Just a day after the nation was rocked by the horrifying massacre of children in a place of learning, we learn that we nearly had to deal with two mass killings in the same week.
A grandmother in Everett, Washington, discovered plans for a school shooting using explosives and military-style guns to kill as many as his classmates as he could and immediately alerted the authorities.
“I’m preparing myself for the school shooting. I can’t wait. My aim has gotten much more accurate … I can’t wait to walk into that class and blow all those (expletives) away” wrote Joshua Alexander O’Connor, eighteen years old.
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The journal detailed how he had been researching other mass killers and was “learning from past shooters/bombers mistakes.”
The police discovered grenades and an AK-47 assault rifle concealed in the man’s guitar case, which he had used to rob a convenience store the week earlier. He wrote about how powerful it made him feel to point a gun in the clerk’s face and how much he enjoyed the feeling.
O’Connor confessed to the robbery and tried to escape the police station, kicking an officer in the process. He’s being held on $5 million bail and charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony assault on an officer and first-degree robbery.
It should rock us all to the very core that another would-be killer was discovered so soon after the last shooting. There is a myriad of factors that drive American youths to such gruesome acts, and it’s hair-tearingly obvious that they aren’t being addressed.