Three Mass Shooting Plots in Three States Thwarted By Police

Why passing gun control legislation is so hard

Why passing gun control legislation is so hard

Authorities in OH and Florida recently did as much when three men, each in their 20s, were arrested for posing potential mass shooting threats.

In the wake of the Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX mass shootings, federal agents have been hypervigilant in their efforts to thwart other shootings.

In Florida, deputy sheriffs detained 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, after allegedly texting his ex-girlfriend that he wants to commit mass shootings. Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff's office.

Some of the texts allegedly said "I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever", and "a good 100 kills would be nice".

Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said on CNN Sunday that authorities had recovered a.22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammo in Wix's apartment. Was kinda hoping someone would come into my life worth not doing it for, for the sake of all those people (laughing cry face emoji). I don't want people to forget this is a mental health problem. Wix had initially told investigators he did not own any firearms but that he was fascinated with mass shootings, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he's now being held without bond.

His arrest the latest in a string of mass shooting threats.

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Authorities in Ohio say they have arrested a 20-year-old man identified as James Patrick Reardon for allegedly threatening to carry out a mass shooting at a Jewish community center in Youngstown, Ohio.

According to New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio, authorities learned of Reardon's plans after an Instagram account that purportedly belongs to the suspect shared a video of a man firing a gun. The post - which was shown to an officer out on an unrelated call - tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, D'Egidio said.

And in OH, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown Jewish community center. Seamus O'Rearedon is a Gaelic spelling of Reardon's name. "Clearly when you look at this kid's background, he is the profile of a shooter".

Reardon has been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing after authorities say he made an ominous post on his Instagram account, which contained anti-Semitic material, according to police.

Police tracked Reardon down and executed a search warrant at his home in Youngstown around 10:30 p.m. Friday night. Police discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Reardon's bond was set at $250,000. Reardon is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday morning.

And in CT, police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol last week after receiving a tip that he tried to buy a large-capacity rifle magazine out-of-state. Some of the weapons were registered to Wagshol's father, but he had access to them, authorities said.

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