Back in March, here we are again, 18-year-old Taiwanese exchange student An Tso Sun was arrested for allegedly plotting a school against Monsignor Bonner High School outside of Philadelphia. When he was initially arrested, police in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, say they had found a ski mask, a crossbow, a tactical vest, a few thousand rounds of various types of ammunition and a garrote. They then later announced that they had found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that Sun had allegedly built from parts that he purchased separately. We’ll get to that in a moment.
Sun allegedly told a classmate he planned to shoot up the school on May 1st and warned the student not to come to school that day. There is also a video of someone said to be Sun using a flamethrower, that I can only imagine was probably homemade. Sun’s attorney is claiming Sun is unfamiliar with our strange American ways and this was only intended as a joke and his client has an interest in law enforcement. If he’s so unfamiliar with our ways, then why is he using the most common excuse plotters give when they’re caught? It also turns out Sun’s mother is some kind of celebrity in Taiwan and has said her son made the threat as a joke and the gun police found was only a prop. Well, it’s nice to see that ‘Not My Kid Syndrome’ isn’t exclusively American.
Now getting back to the gun, in my opinion, his willingness to assemble a gun from parts shows his willingness and methodical dedication to committing a school shooting. However, this is not a new way to obtain a gun while circumventing background checks. According to this post from a criminal defense website, ghost guns can be made with untraceable parts if you know where to get them. If I had to hazard a guess where Sun may have gotten the majority of his parts I would probably say that it was Armslist, the so-called craigslist of guns. Again, you can read more about Armslist here.
If the fact that an 18-year-old non-citizen can fashion a gun in such a manner that it flies totally under the radar doesn’t make you realize the gun laws in our country are severely lacking, then you’re not paying close enough attention.
Back in March, two different fathers were arrested in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles for the alleged school shooting plots of their sons. In the home of a 16-year-old, two revolvers, one semi-automatic handgun, a rifle and 90 rounds of ammunition were found to be unsecured in the home. In the home of a 17-year-old, police are said to have found a loaded semi-automatic handgun unsecured in a bag. Both teens had threatened to shoot up their respective schools. Both fathers were arrested on charges of unlawful firearms storage.
Since Columbine I’ve been saying that parents need to be held more responsible for what takes place under their roofs. How many times have kids like this have gotten their guns from parents who either gave them the guns or improperly stored their guns around the home and didn’t even notice they were missing? That’s a rhetorical question. The answer is too many. If these kids had gone on to kill using their parents’ guns, how could we not hold the parents responsible?
Maybe if we had started pressing criminal charges against the parents of school shooters who allowed the shootings to take place, parents of future shooters would have gotten involved in their kids’ lives and prevented further bloodshed.
Parents in Titusville, Florida, just recently learned that two students of Astronaut High School were arrested in early 2017 for allegedly plotting a school shooting. That’s more than a year later for those keeping count. Not surprisingly parents are upset, but that’s not what I want to talk about.
I want to talk about what was reportedly found in one of the suspects’ rooms.
Police said they found an arsenal Inside the bedroom of one of the students, including a .22 caliber rifle with two fully loaded magazines, a .380 pistol, Airsoft guns, over 15 homemade axes, knives and machetes, a bulletproof vest, two face masks and more.
So where did the guns come from?
Police said they found an arsenal inside the Titusville teen’s bedroom closet. His father said he has answer for that – all of the weapons belong to him.
“It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s in a locked safe in my bedroom closet,” he said. “Along with the .380 pistol which is my wife’s.”
Apparently, not locked all that well. He also seems to have a case of ‘not my kid’ syndrome as he says his son is a nice boy even though his son appears to be a columbiner.
This shows the one of the real problems behind school shootings, inattentive parents who are just as inattentive with their guns. As soon as one of your guns falls into the hands of your child for an illegal act, your privilege of owning a gun should be revoked.
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.
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.
Back in late January, just days after the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, that left two dead, a cache of weapons was found in the bedroom of a 14-year-old student of Uniontown Area High School in Pennsylvania. Police were tipped off to the juvenile suspect after another student recorded the suspect making a threat against the school. Whenever one of these stories breaks you always wonder where these kids get the guns from. Well, wonder no more.
