Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center re-posted a news item on its “Hatewatch” blog.
“Man Described as ‘Doomsday Prepper’ Dies in Fiery Standoff with Police,” reads the lurid headline.
The article describes a recent event where an apparently mentally unstable man allegedly went on a shooting spree from inside his mobile home after his girlfriend moved out on him earlier in the day.
Ted Lancer allegedly began shooting indiscriminately around 10:30 PM, police were called, and Lancer allegedly set his mobile home on fire and shot himself 45 minutes later.
A tragedy? Yes. A terrifying event for the neighborhood? Indisputably. A life-and-death situation for the police and other First Responders? Without a doubt.
A “hate incident” worthy of a place on the “Hatewatch” blog? Think about it.
There are no reports that Mr. Lancer made any racist remarks or threats against any groups, or that he was a Nazi, Skinhead or Klansman. His neighbors all appear to be white working class people in the news footage.
All we have is one neighbor claiming he was “a doomsday prepper,” which, if it is even true, is not a crime and certainly not a “hate crime.”
Another neighbor swears he heard “3,000 rounds of ammunition” cooking off in the subsequent fire. Shouldn’t law enforcement have an opportunity to examine the scene and present statements based on actual evidence?
“It’s not clear if the gunman, who was firing at his neighbors’ homes, actually fired at officers who responded, Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Dawson told Hatewatch.”
Despite author Bill Morlin’s hyperbolic claims of a “fiery siege,” it doesn’t look like the police even fired their weapons during the 45-minute standoff. They simply had to keep their heads down like everyone else until the fire consumed the last of the ammunition.
So where’s the “hate”?
We asked Mr. Morlin this question in the Comments section of his article, but apparently our post was found lacking by the moderators.
What’s really mind-blowing are the comments posted by the SPLC’s “anti-hate” preaching followers.
At least one SPLC follower had the humanity to lament the loss of the man’s dog.
According to the SPLC’s infamous “Hate Map” fundraising tool:
“All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
It seems pretty obvious to us that smarmy comments about “home-schooled” “chrischuns” are specifically designed malign entire classes of people, yet the moderators on the “Hatewatch” blog had no problem at all accepting this blatantly hate-filled vitriol.
Remember, every single comment on the blog is approved by the SPLC.
A sad, sick man is dead and, as usual, the fundraisers at the Southern Poverty Law Center want to peddle it to their “Progressive” donor base.
Vaya con dinero, SPLC. Whatever turns a dollar.