Feds charge man with illegally buying pistol that he sold for $50 profit to the kid being accused of murdering a cop

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DETROIT, MI – According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the federal government has charged 26-year-old Sheldon Avery Thomas with illegally buying the gun for a 19-year-old who has been accused of fatally shooting Detroit police officer Loren Courts.

Authorities also stated that Thomas allegedly told the teenage boy, “Don’t do nothing (expletive) stupid because my name is (on the gun).” These allegations were detailed in a criminal complaint that was filed on Sunday, July 10th in the U.S. District Court.

According to the complaint, Thomas has been charged with lying about a gun purchase he made in June, pretending he was buying it for himself, but then handing it over to another man outside a White Castle hamburger establishment for a whopping $50 profit.

Authorities allege that that man was 19-year-old Ehmani Davis who has been accused of shooting and killing Officer Courts and then winding up dead himself after other officers shot and killed him.

It appears that Davis allegedly received the gun one month prior to the shooting from Thomas, who made a virtual appearance in court on Sunday, July 10th, and was charged with making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, which is a federal crime.

Thomas has been ordered temporarily detained pending a detention hearing on Tuesday, July 12th.

The criminal complaint, which was filed in a U.S. District Court, states that following the July 6th killing of Courts, federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted a trace on the weapon that was used in the killing — a Romarm/Cigir, Draco, 7.62-caliber pistol.

The ATF agents learned that the gun was purchased from the Action Impact gun shop in Eastpointe on June 7th, just one month before the officer’s death. A review of records and surveillance video from that day shows that Thomas purchased the gun and later met with Davis in a nearby parking lot.

Federal prosecutors stated that Thomas lied when he bought the gun by stating that he was the actual purchaser of it, not that he was actually buying it for someone else. Prosecutors also said that this was not Thomas’ first time in that specific gun shop.

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According to the criminal complaint, Thomas had initially attempted to buy a gun from the same shop on May 29th, but the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) gave a “delayed” response, which prevented Thomas from getting the firearm.

Federal agents also reviewed surveillance footage from Action Impact on May 29th, which captured Thomas trying to buy the gun.

Footage also showed Thomas and Davis walking into the store at approximately the same time, with the pair remaining close together while Thomas shopped for firearms and completed the firearms paperwork.

ATF agents reviewed video surveillance from Action Impact on June 7th as well as the paperwork that Thomas filled out when he bought the Draco pistol, which indicated that “he was the actual buyer of the firearm.” The criminal complaint states:

“Thomas signed his name certifying his answers were true, correct, and complete … (and) signed the form acknowledging that providing any false statement on the form was punishable as a felony under federal law.” 

The complaint also states that on the same day, June 7th, surveillance footage from neighboring buildings show Thomas carry the gun and meet with an individual that appears to be Davis in the parking lot of a White Castle.

On Saturday, July 9th, ATF agents obtained a federal search warrant and raided Thomas’ home, recovering the following items:

A Draco pistol sales record for Sheldon Avery Thomas, bearing serial number 21DG-3219;

Receipts from Action Impact for a “Century Arms Draco” containing serial number “21DQ3210,” and two boxes of ammunition; and

The bottom of the Action Impact receipt contained a section that stated, “Loyal Customer: SHELDON THOMAS.”

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LA Times columnist publishes article with the headline “Is California ready for more black people to legally carry guns?”

June 28th, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 23rd, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the state of New York’s concealed carry laws were unconstitutional.

Shortly after the ruling, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times wrote an article in which she asked if the state of California is “ready” for more black gun owners, suggesting that California gun laws could be in jeopardy.

According to Fox News, the columnist, Erica Smith, had a discussion with Nathan W. Jones, leader of the Bay Area chapter of the Black Gun Owners Association, on how the idea of armed black people could inspire “fear and hatred” in others. Smith wrote:

“On the one hand, [Jones] wants it to be easy for law-abiding citizens to be able to defend themselves ‘if and when the time arises.’ But on the other hand, he’s a 50-year-old realist who knows that fear and hatred of Black people run deep in the United States, especially when we’re armed.”

With the new Supreme Court ruling, Smith added:

“California could be forced to confront a reality that has long made many self-proclaimed liberals uncomfortable: Black people — potentially a lot of us — legally carrying guns in public.”

