Is a glass gun cabinet really a gun cabinet?

Is a glass gun cabinet really a gun cabinet?

Ceci n’est pas une gun cabinet

In case you lost it in the shuffle of the myriad of school shootings which took place last year, in December, 14-year-old Brandon Clegg stole his father’s guns, made his father drive him to Dennis Intermediate School at gunpoint, and exchanged gunfire with police at the school in Richmond, Indiana, before taking his own life. If you’ll recall, his mother warned police about the potential shooting after Clegg left their home. One of the main questions regarding this occurrence was where did Clegg get the guns from? We know that he stole them from his father but how?

Earlier this month, it was reported that Clegg took the guns from his father’s gun cabinet. Clegg was able to circumvent the cabinet’s locks by smashing the cabinet’s glass windows. That’s not a secure gun storage option, that’s just a display. I’m guessing that none of the guns had trigger locks either. This is like leaving your purse or wallet in plain view inside your car then complaining when someone smashes the window.

Again, more ‘responsible’ gun owners whose guns find their way into the hands of children.

Did a Florida predator use Fortnite to groom victim?

Did a Florida predator use Fortnite to groom victim?

I’ve previously posted about the potential of your child being approached by an online predator through the popular online video game Fortnite here. My conclusion in that previous post was that since Fortnite is popular with kids there is absolutely a chance that your kids could be approached. However, in my opinion, it’s more likely that your child would be approached through social media rather than a video game and I felt the media was making a mountain out of a molehill. Now, international headlines are proclaiming that a Florida man allegedly used Fortnite to groom his 17-year-old victim. The truth is a little more complicated than what the headlines use to try to lure you in.

Before we get started I just wanted to say that I’ve been playing video games for over 40 years. I do not, however, play Fortnite. I’m not a big fan of online games as there can be steep learning curves in short amounts of time and at my age, I just don’t have the patience for that anymore. Plus, I never said I was actually good at video games. So basically, while I have a working knowledge of gaming, I’d rather take a hole puncher to my eyelids than play Fortnite.

Anyway, on to the story.

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Anthony Gene Thomas

The headlines would have you believe that 41-year-old Anthony Gene Thomas of Broward County, Florida groomed a 17-year-old girl through Fortnite. He did reportedly groom the girl and supplied her with money and a cell phone so he could keep in touch with her. He’s also accused of ‘having sex’ (child rape)  with the girl and taking explicit pictures of her. Those details I will not debate and if he is convicted of these charges he should be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay.  However, what the headlines don’t tell that is buried in the middle of the story is that Thomas allegedly used a go-between to approach the girl. Thomas reportedly has a Fortnite playing accomplice that set up Thomas’ interaction with his victim. Since none of the articles I read didn’t discuss any details about the accomplice I’m assuming that the accomplice is underage and may be a victim of Thomas themselves. Florida authorities are saying that Thomas may have multiple victims and are asking for the public’s help.

As is common in these cases, prosecutors believe there might be more victims. Those with information about this case can call BSO Det. Michael Joo at 954-888-5241.

So, the question remains are your children likely to be approached by predators while playing Fortnite? As I said before, Fortnite is as about as dangerous as any other online utility that your kids use. However, I don’t think it’s crawling with pedophiles like most mobile messaging apps are. If your kids use an app like Kik or Snapchat, it’s my belief that they’re more likely to be approached through there. That’s not to say you shouldn’t keep an eye out for who your kids are chatting with on Fortnite. Fortnite’s voice chat can be disabled if you’re more comfortable doing that.

In this digital age, you can’t be like my parents were who couldn’t get the clock on the VCR to stop blinking 12:00. Today’s parents need to be technologically educated in order to keep their kids safe from online predators who may approach your child without you ever noticing. Learning something new shouldn’t be feared and it goes a long way in keeping your child safe.

