August 10, 2019
This was one of the options I’d considered when looking at this situation.
But it also looked suspiciously like this guy was planning to do a mass shooting and then changed his mind.
However, the fact that he didn’t do a mass shooting means that he broke no law, unless they can somehow prove he was planning to do one, which I doubt they’ll be able to do, unless they fake it.
The Missouri man who walked into a Walmart wearing body armor and wielding a loaded “tactical rifle” — just days after the El Paso and Dayton shootings — told cops he was testing his constitutional right to bear arms.
“I wanted to know if that Walmart honored the Second Amendment,” said Dmitriy Andreychenko, according to local authorities.
“He stated his intentions were to buy grocery bags and did not intend for anybody to act negatively towards him,” an officer explained in a probable cause statement. “The rifle had a loaded magazine inserted but a round was not chambered. He also had a handgun on his right hip which was loaded with one round in the chamber.”
Andreychenko, 20, allegedly told cops that he “did not believe people would react the way they did” when he strolled into the Springfield Walmart on Thursday with his weapons.
“He said, ‘This is Missouri, I understand if we were somewhere else like New York or California, people would freak out,’” recalled the interviewing officer. “He said he brought a rifle and body armor due to three recent shootings and a stabbing and he wanted to protect himself. He stated he walked into the store, heard the fire alarm go off and walked out of the store. An individual then pointed a gun at him and told him to put his hands up.”
Cops said Andreychenko was detained by an armed off-duty firefighter and later placed under arrest.
He allegedly mentioned the shootings at the Walmart in El Paso and bar district in Dayton, Ohio that occurred last weekend — and noted how he told his wife, Angelice, that he was going to put his Second Amendment rights to the test in the wake of what happened.
“He said he wanted to see if the Walmart manager would respect his Second Amendment right. She told him it was not a smart idea,” the probable cause statement says. “She told him that people were going to take this seriously due to the recent events (referring to the recent mass shootings in the country). He told her he called multiple Walmarts to see if it was. She said he was just an immature boy.”
Andreychenko allegedly went to his sister, Anastasia, at one point and asked if she would videotape him going inside the store.
“He called it a social experiment,” according to the probable cause statement. “She told him it was a bad idea and that she did not want to do that.”
Andreychenko went on with his plan anyway and is now looking at a felony charge of making a terrorist threat in the second degree. He faces up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if convicted.
Russians in Missouri should be expected to do things like this, I would think.
I mean, if you understand Russians, and you understand Missouri, you don’t have to be a genius to figure out that this sort of thing is bound to happen.
This is similar to the obvious fact that if you move a bunch of Pakistanis to liberated feminist Britain, they are going to start grooming young teen and preteen white girls to be prostitutes and sex slaves. If you move a Russian to Missouri, he’s going to show up in Walmart with a semi-automatic rifle to prove he has gun rights.
#BREAKING: Photo obtained by @kolr10kozl of the man arrested at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri today. Police say man had armor & rifle when an armed off-duty firefighter detained him until police arrived. https://t.co/rQqDTM1Mtt pic.twitter.com/yzA9kUlulX
— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) August 9, 2019
If there was a sign posted on the door of the Walmart saying guns are not allowed in the store, then he did break the law. But that is the only law he could have broken.
He should probably just be let go and we should forget about this.
Though I doubt that is the way it is going to go.