“The social media presence of Michigan triple-homicide suspect Brady Oestrike shows a heavy focus on guns and gun rights,” mlive.com reports. “On his Facebook page, Oestrike’s main photo shows a cartoon character holding a gun and with a machine gun feed around her neck. In various posts, he champions gun rights. One picture shows a sheep armed with a type of grenade or rocket launcher.” That would be the picture above – which makes a point about liberty that mlive.com forgets to mention. But wait! That’s not all . . .
Oestrike also has shown a presence on AR15.com forums, talking about guns and triggers. He also is described as a “junior member” on Armslist.com.
Oerstrike’s Facebook photos show that he may have participated in some sort of medieval re-enactments at some point. He is shown with swords in one photo.
The photos also show a softer side. He is pictured holding a baby in another photo.
In one of the photos with him holding a baby, a handgun can be seen on a table next to him. [above]
Which proves . . . what? Did he shoot his victims to express his support for Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? I don’t think so. Equally, how many killers supported gun control (e.g., ex-LA cop Chris Dorner)? What did the mainstream media say about Dorner’s anti-gun diatribe in his manifesto. Nothing. Not one word.
As far as I can tell, Oestrike’s political views had nothing to do with his crime. mlive’s attempt to paint Oestrike as a “gun nut” and link that to his heinous act – Michigan triple homicide suspect’s social media presence shows firearms and gun rights support – is a heinous act. It emboldens those who make it difficult if not impossible for average Americans to defend themselves against brutal killers. Like Brady Oestrike.