(Nashville, TN) – The court date’s being pushed back for the man accused of killing four people in a Tennessee Waffle House with an AR-15 style assault rifle. The first court appearance for 29-year-old Travis Reinking was scheduled for today, but court documents say the hearing has been pushed back to May 7th because of scheduling conflicts between the lawyers.
Reinking is accused of opening fire at a Waffle House in a Nashville suburb early Sunday morning, killing four and wounding several others before James Shaw Jr intervened. Shaw had fled to the bathroom initially but after Reinking fired through the door grazing him in the arm, he decided to act. When Reinking looked down, Shaw sprung into to action hitting him with the door, causing him to lose control of the gun. Shaw then threw the gun out of reach while a naked Reinking cursed and ran off. Joe Perez, Taurean Sanderlin, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva were all killed in the carnage.
More disturbing details have been released about the shooter who thought he was being stalked by Taylor Swift. A 2016 police report says the 29-year old thought his phone was hacked by the police, Taylor Swift and his family.
The report says Reinking was put in protective custody after he was found in a CVS parking lot “delusional.” In 2017, he threatened an employee of his father’s company with an AR-15 rifle, and was later arrested by the Secret Service for entering a restricted area near the White House. Family members told police that he owned a lot of guns. Authorities gave the guns to Reinking’s father who then gave the guns back to his son. Anger spread quickly when it was announced that the suspect would receive a bond. However, a Tennessee judge revoked the two million dollar fee and court documents show that state judge Michael Mondelli didn’t provide an explanation for his decision.
At last glance, the Hero, James Shaw Jr. had raised over 100k for the victims’ families while another go fund me account setup for him has surpassed 50k in a matter of hours.
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — The brother of the accused Parkland, Florida high school shooter is due back in court today. Zachary Cruz was arrested on March 19th for trespassing after Broward County Sheriff’s deputies found him skateboarding on the same campus where Nikolas Cruz is accused of murdering 17 people.
Zachary’s attorney will be seeking to reduce his bond, which was increased from the original 25-dollars to 500-thousand-dollars. If convicted of trespassing, Cruz faces up to 60 days in jail and a fine of 500-dollars.
Meanwhile Nikolas, reportedly, is getting a lot of fan mail at the Broward County Jail. Some of it includes love letters complete with suggestive pictures. Facebook communities have also popped up for people to talk about how they can help the man accused of gunning down 17 people
(Washington, DC) – It appears that the NRA is completely comfortable with kids being able to purchase guns even after another 17 students were murdered behind the use of an AR-15. It also believes if parents and teachers voluntarily choose to be armed, it’s something schools will have to come up with and determine for themselves
Not only will Donald Trump not start the movement to remove the Assault military rifle as a buying option, the NRA refuses to even raise the legal age of purchase. Nikolas Cruz at just 19 years old had an arsenal of guns including an AR-15. Why he was able to purchase the weapon is still a question of focus as protests and concerns continue to spark the conversation and a direction of change.
What’s even more bizarre is NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch wishes that the same amount of attention was given to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and their abdication of duty as trying to blame five-million innocent, law-abiding gun owners across the country.
Doesn’t appear that anyone is blaming the five million law abiding gun owners in the US. Americans have a problem with Military weapons being sold to regular civilians and most importantly to teenagers.
Legal age to buy alcohol 21. Legal age to purchase a gun 18. We can stop there.
(Tallahassee, FL) – The Florida state House is rejecting a measure to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The bill had not been heard in a committee and would’ve required a two-thirds majority vote to go directly to the House floor.The measure would’ve banned the sale and possession of guns like the AR-15 that was used in last week’s high school shooting, in which 17 people were killed.
Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland were in the gallery as the motion to move the bill forward was voted down.
In the past 4 months over a hundred people have been killed in the United States with AR-15s:
- Oct. 1, 2017: Stephen Paddock, 64, used a stockpile of guns including an AR-15 to kill 58 people and injure hundreds at a music festival in Las Vegas before he killed himself.
- Nov. 5, 2017: Devin Kelley, 26, used an AR-15 style Ruger rifle to kill 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, before he was killed.
- Feb. 14, 2018: Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, used an AR-15-style rifle to kill at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.