The shooting that left two gunmen dead Sunday after opening fire at an anti-Islam art show has raised the profile of the event organizer and confirmed the pre-existing biases of Twitter users.
Pamela Geller -- a blogger, Fox News regular, and head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative -- organized the event offering $10,000 for the most offensive cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, and some Twitter users hailed her as a champion of free speech as they attacked liberals as somewhat less enthusiastic.
Pamela Geller for President...the only courage we've seen in dealing with the primal cult called Islam, "moderates" & all. #garlandshooting— Christian Dad (@Christian Dad)1430739963.0
@FoxNews @PamelaGeller, TX art exhibit organizer, on FNC. She's pretty sharp! I'm gonna keep an eye on this girl. #garlandshooting— Jim C (@Jim C)1430739770.0
Other Twitter users pressed their claims that Christians are victims of legal discrimination and made a case for Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" as the most famous artwork of the past 50 years.
1. Catering a gay wedding is offensive. 2. Drawing cartoons of a religious figure is not offensive. #Hypocrisy #garlandshooting— aspexit ⇙⇙⇙ (@aspexit ⇙⇙⇙)1430739700.0
Ok so drawing the Prophet Muhammad is racist, but putting a cross in a glass of urine is free speech and art...yeah, ok #garlandshooting— Brad Smith (@Brad Smith)1430740087.0
#GarlandShooting I pray all Muslims find Jesus as their Savior— Lower Prices Trump (@Lower Prices Trump)1430739987.0
Texas is God's Country, not Mohammed's or Allah's. @RealDonaldTrump @PamelaGeller #DontMessWithTexas #GarlandShooting— Mister H (@Mister H)1430740187.0
Others used the Garland shootings as proof that President Barack Obama's immigration policies had failed -- or that he planned to impose martial law in Texas.
Good thing Barack Obama has the southern border wide open for anyone to sneak in? #garlandshooting— Mr T 2 (@Mr T 2)1430740164.0
Who were these THUGS and are they part of the training camp in Mexico just over the unsecured US border? #garlandshooting— Just me (@Just me)1430739810.0
My favorite re: #garlandshooting "If a religion says you don't do it, you don't do it" Meanwhile: gay marriage, abortion, etc. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)— SCPantera (@SCPantera)1430740264.0
Even though the shooters used guns to wound a private security guard and terrorize attendees, gun lovers argued that the police shootings of the gunmen showed the need for more firearms.
Those blasting the free speech rally last for be "provocative" won't complain when their pride parades are attacked, right? #garlandshooting— Bob Owens (@Bob Owens)1430738865.0
Many Twitter users, however, were far less supportive of Geller and her tactics -- even as they supported her right to demonstrate her personality and views.
America was OK with ignoring the first 4,000 gun homicides this year, but the 2 today got people's attention. #GarlandShooting— JRehling (@JRehling)1430723096.0
You had a "contest" to allegedly stand up to terrorism but ended up creating more terrorism. What a smart way to deal. #garlandshooting— Nada Morrar (@Nada Morrar)1430739565.0
#PamGellar is a bigot. Bigots have the right to be bigots, without being "shot at" #garlandshooting #PamelaGeller— Özer Khalid (@Özer Khalid)1430740308.0