In a move that seems designed just for the death penalty, Florida prosecutors have officially filed their intent to seek the death penalty against 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. As I’m sure you’re well aware, Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, armed with high-capacity rifle and shot and killed 17 people among students and staff. However, Broward County prosecutors are still open to a plea deal. To my knowledge, which is totally just off the top of my head, no school shooter, who survived long enough to make it to trial, has ever been sentenced to death. Hopefully, Cruz will be the first.
Florida is known for its frequent use of the death penalty although by my estimate it would probably be about 15 years before he would be executed. By then, I doubt even Florida will still have the death penalty. If only this reprobate could be executed 17 times.
Close to a month ago, The Office of the Medical Investigator released the results of Atchison’s autopsy. While the cause of death was obvious, it was a few other details that caught my attention. The first was there were no drugs in his system, prescription or otherwise. I’m sure the pharmaceutical deniers will say he probably should have been on meds since they can’t make up their minds if being on meds or being off meds causes school shootings. Again, neither does.
The other thing that caught my attention, as you can probably tell by the headline, is that Atchison had crudely drawn nazi tattoos among others. Atchison was said to have a swastika, the SS symbol, the phrase ‘Build a Wall’ tattooed on various parts of his body while he had the words ‘your home’ written on his groin. He also had the anagram AMOG tattooed on him which according to Urban Dictionary means ‘Alpha Male Other Guy ‘. If that’s not bad enough, the tattoos were upside down, so not only did he probably do them himself, but he did them so only he could read them.
I have no doubt that this assclown was a trilby wearing, Reddit posting, 4chan trolling member of the alt-right. While the alt-right didn’t invent school shootings, they sure seem to have adopted the school shooter ethos.
19-year-old Yunsong Zhao was the Virginia Tech student from China who was arrested back in January after allegedly trying to purchase 5,000 bullets for his AR-15. He was also supposedly researching how to obtain body armor and was in possession of a decommissioned police car that still had police markings on it. While in jail he considered himself a celebrity and expected a “victorious return to China.” His return to China may be more imminent than he thinks, but it may not exactly be victorious.
Zhao was originally held on no bail, but after police determined the ammunition clip used for his gun was a legal 20 round magazine, his bond was lowered to $2500. However, after posting bond, he was immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will more than likely be facing deportation. As I’ve said before, while no evidence of any kind of plot has been discovered by police, I highly doubt he was planning on becoming his own one-man police force.
While I don’t believe guns cause school shootings, you still can’t have the shooting part without the gun. It seems almost backwards that in Virginia you can purchase a high-capacity rifle at the age of 18 but can’t buy a handgun until you’re 21. Even though a 20-round magazine is considered legal, it’s obvious that such a capacity is designed for only one thing and it’s not hunting. If you need 20 rounds to bag a deer you need to work on your marksmanship. Since doing away with all guns in our country is a pipe dream, I would at least raise the age of gun ownership nationally to at least 25 and ban the sale of high-capacity magazines. I would also increase the penalties for people who don’t properly store or handle guns, you know, because of all the responsible gun owners out there.
Don’t forget, when a headline asks a question the answer is usually no, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Steam, it’s the most popular platform for PC gamers to purchase and download their video games. Like most platforms and social networks, Steam also has a community section where users can start their own communities to discuss a varying number of topics. Unfortunately, a number of these communities are tributes to Columbine and school shooters.
Does this mean there’s some credence to the alleged link between video games and school shootings? Not in the least. If anything, it lends credence to my theory that kids who identify with school shooters, known as columbiners, who hang out in these communities are more likely to be a school shooter than your typical gamer. Communities like this have been around since Columbine became a thing, and have been on multiple platforms. There have been message boards dedicated to the cowardly Columbine killers, not to mention communities that go as far back as being on LiveJournal. Today, they exist on platforms like Tumblr among others.
What concerns me is a lot of these gamers who are posting on Steam are kids, and it’s obvious their parents have no idea what their kids are up to online. The parents are either unwilling to take the time to check on their kids, are too impatient to learn the technology kids use, or are too trusting of their kids and would rather be their friend than their parent. If one of your kids has a Columbine or school shooting obsession do something about it. It’s not just a phase, it’s a sign of mental illness. Get them help before they hurt themselves or someone else. Getting them help doesn’t make you a failure as a parent, you’re a failure if you don’t.