(Sources)
BBC
Miami Herald

Charges dismissed against man accused of shooting his wife and claiming it was suicide

Charges dismissed against man accused of shooting his wife and claiming it was suicide

Thomas Harry Jackson

I originally posted about the murder of Courtney Jackson here. She was the mother from Falcon, Colorado who died after being shot twice in the head. Her husband, 45-year-old Thomas Harry Jackson allegedly told police dispatchers that his wife was suicidal and that she shot herself during the call to 911 except no shots were heard during the call. Police then arrested Thomas Jackson after discovering two bullet wounds in Courtney’s head. Because, you know, it’s nigh impossible for someone to kill themselves twice as the coroner has said that either shot would have killed Courtney. You would think that this would be an open and shut case, but not so fast.

This past Friday, prosecutors dropped all charges against Thomas Jackson citing a lack of evidence. I’m trying to be calm and rational about this but seriously, what the fuck? Now I know I’m no legal expert but investigators couldn’t find sufficient evidence in the three months that Jackson has been held in custody? Courtney’s body was reportedly found 17 feet from where the shell casings and her blood were found and Thomas Jackson is said to have no other explanation as to what happened.

This doesn’t mean that Jackson is free and clear though. Jackson’s own attorney has said that murder charges could be brought against Jackson again if the evidence warrants it as Courtney’s murder is still being treated as an open investigation. However, for now, this animal is walking around and probably living in the house where he was accused of killing his wife. And what exactly is stopping this miscreation from fleeing the country?

While I’m normally very pro-police, the investigators involved in this case better step up their game before this becomes an absolute clusterfuck and there’s no justice to be had for Courtney Jackson.

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If you are or have been a victim of domestic violence, even once, get out of the relationship as fast as you can even if it’s with just the clothes on your back. It doesn’t matter if they say it won’t happen again or they say they love you, they will continue to abuse you. If you can’t reach out to a friend or family member to help please contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or at their website at https://www.thehotline.org/.

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NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 57 peeping felonies walks free on minimal bond

NC Mountain town lawyer charged with 59 sexual felonies walks on minimal bond

Andrew C. Jackson Jr.

I originally posted about Andrew C. Jackson Jr. here.  He’s the 38-year-old attorney who was practicing in Jefferson, North Carolina. He was arrested back in October for allegedly placing a spycam in one of the restrooms in his office. Jackson had previously had his license suspended fin 2017 for some financial discrepancies within his office but the suspension was delayed for four years if he kept his nose clean. His nose is reportedly anything but clean at this point.

In my initial post about Jackson, I worried that justice may take a back seat to local backdoor politics as Jefferson is a pretty small mountain town. Or as I put it,  I’m concerned that Jefferson may be a community where legal favors could be exchanged among those in the legal profession. It seems my fears may have been justified.

While Jackson has been charged with 57 felonies charges of misuse of a photographic device, he’s also been released on a mere $15,000 bond. Not a typo, fifteen thousand dollars. For a man who has racked up close to 60 felony charges not only does $15K seem terribly low but even a lawyer in the Appalachians could probably gather that kind of scratch in a short amount of time.  And really, this pittance of a bond is an insult to anyone whose most intimate privacy he may have violated.

My hope is that everyone who reads this story shares it to their social media account of choice as the judicial system not only in Jefferson but also in Ashe County need to have a bigger eye kept on them instead of just one lonely blogger. So for me, please share this story so we can make sure that true justice is carried out in the courts.

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We get letters: Swift kick in the ass

We get letters: People can change

I’ve been doing this for so long (coming up on 19 years, thank you) it’s not unheard of for me to get an email from someone I’ve written about before. Surprisingly, most of them are very polite and often ask me to remove the post I’ve written about them after they’ve served their time. As long as their crime is relatively minor I’m more than happy to oblige.

