How a bat-sh*t crazy guy was allowed to buy an arsenal

Long story short: 14 year old nutjob of a kid kills his mom, goes to a state hospital for the dangerously mentally ill, gets out, is permitted to buy a veritable arsenal.  Still beyond nutters.

From the Star Tribune:

What Olson’s deputies found in the home in Watertown Township was chilling: 13 guns, including semi-automatic rifles, an AK-47, a Tommy gun, assorted shotguns and handguns, including a .50-caliber Desert Eagle.

Even more disturbing was the letter Oberender had written recently to his late mother, Mary: “I am so homicide,” it said in broken sentences. “I think about killing all the time. The monster want out. He only been out one time and someone die.”

Even though Oberender killed his mother with a firearm, even though he was committed to the state hospital in St. Peter as mentally ill and dangerous more than a decade ago, he was able to obtain a permit to purchase firearms last May. That piece of paper gave Oberender, now 32, the ability to walk into any licensed Minnesota retailer and buy any assault weapon or pistol on the rack.

“The system failed in this case,” Olson said in an interview.

Ya think?

The Star Tribune did a great job walking you through how this maniac was able to buy enough firepower to take on a modern army – he had a Tommy gun, which is one of those Eliot Ness, Al Capon style submachine guns. ┬áThis is a Tommy Gun:

tommy gun

Tommy Gun via Shutterstock.

Why is any permitted to buy something like this, let alone a crazy guy who’s already murdered his mother?

Read the entire story, and weep.


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