What do we know about the Garlic Fest chumbucket?

  • He had what is described as an “assault rifle” or semi-automatic rifle.
  • A witness describes him inserting a “clip” so it appears it used detachable magazines.
  • A witness said he fired at least 30 rounds before trying to reload.
  • He was 19 years old.

So a guy too young* to buy a firearm or ammunition under California law possessed a banned “assault weapon” and a banned “high capacity” magazine, and entered the gun-free zone Garlic Fest to commit murder.

This clearly calls for more laws targeting the folks who didn’t do it.


Clothing’s been reported as “army fatigues,” “camouflage,” “khaki shorts,” and “green shirt.” Weapon is “assault rifle,” semiautomatic rifle,” and “long rifle but the type of gun used has not been confirmed.” He’s “white” but “Identifies as Being of Italian & Iranian Descent.” He may or may not have had an accomplice who may or may not have been shooting.

I’m glad we got that narrowed down.

Male teen in California: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess SSRIs and/or other antidepressants are involved.

* There is an exception for someone with a hunting license.

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Dusting off an unanswered question regarding the Parkland chumbucket

There’s a question I’ve been asking for a year and a half. It was sparked by this Sun-Sentinel news report.

Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows
“The DCF investigation came four days after Cruz’s 18th birthday, meaning he could legally purchase a rifle.”
“Cruz came under DCF’s supervision and care because he was classified as a vulnerable adult due to mental illness.”

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Alexa Delenda Est

If you are foolish enough to have an Amazon Alexa device in your home, I suggest you immediately take the following steps to correct a serious security bug.

  • Turn it off
  • Unplug it from any power/phone/etc interface
  • Take it outside
  • Obtain the largest available hammer (8LB sledge is suitable)
  • Pound the device into its elementary constituent particles

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