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force before being taken out by return gunfire himself.

By now, there are plenty of reports on how Hodgkinson wanted to “kill as many Republican members as possible.” We also know what stopped him, in the words of one grateful survivor:

“The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us.”

There are plenty more reports about “serves 'em right” rejoicing by “progressives,” and blood-dancing by gun-grabbers who would rather human targets not have the means to shoot back, all pointing to a cold civil war that’s heating up as Democrats pour more fuel on the #Resist fire. Kathy Griffin parading Trump’s severed head and Shakespeare in the Park’s ritual stabbing of Donald Caesar aren’t merely malevolent wishes for the man himself as much as thinly-veiled sentiments toward the flyover Americans that he’s an avatar for.

There are some sick “progressives” out there.

One area that won’t be as thoroughly explored is Hodgkinson’s purported Facebook pages, because they’re no longer active. I found two (here and here), and both have been taken down, but not before all sorts of pro and con exchanges proved that no, we can’t all just get along.

You can't get there from here.

NOTE: Pages restored. See “Update,” above.

I did some screen captures anticipating closure so that a record would remain on Hodgkinson’s influences. Note that doesn’t mean definitive conclusions can be drawn or specific blame can or should be placed, but they all add up as parts of the record that can help explain his worldview, and at least some of his shared “values.”

These were the media influences Hodgkinson chose to single out as being preferred programs from which to consider opinions and keep informed:

Not exactly a balanced cross-section, is it?

These were people and things he followed:

There were more, but unless someone captured it,. that information is lost to all but Mr. Zuckerberg.

And these were what he “liked”:

Don't look for NRA despite his affintity for guns.

More controversial, and less fair to draw conclusions on, were Hodgkinson’s Facebook “friends.” Obviously on social media we don’t always pay as close attention to friend requests as we might, and most of us have had the experience of “unfriending” someone we’d regretted accepting a request from. Some may be relatives, others business associates — in other words, take care against drawing “guilt by association” conclusions.

That said, the record is there to be explored, to find out if there are any kindred spirits and what their affiliations are:

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 22 thoughts on “Deactivated Facebook Pages Gave Clues to Scalise Shooter’s Influences

      1. Every Political Assassin, or would be Political Assassin, has been on the Left or insane (same thing in my book), not one has ever been a registered Republican:

        Successful assassins (whose politics we know):
        • John Wilkes Booth, a Democrat, shot and killed President Lincoln
        • Charles Guiteau, a member of the communist Oneida Community, shot and killed President Garfield
        • Leon Czolgosz, a leftist anarchist (similar to the useful idiots in the Occupy movement) shot and killed President McKinley
        • Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist, shot and killed President Kennedy.

        Failed assassins (whose politics we know):
        • Severino Di Giovanni, a leftist anarchist, tried to bomb President-elect Hoover’s train
        • Giuseppe Zangara, a professed anti-capitalist, tried shooting President-elect Franklin Roosevelt
        • Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, two Marxists, tried killing President Truman at the Blair House
        • Samuel Byck, who tried joining the leftist Black Panther group, attempted to kill President Nixon
        • Arthur Bremer, a “dues-paying member of the Young Democrats of Milwaukee,” shot Governor George Wallace.
        • John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Ragan on March 30, 1981
        • Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, member of the Manson Family and also a hippie environmentalist, shot at President Ford
        • Sara Jane Moore tried to kill President Ford as well because, as she said, “the government had declared war on the Left.”
        • Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, a leftist connected to the Occupy movement, tried getting a one-in-a-billion shot at President Obama by firing a gun at the White House

        1. And the left has fired the first shot in this current conflict between the parties. Maybe the proper gun law should be that Democrats, Socialists and Communists are banned from owning guns. That would clean up the inner cities, the gangs and the murderous left.

    1. Isn’t it interesting that these violent individuals turn to be from the violent left !! We need to start calling a wolf a wolf .
      The violent left needs to be labeled as such. Also it seems the media is trying instigate the loose cannons who believe everything the media puts out.

      1. @oldvet
        A radio host from where I live was on air during a Wednesday afternoon show. He was commenting on something Rush Limbaugh said during his show and went into a tirade about how Rush was lying about something and “Conservatives do the same thing too! There are just as many public mass shootings made by conservatives so no one should try to say this is a problem of the left!”

        I called in and very politely asked him if he would mind sharing the information about that. He instantly tried jumping to Timothy McVeigh. 1995. Twenty-two years ago was the earliest event he could bring to mind, never mind the fact that McVeigh was not really a conservative(He was more of an Anarchist if anything). I stated that that was a mighty long time ago to have to reach back to, and again politely asked if he would mind taking an hour and having one of his staff look up a list of more current incidents within the last decade. He just kind of grumbled and then, I kid you not, muttered “Well I don’t have the resources for a research department…” My call was ended shortly after.

