Libertarian Party: Denver shooter not a member

KDVR Fox 31 Denver via GD’s Political Animal:

December 31, 2017 – “The Libertarian Party is distancing itself from Matthew Riehl, the gunman in the deputy ambush that left one dead in Highlands Ranch on Sunday morning.

“Riehl released a YouTube video in which he claimed to be a member of the party and teased the idea of running for office as a Libertarian against Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock….

“The Libertarian Party of Colorado denounced the shooter and said it has no record of him in its database.

“The statement also expressed ‘great sadness” regarding the shooting and offered condolences to the families of those injured in the ambush.

“‘The core of Libertarian philosophy is a belief in a peaceful means to political change and a repudiation of the initiation of physical force for political or social reasons,’ Libertarian Party of Colorado State Chair Wayne Harlos said.

“‘Ambushing any person and committing physical violence is as blatant a denial of the Party’s beliefs as any action can be. Ultimately this is not about politics but about an evil action that leaves several families in grief over death and injuries.'”

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IPR Notes:

1) Michael Harriot at The Root has more about Riehl’s actual political alignments.

2) See article and discussion at Paul Frankel: Why Libertarians need to denounce the Alt Right and white nationalists and don’t need to worry about libertarian socialists and antifa for related issues.

3 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Denver shooter not a member

  1. Anon-Tipper

    Great. If I recall correctly, I thought the Colorado LP was more concerned with the far-left? Maybe they’re reconsider?

    Doesn’t seem like anyone is discussing this on the email list. Not looking forward to the next couple years politically, I agree, we’ll probably see more of this.

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