Seven years after her disappearance, two years after her remains had been found, and on almost what would have been her 20th birthday, Erica Parsons‘ adoptive parents have finally been charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Erica went missing in 2011 from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina, but wasn’t reported missing for two more years. Her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, have claimed that Erica went to live with her biological grandmother in Asheville, North Carolina. While Erica was missing her adoptive parents continued to collect benefits in Erica’s name. Both Sandy and Casey Parsons are currently serving time in federal prison for fraud.
This past Monday, a grand jury in Rowan County, North Carolina, handed down an indictment charging the Parsonses with first-degree murder, felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, felony concealment of death and felony obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment, the Parsonses “did knowingly and willfully dismember and destroy human remains of Erica Lynn Parsons, by any means, including removing body parts and otherwise obliterating any portion thereof.”
Thankfully, they’re already in prison so no one has to look far for them. North Carolina does have the death penalty and first-degree murder is a capital offense. However, due to the fact that the autopsy couldn’t discern an exact cause of death, and that North Carolina hasn’t executed anyone in 12 years, I doubt either of the Parsonses will receive the punishment they deserve.
O’Connor had the usual school shooter’s journal but we’ll get to that in a moment. The major part of the evidence was the Hi-Point 10+1 9mm Carbine rifle that he kept in a guitar case. Another idiot who thinks he’s El Mariachi. The reason that O’Connor bought the 9mm Carbine was because it was the same gun used by the coward Eric Harris during Columbine. That’s right kids. O’Connor is a columbiner. I wonder what his Tumblr user name is. As with most cowardly Columbine copycats, O’Connor planned his shooting for around the anniversary of Columbine. Not an original thought between the lot of them.
Below is the search warrant affidavit detailing what evidence police found in their investigation. I want to draw your attention to page 4.
In case you’re wondering which part I’m referring to, it’s this one.
The part where he says how easy it was for him to buy a gun, a gun he planned on using to beat all known mass shooting body counts.
In case you think that this troglodyte was nowhere near committing a school shooting, you’re wrong. O’Connor is also accused of using that gun to hold up a convenience store and getting off on it. He is said to have written in his journal about how powerful he felt threatening the female clerk.
Too many guns are easily finding their way into the hands of these degenerates. You may say that guns don’t kill people, but they sure do make it a lot easier. While the cowards who wield them are ultimately responsible, no other commercially available weapon can rack up the number of dead innocents quite like a gun.
In non-school shooting, but equally as disturbing, news, the Dunbar Village gang rapists are back in the news. In case you’ve never heard of this story back in 2007, a group of four teens committed the home invasion of a mother and her son in the Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Florida. The quartet not only gang raped the woman but they forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son. The four tried setting their victims on fire, but when they couldn’t find a lighter they doused their victims in cleaning fluids to try to remove any DNA evidence. Three of them were sentenced to life and the fourth was sentenced to 30 years after turning on his friends. Two of the suspects, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker, had their life sentences reduced to 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for teens were unconstitutional.
Of course, being reduced from a life sentence to a 60 year sentence just isn’t enough for a pair of rapists. Now their attorney is arguing for an even further reduced sentence. As usual, their argument contains the same old tired tropes…
“What the U.S Supreme Court has said is that juveniles need to be treated just as that, as juveniles. That their brain is still growing in essence that their ability to understand clearly right from wrong and control their actions is not fully formed. Their brain is not fully formed when they’re teenagers,” said Defense Attorney Gregg Lerman.
Same old, same old. If teenagers don’t allegedly have the brain capacity to realize that gang rape, forced incest, and trying to set someone on fire was wrong then they shouldn’t have the ability to dress themselves or use a fork without stabbing themselves in the eye. If anything their life sentences should be reinstated.
“They need to be punished. They need to be sentenced to prison time, but there should be some opportunity to show that they can be rehabilitated and be put back into society,” said Lerman.
What does it say to their victims to put them back into society? Their victims have to live their lives with the horrible memory of this atrocity. They shouldn’t have to worry about their assailants being back out on the streets and running into them again. Kids or not, these rapists are nothing short of monsters and don’t deserve to breathe the air outside of a prison ever again.