Smith said that a “truly weird thing is that race is now actually being used as an argument in support of loosening gun laws.”

In her article, Smith acknowledged that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argued in his opinion that gun control laws have had a history of limiting black gun owners from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Smith added that this sentiment was echoed by several progressive organizations. She wrote:

“Their argument? That gun control laws in New York, like California, disproportionately harm Black and Latino people who carry guns for self-defense. They complained of clients who have been ‘stopped, questioned, and frisked,’ and deprived of their livelihoods because they ‘exercised a constitutional right.'”

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She concluded her article by writing:

“In our polarized political environment, that’s a dangerous scenario that seems increasingly likely. Just as likely as some Black people wrongly getting shot by police while legally carrying a firearm. When society is armed to the teeth, bad things are bound to happen.”

After publishing her article, many Twitter users were allegedly appalled by the headline which read “Is California ready for more Black people to legally carry guns in public?” Townhall.com editor Rebecca Downs tweeted:

“Ah, the racist columnist who called @larryelder a white supremacists strikes again!”

Columnist David Marcus tweeted:

“Wow. The entire political philosophy of the American left hinges on their opponents being racists. If, as is the case, that’s not true the whole thing falls apart.”

Communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz, Steve Guest, tweeted:

“HOLY COW THIS HEADLINE FROM THE LOS ANGELES TIMES…”

In her article, Smith wrote:

“I had visions of mobs dragging people through streets, and something just kind of switched, Jones told me. We can’t rely on anybody else to come and save us. It has to be us.”

She added:

“If the Supreme Court’s ruling sticks, Jones believes more Black people could start carrying their weapons in public — particularly if the white supremacists and Christian nationalists in our midst start doing the same.”

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Do stricter gun laws really translate into fewer mass murders? Data shows that’s not even remotely the case.

May 28th, 2022

UNITED STATES- In an article at The Liberty Daily, J.D. Rucker cites and discusses several reasons why cities, states, and countries with strict gun control laws actually do not have fewer mass murders.

In the wake of two very recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people lost their lives and another at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two teachers were shot dead, the push for gun control has never been more fierce.

Since those shootings, Rucker states that the “leftists and corporate media have been joined by international media to try to paint the United States as being too soft on firearms.” He added:

“It’s an emotional response, which is why it always begins within minutes after a reported mass murder. The left needs to latch onto emotional responses because the facts simply do not support their conclusions. It is their hope that people will step up on the surface logic of ‘fewer guns means fewer crimes’ without digger deeper into the true takeaway.”

On an episode of his podcast, The Midnight Sentinel, Rucker covered a threat posted by Andrew Follett from Club for Growth that laid out how statistically speaking, stricter gun laws are tied to increased violence. Follett tweeted:

“A threat on how the media is telling you two major lies about mass shootings and gun control. 1. Other countries with vastly stricter gun laws than the US have higher rates of mass shootings 2. US jurisdictions w/ gun laws have exponentially higher rates of gun violence.”

Events in the United States seemingly get the majority of the media’s attention, however, Follett tweeted:

“…Mass shootings are clearly a worldwide issue. The US makes up about 1.15% of the world’s mass shootings while having almost 5% of the world’s population.”

He added in another tweet:

“Out of 97 countries with data, the US is 64th in frequency of mass shootings and 65th in murder rate. And rates of mass shootings elsewhere are rising faster.”

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His thread continued:

“4 times as many per capita died in mass shootings in FRANCE as in the US. 21 times in Norway. In addition to those fairly nice nations, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland have higher mass shooting death rates. All of those are pretty nice countries which MUCH stricter gun control laws than the US … and all have higher per capita deaths from mass shootings than the US.”

Next, Follett focused on gun ownership. He tweeted:

“The highest gun-ownership state with the loosest gun laws in the nation is Wyoming, where 59.7% of households have a gun (really!) Wyoming gun laws are arguably the LEAST restrictive in the United States.”

He added:

“Wyoming does NOT HAVE a gun homicide problem, with a rate of only 1.4 per 100,000- actually lower than right across the border in more gun-controlled Canada – and only about a third of that of the nation as a whole.”

Follett tweeted:

“The highest murder rate of any jurisdiction in the US is Washington, DC, which has a murder rate of 21.8 per 100,000 … more than twenty times that of most European countries! But, DC also has the most restrictive gun laws in the country … and the lowest rates of legal gun ownership, with numbers less than in many European states!”