The boy’s mother, 45-year-old Lenora Ann Hendrix, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor. When asked why she would give a 14-year-old an arsenal of weapons she allegedly replied to teach him responsibility and to “let him grow up.” Guess what, lady. He was neither responsible nor grown up.
While a parent being charged for giving their kids guns that would be used in a school shooting is rare, it’s not unheard of. On the other side of the Keystone State, in Montgomery County, Michelle Cossey was sentenced to four months in prison and five years probation for illegally obtaining guns for her home-schooled son Dillon who plotted an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School near Philadelphia.
I understand gun culture is different in rural America than in it is in urban areas. I understand allowing one of your children to possibly have a rifle to go hunting if they have an adult to go hunting with to teach them how to responsibly handle a gun. However, allowing your son to keep a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition in his room only teaches him to be selfish and violent.
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.
Back in March 2017, 18-year-old Nicole Cevario was arrested for plotting a school shooting against Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland. This wasn’t just some teenage girl fantasizing about shooting up her school either. As you can see in the above photo, police seized a shotgun and several pipe bombs made by Cervaio. Cervaio had legally purchased the shotgun.
What made this story different from the scores of the other would-be school shooters out there is that Cervaio is female. A female school shooter is largely an anomaly and Cervaio wanted to be the first female school shooter. According to her journal…
“By definition, a school shooter has to be attending the school they target at the time of the attack, and I haven’t found a single woman who has fulfilled that criteria,” the passage reads in part, according to Nicole Ann Cevario’s charging documents. “Guess it’s meant to be me. Yes, I know it’s meant to be me. This is what I’m supposed to do. Maybe not with my life, but with my death.”
“… It just really hit me this afternoon,” Cevario wrote in one passage, according to the charging documents. “I realize [sic] I was going to die surrounded by people I hate in a building I hate.”
She also wrote about the shooters at Columbine and Sandy Hook noting the ‘mistakes’ those shooters had made.
Since Cervaio was 18 at the time of her arrest, there was no question about trying her as an adult.
Earlier today, Cervaio pleaded guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
Is that a long enough sentence for a girl who wanted nothing more than to be the first female mass killer, or is two decades in prison more than enough justice for the crime she committed and the lives she put in danger?
UPDATE 2/4/2018: Cervaio was also sentenced to be held in a secure psychiatric facility until her 21st birthday in order to get her mental healthcare help and to assist in her transition to adult prison.
Just a few days after the fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, a 14-year-old was arrested in Western Pennsylvania for allegedly plotting a school shooting. A student of Uniontown Area High School, in Uniontown, PA, is said to have heard the suspect making a threat against the school. That student told his parents, who informed law enforcement. When police searched the suspect’s home in Henry Clay Township, they reportedly found…
…a cache of weapons in his bedroom including a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifle, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition for all of the weapons.
At what point does a cache become an arsenal because I think this kid was pretty close. Also, in what tragically has become the norm these days, no one seems to know where he got the weapons from. Now I’m not familiar with Henry Clay Township itself, however, when I lived in Pennsylvania the term ‘township’ usually indicated the community was in a rural area. There’s a joke about Pennsylvania that it’s Pittsburgh on one side, Philadelphia on the other and Alabama in between. Those areas of Pennsylvania are also sometimes referred to as Pennsyltucky. The reason I bring this up is the area could be a hunting community which could partially explain the ease of access in which the weapons were obtained.
That’s not the worst part of the story either. When asked why he was planning a shooting at the school the suspect allegedly said because there were other students he just didn’t like.
When asked about why the suspect allegedly wanted to target the four students, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said, “He didn’t like them. That’s what he said, he didn’t like them. What a reason to do something.”
The suspect’s parents are said to be cooperating with police but one has to wonder what they were doing this entire time their son was building an arsenal.
UPDATE 2/4/2018: Catching up on some backlogs and found an interesting tidbit on this story. The student who first reported the threat is said to have actually recorded the threat on his cell phone as it was being made.