Recently, I received an email from someone I never thought I would. In his much younger days he had been arrested for plotting an attack against his high school not once, but twice. At the time of his initial arrest, he was working at McDonald’s and not only did I refer to him as a fry cook but I called the plot The Fry Cook Plot.  After some of the things I’ve said about him I never expected to receive the following email…

What’s up? Yes, this is the “fry cook”. Anyways I actually just wanted to comment to let you know that you were right in your reporting. I should’ve gotten over it and if I wasn’t weak it would’ve been done with. Regardless I served my time and now actually own my own business and have a beautiful wife and kids and three cars here on Long Island. I lost mad weight and gained significant muscle. I feel absolutely amazing in life now. Prison toughened me up real quick. I actually laughed at some of your writing on me because of how funny you spun the story. I know it’s odd but I just came across it today and gave me a good laugh. Anyway, I just wanted to write to you and say that there are people who can change everything around. Just need a swift kick in the ass such as myself.  It goes to show that some people rise to the top while others fall sometimes. Keep writing so I can keep laughing. Your favorite fry cook.

The reason I’m posting this email is not to boost my own ego but to use this email as a wake-up call to any kids out there who think that violence is the only solution to whatever you’re experiencing at school or home. You don’t have to let prison or worse be your kick in the ass. Turn your life around now instead of wallowing in self-pity and letting it eat you alive. Take it from someone who’s been there, your life will be better for it.

Gun nut sends death threats to mother of Parkland survivor

Gun nut sends death threats to mother of Parkland survivor

Warren Stanley Bond

I’m trying to swear less on the site because I want to be more reader-friendly, but what the fuck is wrong with people? For example, take sour pus up there. His name is Warren Stanley Bond, a 78-year-old ‘man’ from Sunrise, Florida. He’s accused of allegedly sending threatening letters to the mother of David Hogg. If you’re not familiar with David Hogg, he attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was present for the school shooting that took place there. In the months since the shooting Hogg has become a very prominent and vocal gun control advocate. But back to Mr. Bond.

Instead of ranting on Facebook like most crotchety men do, Bond went super old school and mailed a letter. The letter wasn’t sent to David Hogg but instead sent to David Hogg’s mother.

The letter, addressed to Rebecca Boldrick, arrived in the mail on the late afternoon of June 25. It had no return address and “contained a single sentence in large, bold, typed letters,” according to a court document.

“Keep F—— with the NRA and you will be DOA,” it said.

No polite discourse here.

Bond owned a gun that was taken by federal investigators. As someone once said, play stupid games win stupid prizes.

But that wasn’t the only letter he sent. Bond also reportedly sent a letter to the Democratic Party of Broward County in which he claimed support for Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending mail bombs to several prominent Democrats.

Investigators checked with the Democratic Party in Broward and confirmed that the organization received a letter dated Oct. 26, which was signed by Bond. The letter read: “I salute the decisions of Mr. Cesar Sayoc. I will contribute to his defense in any way possible. I wish he had been more successful.”

So this angry old man who owned a gun only lived 20 minutes from Parkland. Could you imagine if he had decided to take out his anger on David Hogg’s mother violently? If you think the government is out to get your guns now just imagine if that had happened.

Now tell me that there shouldn’t be more stringent background checks and psych exams for gun permits.

(Sources)
Miami Herald
Sun Sentinel

MISSING: Jayme Closs

MISSING: Jayme Closs

I normally don’t do missing person stories. I usually leave them for the armchair sleuths of the internet. I am no sleuth, but if I can help get the word out even a little bit, then I do what I can.

Back in October, someone entered the home of 13-year-old Jayme Closs in Barron, Wisconsin. In just four minutes Jayme’s parents, James, and Denise Closs, were shot to death and Jayme had been kidnapped. She has been missing ever since.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Jayme Closs.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Jayme Closs, or if you have had contact with Closs, please contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 1-855-744-3879. You may also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Submit an anonymous Tip online

I have no great insight to give on this case. By most reports, all leads have been pursued and have come up empty. The only thing I can offer is that if the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime have left the state of Wisconsin, they will more than likely be eligible for the federal death penalty since murder committed during a kidnapping is a capital crime. However, Wisconsin itself does not have the death penalty.

Like everyone else, I hope and pray that Jayme is still alive and will be found safely.

Thanks to Debi for the tip.

