Lakeland News Across the Pond

Bad news always travels far, though not always accurately. The following was published in the Sunday Mirror (UK) web site:

Police have foiled a Columbine-style massacre after arresting a teenager wearing body armour who was acting suspiciously outside a school.

When police raided the home of pizza delivery boy Shawn Newberry, 18, they found three AK-47 rifles, a shotgun, grenades, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, plus photos of the inside of a college in Lakeland, Florida.

Newberry, a student at another college in Lakeland, also talked about killing people during police interviews.

He has been charged with a number of offences including grand theft and armed trespassing and has been remanded in custody with bail set at £300,000. His father Jesse has been charged with intent to supply drugs. — Cops foil school gun plot

I might have missed it in the Ledger, but did Newberry talk to LPD about “killing people?” I know he wasn’t a student at any college in Lakeland, and I’ve previously written about those photographs.

What I still don’t understand is this:

Further investigation revealed Newberry has purchased body armor, a Taser, three AK-47s, a shotgun, Clear Out grenades with tubes for under-door deployment, a tactical helmet, a gas mask and about 2,000 rounds of ammunition since January. — The Ledger

I understand that purchasing guns is legal, but do we really need to make all those items available to the general public?