I’m not a fan of red flag laws because they are inevitably a violation of the Bill of Rights, which is a part of our Constitution. However, this story might appear to be a red flag law type of incident, but it is anything but one. An 18-year-old Oklahoma woman was arrested after she allegedly made specific threats to “shoot 400 people for fun” with her AK-47 rifle at her former high school.
Alexis Wilson was taken into custody and booked at the Pittsburg County Jail after making the threat.
Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies claim they received an anonymous tip that she had told friends and co-workers she planned to go to McAlester High School and shoot up the school.
The person called in without naming themselves and without specific evidence except for their word and claimed that Wilson posted videos of herself shooting guns along with telling the anonymous tipster and friends and co-workers about her plan to shoot up the school.
Now, pay attention to this report.
Deputies said Wilson denied making threats to shoot up the school but admitted she used to be suicidal and borderline homicidal and had thoughts of hurting people at the school in the past. She told deputies she was just trying to convince a co-worker that not everyone who owns a gun is bad.
“In today’s times, you can’t say stuff like that,” the sheriff said. “And anytime something is said like that we are going to take it serious. And we are going to investigate it to the fullest extent and make an arrest if possible because we do not want any of our schools getting shot up. Nobody does.”
Sheriff Chris Morris said Wilson had an AK-47 with six magazines and a 12-gauge shotgun with a stock sleeve for extra shells. Morris said Wilson picked up the AK-47 last week from a local gun shop with five extra high capacity magazines and 160 rounds of ammunition.
“If it would have happened and we wouldn’t have gotten contacted, the person who reported it to us would feel horrible,” said Pittsburg County Sheriff Christ Morris.
“We would feel horrible. If we got the information and we didn’t follow up on it. So I think it’s a blessing for McAlester and Pittsburg County to have received this information before something terrible or tragic did happen.”
On top of that, McAlester Public Schools Superintendent Randy Hughes has asked for additional security at the school.
“It’s something I think every community fears,” Sheriff Morris said. “With schools you know there’s tornado drills, they do fire drills – but I think one of the biggest fears in every community is an active shooter.”
According to KOKI-TV, Wilson’s mother knew her daughter had been saving up to purchase the AK-47. However, she never gave it a second thought because “Alexis has always shot firearms and had hunted.”
“You know it may not have been anything — we don’t know 100 percent, but we are glad we got it before it turned into something,” Sheriff Chris Morris said.
Police went to Wilson’s home and recovered the AK-47, several rounds of ammunition and a 12-gauge shotgun from her bedroom.
The Washington Post adds:
“She said that she would never shoot up a school or people,” Jordan wrote in his report, “and that her co-worker must have taken what she said wrong.”
Sheriff Morris spoke with SonsOfLibertyMedia.com and said that investigators also went to the friends and co-workers mentioned by the anonymous tipster. They all verified the claim made in the tip concerning Ms. Wilson, which coupled with her interview led to her arrest. Sheriff Morris also told us that investigators were in the process of going through her phone to see if there was more evidence on it that could be incriminating.
Wilson was charged with a felony for making a terrorist threat.
She has pleaded not guilty.
Wilson’s bond was set Monday at $250,000, and she’s next due in court on September 27, court records show.
Had this just been an anonymous tip with no verifiable evidence nor other witnesses, and an arrest was made, I would be highly suspicious, but fortunately, Oklahoma doesn’t have red flag laws in place, yet. However, this seems to be a clear threat that was made against individuals that were confirmed by several witnesses. In this matter, the police seemed to have followed the law and done the right things and possibly saved many lives in the process.
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