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If a serial killer, like Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD cop turned murderer currently terrorizing Californians, said in his manifesto he admired me, I would try to use whatever influence I had with him to talk him out of his cold-blooded rampage and war on his former police department.
But that’s just me.
Many days after his leftist-tinged screed was released, I’m still waiting for some of his heroes to do just that – people like CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Piers Morgan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and, of course, his most beloved public figures of all, Barack and Michelle Obama.
In fact, as far as I can see, the only person praised in Dorner’s decree to have reached out to this deeply disturbed psychotic is actor Charlie Sheen.
Sheen recorded a video Saturday, reaching out to Dorner, the triple-murder suspect who is the subject of a massive manhunt.
“You mentioned me in your manifesto, so thank you for your kind words,” Sheen said in the message released by TMZ. “I am urging you to call me. Let’s figure out together how to end this thing. Call me. I look forward to talking to you.”
Dorner had posted on his Facebook page the rambling proclamation in which he mentioned a slew of public figures and celebrities and his adoration or condemnation of them. His message to Mr. Sheen read, “Charlie Sheen, you’re effin’ awesome.”
Dorner also lauded the Obamas, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Colin Powell, Cooper and Morgan, among many others. He also blasted the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, calling him “vile” and “inhumane.”
Obama has said nothing. While he claims to love diplomacy and detest force among foreign potentates, he has not uttered a public word to Dorner suggesting he surrender.
Clinton, likewise, highly regarded by the American public for her diplomatic skills apparently thinks this matter is beneath her. Or, perhaps she’s embarrassed to be on his most-favored list.
Feinstein, a Californian no less – and one well-acquainted with the kind of violent deaths Dorner has already inflicted – has also been silent, apparently not wanting to appeal to Dorner’s “better angels” on the public-policy issues on which they seem to agree.
Powell, too, has been mum.
Cooper has actually made public comment, but not the kind of public comment one might expect toward an adoring admirer.
He announced on his show a few days ago that Dorner had actually sent him a package.
“It arrived February 1st at our offices at CNN; he sent it to me directly,” Cooper said. “As you can imagine, I get a lot of mail and a lot of it sometimes are from folks who have issues or are disturbed one way or another, so I actually don’t end up seeing a lot of the stuff and it usually just gets forwarded on to security folks, as was the case in this.”
What was in it? It was a gift.
“He actually sent a coin with three bullet holes in it. It was a coin that formerly belonged to Will Bratton, who was the head of the LAPD, who was his chief,” Cooper explained. “That’s the coin right there. I don’t know if those are actual bullet holes or if he just punched something through them and there are a couple of messages, as well as a DVD.”
Cooper went on to say the whole thing was “very strange. It’s a very strange feeling.”
“He said I should stop interrupting guests,” said Cooper. “He had a little advice for me, but he was in general complimentary. … Anyway, he’s still on the loose and police are obviously still looking for him and it’s a very serious situation. If anyone does see him, he is considered armed and dangerous and they should contact their local authorities. It’s a crazy, crazy time.”
Not once did Cooper try to talk his fan down.
How about Morgan?
"The L.A. cop-killer murder spree has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with deranged criminality," he tweeted last Thursday. "I hope they catch him asap."
Dorner had written about Morgan: "[G]ive Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100 percent on enacting stricter firearm laws. … If you had [sic] a well regulated AWB [assault-weapons ban], this would not happen. The time is now to reinstate a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30-round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle?"
But Morgan, too, didn't have any advice for Dorner to turn himself in. He didn't use his influence with the killer to bring him to justice and end the rampage and manhunt.
Morgan later tweeted that the manifesto is no joke and had harsh words for people like me who pointed out the irony of a stone-cold killer using firearms to promote gun control: "Shocking to see how many gun rights tweeters think this shocking L.A. cop-killer's manifesto is something to joke about. It's not."
If a serial killer were terrorizing people in my name, I'd do my best to get him to surrender.
Not so with the Obamas, Clinton, Feinstein, Powell, Cooper and Morgan.
They'd apparently sooner let the public forget who their most ardent supporters really are.
Related column: "What if Dorner had praised the right?" by Dennis Prager