Baelic Lammers of southwest Missouri has gun control advocates concerned.
[He] was arrested last week after his mother told police she feared he was planning an attack. Investigators who questioned him last Thursday say he said he had bought a ticket to the latest “Twilight” movie on its opening weekend and planned to open fire on filmgoers before going to a nearby Walmart to shoot shoppers.
He is charged with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action, and remained jailed Wednesday on $500,000 bond…
Lammers’ mother said this week that her son had undergone inpatient treatment and has shown signs associated with Asperger’s syndrome, borderline personality disorder and other conditions.
“He didn’t ask to be born different,” Tricia Lammers said at a news conference this week at the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Springfield. “He grew up his whole life in (his sister) Kristyn’s shadow. He wanted to be successful and be somebody. Just two weeks ago he asked me — both my kids still call me mommy — he said, ‘Mommy, do you think I’m a failure?’ I said, ‘No, Blaec, I don’t.’”
Since 1968, federal law has banned certain types of mentally ill people from buying guns, including those who have been deemed a danger to themselves or others, involuntarily committed or judged not guilty by reason of insanity or incompetent to stand trial.