"He was a weird kid," Davis said. "He's a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time."School gunman Karl Pierson liked debate, running, but acted "weird" - CNN.com Not that he was a communist matters IMHO, just that if he was a Tea Party supporter we all know it would be the main story. I give them credit for mentioning it though. Haven't been watching other news today but imagine it's not a big part of this story for them either.