Friday, November 16, 2012

Holy Crap

Posted by on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM

This just in from ABC News:

A Missouri man is accused of planning a movie theater massacre at a screening of the final "Twilight" movie. Blaec Lammers, 20, was charged Friday with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action after his mother alerted police that he had purchased 400 rounds of ammunition and two assault rifles "very similar to the ones in Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting," according to probable cause statement issued by the Bolivar, Mo., Police Department.

Police characterized Lammers as "being off his medication," but he was able to purchase the rifles on Monday and Tuesday this week. He then practiced shooting them in Aldrich, Mo.

Lammers remains held on $500,000 bond. Full story here.


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Lew Siffer 1
Notice that no one ever desires to shoot up good movies.
Posted by Lew Siffer on November 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Kudos to the mom for calling it in. That would be a tough realization to come to about your own child - I'm sure a lot of folks would convince themselves it wasn't true until it was too late.
Posted by beaugirl on November 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
That mom deserves a medal.
Posted by MikeB on November 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
I'm starting to dread the upcoming The Hobbit release ...

But maybe we'll luck out and the crazies for that one will try to use swords instead of guns.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Fistique 5
So, if he only plans a massacre, does he still get his picture in the paper and a bunch of think-pieces about his psychology and motivations?
Posted by Fistique on November 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 6
@5 Yes. Didn't you click on the link?
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 16, 2012 at 4:29 PM · Report this
seatackled 7
Why is he held on bond instead of remanded?
Posted by seatackled on November 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
tainte 8
well, in his defense it was a twilight crowd.
Posted by tainte on November 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM · Report this
Because guns don't kill people; people off their medication can by 300 rounds of ammunition to kill people.
Posted by judybrowni on November 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM · Report this
@7 Because what's the worst that can happen?
Posted by madcap on November 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM · Report this
This is because his name is spelled Blaec. Way to go, mom.

Posted by beef rallard on November 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
@7: Well, since he didn't ACTUALLY shoot dozens of people, the charges are not as serious.
Posted by MLM on November 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM · Report this
JonnoN 13
today we had an offshore oil rig explosion, israel going to war, and a (narrowly averted) movie theater shootup. The news is on re-runs and I don't like it.
Posted by JonnoN on November 16, 2012 at 6:46 PM · Report this
schmacky 14
Originality fail.
Posted by schmacky on November 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 15
I think it has to do with the vulnerability of movie-goers.

You're in the dark. Your attention is focused entirely on the screen. You're sitting perfectly still, with your torso and head completely exposed. In other words, you're a sitting duck.

Most psychopaths are interested in easy targets. That,s why serial killers are attracted to socially marginalized targets, outsiders, children, people without self-confidence or family connections, people who are physically or mentally easy to isolate and then harm.

Psychopaths of low-intellect are more prone to mass killings while those of higher intellect are more prone to serial murder, since the former involves very little need for mental agility (just point and click) and the latter requires great skill in hunting, charming, destroying evidence and evasion.

Unfortunately, this has the danger of becoming a trend among low-intellect psychopaths with murderous intent. School shootings were once extremely rare, but since the 1990's they have become increasingly popular for the same reasons that theatre shootings would make an attractive venue for a spree-killer.

This is also possibly the psychology behind airline hijackings.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 16
Mom denies own son's Second Amendment rights. At least five years in the slammer for that.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on November 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
There's a reassuring negative feedback loop here. Living with one's mother might make you into the sort person that wants to shoot up a cinemaplex, but it also makes it more difficult to get away with.
Posted by kinaidos on November 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM · Report this
meanie 18
Premeditation is still a crime no matter what weapon is used.

However if this man had bought a large SUV and bragged about wanting to run over cyclists and peds, no one would blink an eye.
Posted by meanie on November 16, 2012 at 8:10 PM · Report this
Join this story with the above story about the man with Alzheimer's Disease aiming a gun and maybe we need to be extremely careful where we keep guns, to whom we sell guns, or to whom we allow shooting range classes. The demented or those with a psychiatric condition that is difficult to control with medications should not have guns. This is a basic health concept for safety. And anyone that thinks such patients have the "right to bear arms" might think differently once such a patient holds a gun to their own head.
Posted by Juan Alfredo on November 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM · Report this
@15, the Green River serial killer was no mental giant.
Posted by sarah70 on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM · Report this
Brandon Arkell 21
Ha! He's old enough to buy assault rifles, but not have a glass of wine. Oh, America.
Posted by Brandon Arkell on November 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 22

good point. Gary Ridgeway was kind of stupid, and yet managed to get away with it longer than Ted Bundy did. I suppose there are multiple factors involved, such as luck and the society in which a serial killer operates (a misogynistic society is more likely to tolerate monsters like Ridgeway and Bundy than it would a killer whose targets were male, e.g.), and probably half a dozen other things criminologists are more aware of than I am.

Still, it does seem that spree-killing would not require much of the killer, mentally speaking. Since most psychopaths are cold emotionally and look at things only in terms of strategy, I think that a spree killer would have to be someone without much of a brain. Capture is almost certain, there will be no repeat performances, etc. It strikes me as the sort of act a psychopath would perform only if they didn't think it through all the way, if they couldn't think it through the whole way.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 17, 2012 at 7:45 AM · Report this
I am seriously so proud of his mother for doing that. Wow.
Posted by heatherly on November 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM · Report this
Big Matt G 24
As a (until very recently) citizen of Aurora, CO, I say God bless you Mom! God bless you!
Posted by Big Matt G on November 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM · Report this

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