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.
I originally posted about Yunsong Zhao here. He’s the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student from China who allegedly was in illegal possession of a firearm and tried to buy 5000 bullets.
First, a little clarification on my last post. In that post I said that it was illegal for Zhao to own a firearm since he’s in the US on a visa. That was incorrect. The actual violation is because police say that he owns an AR-15 with a 30 round capacity magazine. The 30 round magazine is what makes the gun illegal. Zhao’s lawyers state he only owned a 20 round magazine which of course makes things much safer but according to reports is legal for Zhao to own. Let’s also not forget that while not illegal, Zhao was supposedly searching for how to obtain body armor and had purchased a police cruiser that still had markings on it. When you add all those things together nothing good can come from it. Not surprisingly, Zhao has been ordered held without bond.
However, his current predicament doesn’t seem to have changed Zhao’s sunny disposition much. According to prosecutors, Zhao has said in prison phone calls that he’s a hero, famous, and is expecting a “victorious return to China.” For what? While on paper China may still be a Communist country they’ve become very interested in capitalism in recent decades and rely a lot on American money and they don’t want anything upsetting that apple cart. If Zhao were to be returned to China, he’d probably end up somewhere where he would be longing for the American prison system.
To my knowledge, no alleged motive or plot has been made public yet, but if this was politically motivated as an anti-American attack he sure seemed to be playing the long game.
19-year-old Yunsong Zhao was a student at Virginia Tech who had recently been arrested for possessing an assault rifle and trying to purchase 5000 bullets. The reason that’s illegal in this case is because Zhao is not an American citizen and under the terms of his visa, it is illegal for him to own any firearms. However, the news is even scarier than his alleged attempt to buy more bullets than any one man should own.
According to police, Zhao not only researched on how to obtain a bulletproof vest, but he also had bought a car which was once used by police which he reportedly fitted with a special bumper. Zhao was arrested after a weeks long investigation with Zhao being apprehended without incident.
Police say the University was never in danger, but my God, what the hell was Zhao planning. You don’t buy a police cruiser with some markings still on it and 5000 bullets in order to sell Girl Scout cookies. While his intended target may or may not have been the University itself, you can’t blame the students and their families for being a bit jumpy since the school was the site of one of the most violent school shootings ever. It makes me wonder if Zhao was some kind of Cho Seung-Hui acolyte.
Sadly, the infamous school shooting is not the only violent crime Virginia Tech has had to endure. Back in 2009, another Chinese student by the name of Zhu Haiyang, decapitated 22-year-old Yang Xin who was also a student from China. Zhu brutally murdered Yang Xin after she rejected Zhu’s romantic advances.
Getting back to Zhao, it will be interesting, to say the least, to see what his plans actually were. Somehow, I doubt he was getting ready to fight a war on crime.
One of the suspects arrested in Boston for allegedly planning a mass shooting at the World Pokemon Championships in Boston said that the alleged threats of violence were ‘taken out of context’. Never heard that one before. I’m surprised they didn’t say it was just a joke.
As for being taken out of context please tell me how this is taken out of context…
In case you’re wondering those aren’t airsoft guns. Not only are those the real thing but they were the alleged weapons they were arrested with, not to mention the rather large amount of ammo they brought with them.
I’d be interested to hear what the supposed correct context should be.
And oh look, there’s a claim now that 18-year-old alleged plotter Kevin Norton was bullied in high school. That usually makes me wonder if he was bullied because he was already an entitled psychopathic knob considering he couldn’t even handle being banned from a Pokemon forum without taking to violence.
I didn’t want to do this story. When the story first broke I posted a link on my Facebook page that said “That’s it. We’ve failed. The last one leaving society please turn out the lights.” However the more I read about the story and saw just how outlandish it was I had to comment.
It’s not like the pair had much of a chance because they were consistently bragging about it on social media leading up to the event. They allegedly posted images of their firearms saying that this would be bigger than Columbine, natch, and referenced another Boston Massacre. At the time of their capture the pair were said to have an AR-15, a shotgun and a cubic ass-ton of ammo.
While both ‘men’ were invited to the event the supposed reason they wanted to shoot up the place was because Norton was banned from an online Pokemon forum. Let me rephrase that in greater detail. An 18-year-old Pokemon player was banned from what was probably a message board, got so butthurt over it he wanted to shoot up a public event and convinced a 27-year-old man to join him. He was playing chicken with a message board moderator with guns. While this may seem a tad silly and they were easily captured there could have been a substantial loss of life…OVER A POKEMON MESSAGE BOARD. I don’t think there could be a bigger first world problem than that.
With each passing generation our society is becoming more spoiled, more entitled and less able to properly emotionally deal with some perceived slight without resorting to violence and yes I do believe it is a problem uniquely entrenched in America.
UPDATE 11/12/2015: Both suspects have pleaded not guilty and their bond has been set at $150K each. In setting the bond the judge stated…
“They can buy guns anywhere: Wal-Mart, Bass Pro Shops. … I’m not going to add a thousand conditions that are virtually unenforceable.”