He went on to discuss the fact that if stricter gun laws did in fact reduce gun violence rates, then we would expect jurisdictions with those types of laws to have lower rates of gun violence. However, the data show that is not the case. Follett tweeted:

“And blaming this on Republicans (which libs made trend ALL of yesterday) is … stupid. Washington DC hasn’t had a Republican mayor since literally 1933 … and hasn’t had a single Republican on its city council since 2008.”

He added:

“The same thing is true of ALL the cities with REALLY BAD gun homicide rates. In 2019: St. Louis, 64.54 murders per 100k, last GOP Mayor left in 1949. It’s the 9th most violent city in the world.”

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Buffalo shooter described himself as left-wing and trashed Conservatism, chose location in part because of strict gun control

May 17th, 2022

BUFFALO, NY — The suspect in the gruesome shooting of victims at a supermarket in Buffalo allegedly wrote a manifesto that outlined three key reasons for targeting the city.

The shooting suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, also appeared to mimic the horrific acts of previous mass shooters.

Gendron, who is white, wore body armor and a helmet with a camera attached. He is suspected of shooting 13 people at the Tops Friendly Market, which is located in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo.

Eleven of the victims were black, and two were white. Of the 10 who died, all were black.

The teen suspect reportedly used an illegally modified rifle while livestreaming his attack on the gaming platform Twitch, which is owned by Amazon.

Gendron’s manifesto is reportedly 180 pages long and indicates that he chose Buffalo for three primary reasons.

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The Epoch Times reported:

“In the alleged manifesto, the author appears to claim that he chose Buffalo because of the strict gun control laws, because it has a high ‘black population percentage,’ and because it ‘isn’t that far away’ from where he had lived.”

The Epoch Times couldn’t confirm whether the manifesto was written by Gendron, but has contacted Erie County District Attorney John Flynn’s office for comment.

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The Epoch Times further reported that the manifesto allegedly stated that New York “has heavy gun laws” and that it would ease the suspect if he “knew that any legally armed civilian was limited to 10 round magazines or cucked firearms.”

New York’s laws restrict magazines to only 10 rounds and laws that limit the purchase of certain types of semi-automatic rifles. New York state residents also need to obtain a permit, which can make it take months if not years, to buy a pistol under the provisions of the SAFE Act, according to The Epoch Times’ report.

The author of the manifesto allegedly asked rhetorically:

“Won’t your attack result in calls for the removal of gun rights in the United States?”

The author then confirms “yes” and says it is part of an unspecified plan:

“Yes, that is the plan all along, you said you would fight to protect your rights and the constitution, soon will come the time.

“NY has cucked gun laws. Assault style weapons and high capacity magazines are illegal for civilians to own, thus lowering threats from law-abiding civilians.”

The suspect also used a visual platform popular with gamers.

Twitch is a site where people can livestream video games while they are playing. Tips and commentary are usually shared while the audience watches.

Associated Press noted:

“The [Twitch] platform has boomed in popularity over the past few years. It played a key role in boosting the spread of ‘esports,’ or competitive video gaming. Popular Twitch gamers can have millions of followers. The platform itself has more than 100 million monthly users.”

Gendron’s livestreamed video was reportedly removed quickly after it was broadcast.

Associated Press reported:

“A Twitch spokesperson said it removed the video in less than two minutes.

“That’s considerably faster than the 17 minutes Facebook needed to take down a similar video streamed by a self-described white supremacist who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosques in 2019.”

There appears to be an unsettling connection between shooting massacres and social media platforms.

In March of 2019, an Australian, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, now in his 30s, livestreamed his shooting of people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He chose Facebook as his streaming platform and seemed to carefully model his attack for the internet-hooked generation. Tarrant wrote a 74-page manifesto that espoused extremist and racist views that sometimes contradicted themselves, Associated Press reported. 51 people died.

Tarrant livestreamed his massacre for at least 17 minutes, shouted out a popular meme slogan and published a long, rambling manifesto containing inside jokes geared for those into underground internet culture, Associated Press reported.

Then only months later, another shooting suspect, Stephan Balliet, who was in his 20s, allegedly launched a deadly attack at a synagogue in Halle, Germany, and livestreamed it on Twitch in October of 2019.

