John Scott Dekuyper, 53, Occupy Wall Street protestor, was arrested for allegedly attempting to rip the badge from an NYPD Chief. When he arrived at Manhattan Criminal Court to face disorderly conduct, grand larceny and resisting arrest charges on Wednesday this week, he was found with a Colt 45 and ammunition, according to the NY Post. Mr. Dekuyper was arrested on weapons-possession charges and held in lieu of $50k bail. Mr. Dekuyper, who has clearly benefited from capitalism, owns a hotel with his wife in Lewes, Delaware.
NationalReview.com describes a letter to the editor to USA Today on February 22 by an OWS protester that says, in part, "So maybe they should take up their Second Amendment-sanctioned guns and storm Wall Street and our nation's capitals. If our country doesn't change, it could very well come to that one day." This story also illustrates the mainstream media bias by noting the different media response to the Tea Party movement and the OWS movements.
Addionally, Newsfeed.com, in a story titled, "Occupy Wall Street Led to Rise in Gun Crime,Police Say," reports, "Recent reports reveal that the number of shooting victims for the first week of October 2011 jumped 154% compared to the same week in 2010," the story continues to say that the police feel that the OWS movement has hampered police resources, as 10% of the force are dispatched to watch the protests.
Despite the gun crime, the threats and the intimidation, the mainstream media does not link the OWS Movement to violence. It was a different story when the Tea Party was gaining steam in 2010.
The Media Coverage of the Tea Party and Guns
Speaking of guns, way back in 2010, a report was issued by the "Violence Policy Center," a national tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that "believes that the answer to reducing gun violence lies in applying the decades-long lessons of consumer product safety regulation and injury prevention to the gun industry and its products." The report mentions the Tea Party 34 times and makes such non-biased (note sarcasm) statements as, "Yet, by embracing one aspect of the Tea Party movement, the NRA again runs the risk of validating the full gamut of conspiracy theories that define the fringe of the Patriot movementÂ—especially when it paints its anti-government rhetoric and attacks on the Obama administration with such broad brush strokes."
This report was mentioned in the Huffington Post in a story titled, "The Tea Party, Gun Lobby & Anti-Government Rhetoric," and in Politics Daily in the article, "Tea Party's After-Party: More Extremism as Gun Rights Activists Hit Washington."
The UTSan Francisco News, "When Raw Anger at Government Turns Violent," laments that "Activists such as the tea party movement tap that rage for political and policy ends," regarding "lone wolves" and fear of incited another Timothy McVeigh.
The mainstream media has actual incidents of gun violence related to the OWS movement to draw upon, but they still do not make the connection, nor does the "Violence Policy Center." The Tea Party, which had no incidents of gun related crime, were targeted again and again as being potentially violent or inciting a lone wolf to violence.