A self-described lover of firearms who bragged that he owned enough assault rifles to "mow down a small village before police arrive" is in custody after the FBI arrested him for threats to attack the Wyoming city of Casper with primitive weapons. Glenn Kirkham, 34, from Oklahoma City was arrested on Monday January 14th for threatening to attack the city of Casper. He threatened to use a .357 Magnum revolver, a .22 Derringer, several kitchen knives, an aluminum baseball bat, a hammer, a wood stake made out of hickory and his truck to wreak carnage on the city. In opposition to legislation banning assault rifles he intended to "show everyone that a very high score can be racked up using rather primitive weapons and even household objects", according to the FBI arrest affidavit.
The writer pledged to end the war on guns and warned the city of Casper to be ready on an online forum. After his arrest, Kirkham said that he was practicing a form of "artistic falsehood" and he denies that he intended to carry out the threat. Nonetheless, Kirkham is now facing federal charges for his threats. Ironically, his violent response to protest banning assault rifles may inspire more fear of people like him, and of course his unhinged response amplifies concerns that people like him at least should not be in possession of arms designed to inflict mass carnage.