To all angry gun hobbyists: Now isn't the time to start making threats. Especially if you're making threats about shooting up elementary schools! A man in Indiana, Von I. Meyer, was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife "at school" where she works in the cafeteria. The school is an elementary school. He also reportedly threatened to "kill as many people as he could before stopped by police." And the guy had the means to do it: The reported gun hobbyist had 47 guns, most of them "collector's guns," and $100,000 worth of ammunition.
Meyer's wife reportedly didn't go into work on Friday after her husband made his threats, and security was boosted at that school and three others.
Police believe that Meyer wasn't actually plotting anything. His guns were antique guns and cops say that he was "bluffing" during a heated argument. But, still, $100,000 worth of ammo? Even if you're just a collector, what is the point of all of that ammo? And how do you even afford it?!
Police sound awfully sure that the guy isn't a threat. Almost too sure. Listen to what Police Chief Jerry Smith had to say about it:
If people followed through on all the threats they've ever made -- things said in anger that they don't really mean and regret -- our population in this country would be half of what it is. This was something he said in the heat of an argument. He hadn't been plotting this.
Err, okay. People do say things in the heat of the moment that they then regret -- but people also DO things in the heat of the moment that they then regret. And if they say them first, then you've got time to do something about it. I just hope this guy isn't trouble down the road.
Now is most definitely NOT the time to be spewing threats about shooting up schools -- in fact, no time is the time for that. If you're going to own weapons, you've got to learn to watch what you say. With gun ownership comes responsibility. LOTS of it. Including learning what not to say. Maybe there will come a day when people with guns can't make threats without their guns being taken away -- though it would be hard to prove if someone really made a threat unless they admit it or they're recorded.
Do you think this guy was serious?
Image via Cedar Lake Sheriff's Dept.