Streaming live with a camera mounted on his helmet, the suspect pushed on the doors of the synagogue, fired several shots at a lock on the door, stuck an explosive in a door jamb and lit it, but could not get in. According to a CNN report, 51 people were barricaded inside.

Since the suspect could not gain access into the synagogue, he allegedly filmed himself killing a woman outside Halle’s synagogue and then a patron at a nearby kebab shop.

During the assault, the suspect reportedly ranted about Jews, feminism and immigration, according to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Like Tarrant and Balliet, Gendron livestreamed his massacre of people. In addition, Gendron allegedly wrote a manifesto, like Tarrant did, that mentioned a racist “great replacement” theory to justify attacking people of other races and cultures.

Gendron’s manifesto reportedly mentioned that all non-white and non-Christian people should leave the country, Associated Press reported.

In a separate report, Jewish Telegraphic Agency noted:

“An online manifesto attributed to Payton Gendron, 18, explains that the attack was spurred by the theory that a tide of immigrants is crowding out white populations in western countries. The manifesto also says that Jews are the real problem but that ‘they can be dealt with in time.’

“The Tops supermarket, located just a few miles from the Canadian border, was chosen because it is in an area with many black residents, the manifesto says. Eleven of the 13 people shot there were black, local law enforcement officials said.

“Law enforcement authorities are working to verify that the manifesto was written by Gendron, who was arrested at the scene and later charged with first-degree murder. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the shooting as ‘a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,’ Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.”

Associated Press reported that Gendron’s livestream video spread quickly to other platforms, which were slow in removing the violent content:

“But versions of the Buffalo shooting video still quickly spread to other platforms, and they haven’t always disappeared quickly.

“In April, Twitter enacted a new policy on ‘perpetrators of violent attacks’ to remove accounts maintained by ‘individual perpetrators of terrorist, violent extremist, or mass violent attacks,’ along with tweets and other material produced by perpetrators of such attacks.

“On Sunday, though, clips of the video were still circulating on the platform.”

For example, one video clip on Twitter reportedly showed the gunman moving through the supermarket and firing upon people. Associated Press reported that video remained on Twitter for several hours.

On Sunday, Twitter said in a statement it was working to remove material related to the shooting that violates its rules:

“We believe the hateful and discriminatory views promoted in content produced by perpetrators are harmful for society and that their dissemination should be limited in order to prevent perpetrators from publicizing their message.”

However, Twitter’s actions did not appear consistent. Associated Press reported:

“But the company added that when people share media to condemn it or provide context, sharing videos and other material from the shooter may not be a rules violation. In these cases, Twitter said it covers images or videos with a ‘sensitive material’ cover that users have to click through in order to view them.

“But later Sunday, Twitter changed course on how it was treating material related to the shooting. In a subsequent emailed statement, the company said it is ‘removing videos and media related to the incident’ and ‘may remove’ tweets disseminating the shooter’s writings. Earlier, the company’s statement said it ‘may’ remove material produced by perpetrators.”

New York’s Gov. Kathy Hochul said social media companies must be more careful in monitoring what happens on their own platforms and said the livestream should have been removed “within a second.”

On Sunday, Hochul told ABC’s “This Week” that social media companies are responsible for allowing the growth of “white hope” racist ideas and then allowing people to share them:

“The CEOs of those companies need to be held accountable and assure all of us that they’re taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information.

“How these depraved ideas are fermenting on social media – it’s spreading like a virus now.”

Hochul also noted:

“People are sharing these ideas. They’re sharing videos of other attacks. And they’re all copycat. They all want to be the next great white hope that’s going to inspire the next attack.”

Another disturbing aspect is that Gendron allegedly had made previous threatening comments that brought police to his high school last spring.

However, officials said Gendron was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital.

According to a report by Breitbart:

“The revelation raised questions about whether his encounter with police and the mental health system was yet another missed opportunity to put a potential mass shooter under closer law enforcement scrutiny, get him help, or make sure he didn’t have access to deadly firearms.

“Authorities said they were investigating the attack on predominantly black shoppers and workers at the Tops Friendly Market as a potential federal hate crime or act of domestic terrorism. Saturday’s mass violence in Buffalo was the deadliest of a wave of fatal weekend shootings, including at a California church and a Texas flea market.

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