        There is a difference between those on the right as conservatives, or constitutionalists like myself, and those on the left. On the right, you have an intense anger currently from being kicked around, denigrated, ignored, and delegitimized by the media, educational institutions, politicians, and our own neighbors. ANYBODY would be upset about that no matter what your politics are. On the left, the major difference is that from the ground up they are being taught and trained to hate not just opposing viewpoints, but the individuals that have them. That system is what we must Identify and bring to light. They are being told that because their political Ideology is the only morally correct view that the ends justify the means.

    2. Some of the highlights from yday include:

      Terry McCrook, governor of Virginia, claiming multiple times that 93 million people lose their lives every day thanks to guns. If there was ever any doubt that these politicians are brain dead and simply repeat lines fed to them, this ended it.

      David Frum tweeting that virginia does not have any bg checks for gun purchases and allows conceal carry of long guns (!), and then repeatedly arguing with the many, many people who pointed out that they have undergone bg checks while buying firearms in virginia or posting links to the law.

      Frum was so foolish that when parroting gun banner talking points he exposed a lack of even very basic understanding of gun laws, which is par for the course with journalists and politicians. His idea that people regularly conceal carry rifles is also hilarious – and the fact that this guy probably bought the rifle in illinois made it even funnier. Not to mention the fact that frum was one of the major figures lying us into the iraq war, claiming there were WMDs, and browbeating those on the right who opposed it as hating America and being some sort of enemy. How many innocent lives were lost thanks to frum lying about iraq?

      The NY Times repeating their conspiracy theory nonsense that the arizona shooter was inspired by sarah palin’s map. This theory has long been discredited because the shooter was not political land had obsessed for three years about doing what he did. They claim there was no link to the left wing terrorist, despite every day the media bombarding the people with stories about trump being a traitor and a fascist. Plays about trump being killed and comedians pretending to decapitate him are certainly part of the climate of hate speech that led to the shooter – and plenty on the left celebrated. This guy’s social media accounts looks as if he could be a host on msnbc, so it is not hard to figure out the motive.

      By the way, this shooter was not just a fan of the left wing tv types like maddow, but he was also a huge fan of the southern poverty law center, just like the family research council shooter from a few years ago. The media have blood on their hands, but are doing their best to change the subject to try and focus on banning guns. We need to be armed to defend ourselves from these crazy leftists – this was justthr tip of the iceberg.

    3. I don’t know why the “survivor” who said “The only reason why any of us walked out of this thing, by the grace of God, one of the folks here had a weapon to fire back and give us a moment to find cover. We were inside the backstop and if we didn’t have that cover by a brave person who stood up and took a shot themselves, we would not have gotten out of there and every one of us would have been hit — every single one of us.” wasn’t identified in this article. I think it is important, as it was said by Senator Mike Bishop. Now at least some have a clue of what the people are up against on the streets, and why we need our rights restored. I’m glad only the shooter died, and I hope all those who were injured make a full and total recovery.

    4. Actually if one pays attention to the lies of the left, they would discover that @$$face Terry McAuliffe told a whopper yesterday in an attempt to push for more gun control. He stated that “93 million Americans are killed every day by guns” and if you do the math, we won’t have to worry about the other lie of Global Warming because America will be depopulated in 4 years … we’ll all be dead. Except for Gil .. and he won’t have anyplace to spew his tripe because there won’t be a need.

      1. Sorry, Old (and venerated) One…
        I think you mean 4 DAYS… (93 million per day, times 4 days equals 372 million – far enough over the current US population to ensure complete annihilation!). But your point is indeed well-made.

    5. “I probably heard 50 to 60 shots,” Rand added. “Then finally we heard the response from the Capitol Hill police.” Quoting Rand Paul, from an NBC report. People in politics are wordsmiths, they have to be. Very seldom do they make ill considered statements. Finally? I would think that any event where so many prominent politicians were gathering would have at least a couple of Secret Service agents on hand. This guy was able to just walk up with a rifle, and reload at least once (according to Rep. Mike Bishop, several times), before being engaged?

      Another witness in the same report describes the gunman as completely emotionless, as if it were some sort of training exercise. How many times have we heard that exact description from other incidents (Google MK Ultra, and you’ll understand why that makes me suspicious)? Again, according to Rep. Bishop (as quoted in the above article) had not Rep. Scalise had an armed private security person with him, who returned fire, allowing those on the field to reach cover, it would have been much worse. A few hours on, the official story mentions only Capitol police. The spin has begun. I also don’t believe for one second that it was just a coincidence that the first target just happened to be the third most powerful Republican on the Hill.