(Sources)
Post Crescent
Daily Mail

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Columbiner tried to blow up Ohio bar

Columbiner tried to blow up Ohio bar

Elizabeth Lecron

To be generous, this woman being a columbiner is the least of her problems but the label fits nonetheless.

23-year-old Elizabeth Lecron, of Toledo, Ohio, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to blow up a local bar. This wasn’t just some idle talk either. According to authorities, Lecron had bought black powder and 665 screws in order to build a bomb. I bet she wanted to buy 666 but miscounted.

What brings her to us is because according to at least one report, she posted ‘voluminous’ amounts of pictures of the Columbine cowards, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold on Tumblr. It’s always on Tumblr, isn’t it?

It wasn’t just the Columbine losers either. Lecron is said to have sent Nazi propaganda and letters to Dylann Roof, the gunman of the Charleston Church shooting. I guess she missed out on marrying a Menendez brother.

Being a columbiner in high school is bad enough, but if you’re out of school and still trying to be an edgelord by idolizing mass murderers, you have a problem and you should seek mental health immediately. While the definition of normal can be debated, what you’re doing is inherently abnormal by the majority of definitions. If you have a friend that is like this keep a very close eye on them as it may be more than just some kind of gimmick. They could be up to some dangerous activities that could potentially get you killed.

(Sources)
Washington Post
13ABC
WLTX

Blood is dumber than water: Man hides guns for his columbiner son

Blood is dumber than water: Man hides guns for his columbiner son

Connor Chargois

19-year-old Connor Chargois of Saugerties, New York, was arrested back in February after his then high school caught some disturbing posts that Chargois made to social media. It turns out that Chargois is a columbiner. Again for the uninitiated, a columbiner is someone who admires school shooters and often wants to copy them. Chargois was no different as he posted the following on Instagram.

“I envy Eric (Harris) and Dylan (Klebold),” one post by Chargois said, according to police. “It must’ve been so f—ing fun. They had the right f—ing idea. I’m so full of rage. … Nothing f—ing matters anymore.”

“I feel as though I’m not the type of person you’d want to call your friend, but I firmly believe that you do want to call me your enemy. Just remember: when the sh-t hits the fan, there won’t be any time for mercy.”

The high school he was attending at the time caught wind of these posts and contacted local law enforcement. Police asked if there were any weapons in the household and Chargois’ father, Bruce Chargois, said there weren’t any. Actually, there was this many…

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These were all guns that Connor Chargois was building in the house. The elder Chargois took a number of these guns after the police’s initial contact and hid them at his place of business.

Both father and son have pleaded guilty to the various charges against them.

Now hear me out for a moment because I have this radical idea. If your son is posting on social media about how much he admires school shooters just maybe you shouldn’t let him build guns in the basement. Then again, due to the actions of the father, I would imagine that this is probably a family of ‘responsible’ gun owners.

I wonder what dad’s excuse would have been if sonny boy went on to kill a bunch of people.

(Sources)
Daily Freeman 1
Daily Freeman 2
MidHudsonNews.com

Butler High shooter indicted on lesser charge

Butler High shooter indicted on lesser charge

Jatwan Cuffie

My apologies as this story is actually close to a month old.

Anyway, last month, 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie was indicted for the shooting at Butler High School that left 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen dead. However, Cuffie was indicted for the lesser charge of second-degree murder. This could result in a sentence of 12 to 25 years behind bars. Cuffie has been charged as an adult.

While I do feel that Cuffie should spend the rest of his life in prison, I actually agree with the second-degree murder charge. While there had been friction between Cuffie and friends of Bobby McKeithen, I don’t believe that this was a premeditated murder but more of a heat of the moment crime. If you’ll recall, Cuffie took the gun to school after losing a fight to Bobby McKeithen’s friends the night before. McKeithen was only a witness to the fight. So Jatwan Cuffie may have had a target in mind but I doubt that target was Bobby McKeithen and only shot him after a fight broke out between the two.

But this is no consolation to the friends and family of Bobby McKeithen. They will no longer get to see or enjoy the company of Bobby. In a perfect world, Cuffie would go away forever, unfortunately,  the law says otherwise.