These kinds of stories never get anywhere near as much media attention as they should. Every time a local police or Sheriff’s department catches a would-be school shooter before it’s too late, we should be sending a message to every other potential shooter across the nation that this is exactly what happens when you play with fire in a nation of laws.
Instead, the media wants to blast the names, faces, and personal manifestos of every successful shooter, opening up wounds for grieving families and swarming devastating communities with news cameras for weeks (or in the case of Portland, trolling for media-backed anti-gun teen activists).
This week in Lima, Ohio, police received tips from four separate students that a former student had warned them not to go to school because he was planning on shooting it up. They arrested the culprit mere hours later and confiscated his weapon, and he is now in police custody.
Local outlet Lima News reports:
Four Elida High School students are being heralded as heroes today for alerting the Allen County Sheriff’s Office that a former student told them to avoid going to school on Sept. 1 because he was going to “shoot it up.”
Their actions lead to the arrest of Tristan Ascura, 19, of Lima who was taken into custody at 1:53 a.m. Thursday, just over three hours after the threat was reported at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau discovered an AR-15 rifle and 500 rounds of 0.556 caliber ammunition in Ascura’s possession. Detective Ryan Ream said they also found a single clip loaded with ammunition, though it’s possible he had other clips not readily visible.
Ascura is being held at the Allen County Jail on charges of inducing panic, a second-degree felony.
Well, there you go. If convicted, Ascura will very quickly find himself on the prohibited possessor list.
Which is exactly what should have happened to the Parkland shooter.
But we all know what happened there: law enforcement absolutely failed to do their job, and seventeen innocent lives paid the price for that very fatal act of gross negligence.
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