      It has started. We can expect much more of this in the coming year. The radical Left is morphing into our own home grown Hezbolla. Of course, all of the very suspicious details above will probably be lost in the incessant screeching of “lone nuts can buy assault weapons!” from the Left that has already started. As citizens, our greatest challenge will not be dealing with the now violent radical Left. It will be keeping them from stampeding our Congress into some “solution” that will be far worse for us and our basic rights than the Patriot Act has been.

    6. Any one giving odds on how long it will be before the Troll “Gil” shows up on this one? He has had a long history fantasizing about individuals murdering people whenever second amendment issues come up. Since it was a left wing Bernie guy this time, will he trot out his usual lies? Will he stay silent and pretend it didn’t happen?

      Stay tuned, Same bat crazy Gil, same issue every week.

      Please, Don’t feed the troll.

      1. I actually enjoy Gil trolling here because he causes many people who oppose him to make great posts against him that I agree with. However, I don’t enjoy people discouraging others to comment by repeating “Don’t feed the troll.” over and over again.

        1. @Citizen
          Except recognizing him gives him a sense of a job he is doing. Just lay out the facts in a great post, and ignore the trolls. You may not like that it is being said, but they have one job and that is to stir up anger and get normally rational people to comment running hot on emotions so that they can have little bits to cut and paste together to show in rags like the New York times “How crazy and violent” conservatives are. I am in no way trying to discourage people like yourself from commenting, so please do not make that statement in the future. What I am saying is ignore responding directly to Gil, post a rational, factual evidence based comment and it will not only destroy whatever lie they are trying to push but also keep from giving them ammunition to use against us.

          @tomcat
          That is exactly what I am trying to put a stop to. However, while I managed to get that up as early as possible to keep it from happening on this particular issue, might I ask what you are bringing to this article now? Have you talked about how the New York Times is blaming Republicans for this shooting, reiterating proven lies from almost a decade ago like Trumped did? Perhaps you have brought up non firearm Murder Statistics from the FBI like Tionico did? If you are going to say “Get a life.” and demand that the content of the article be followed with the comments having merit, where is yours? Don’t set a double standard.

      2. Yes, you all make gil and xx the stars of the show. Regardless what the article says the comments are about those two a$$ holes. Get a life.

    7. I would not doubt this liberal got the guns went gunning for R because the R supports 2 A rights. So the liberal figures if they are going to see another gun attack it will be a liberal taking it straight to the source. (not my way of thinking it is theirs). The fact that he shooter was stopped by guns should prove that less guns means more deaths. We should end all gun bans by location and return to common sense. There are way too many guns out there to collect them all Obama made sure people bought plenty when he kept playing with gun laws during his term, he was the best gun salesman of the free world.

      1. I actually saw a comment on FB where a scumbag said of the shooting. “Chickens coming home to roost” I have no clue if he really was a Religious leader or a Doctor but he had that in his name. Liberals think if they just remove all the guns the killing will stop? No it will not we are humans we know how to build guns are you going to remove all the metal stock out there? Are you going to take all the machine shops? We have people that are building their own nuclear reactors in their homes. This is where the industrial revolution took off. Most Americans can build a gun with a visit to the junkyard. Lets say they take all the guns and nobody builds one do you think people will not go to bombs next or as in France using vehicles to murder people? Or London where they used vehicles knives and gun laws to provide a nice fish in the barrel affect to insure they had plenty targets to kill. London only place where police respond to men with knives and they have to retreat they are far too advanced in their weaponry.

        1. @Sean, Regarding the liberal thought that if they just remove all the guns the killing will stop. You are correct. It won’t. When Cain slew Able, there was no gun around.

          1. Yup. Plenty of rocks/clubs lying about. God did not deal with the tool, He dealt with the FOOL who rose up and killed, using what he had to hand.

        2. Claw hammers are used to murder more people in the US each year than ALL types of long guns combined. Per FBI data. SO, ya gonna start requiring Back ground checks at the local Home Cheapo?

          As always, it ain’t the arrow, its the indian.

          There are THREE things must be in place for the commission of any crime.. means, (the tool) opportunity (able to be done), intent (the will to do so). Remove the last, nothing will happen. REmove the second, one with the third will wait, or work, to gain opportunity. Remove the first (no guns, say) anyone with the last two will find another means.. car, knife, hammer, poison, broken beer bottle, baseball bat (plenty of those available at this venue, a baseball field) , brick, bare hands, huge rock……

      2. nd since The Donald was elected, gun sales have continued apace…. read yestarday that NICS checks for last May broke the all time record for gun sales in any May recorded. This is good news….

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