His threats were not empty. AP reports:
Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him. He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement.
Cedar Lake Police officers were called to Meyer's home early Friday after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire once she fell asleep, the statement said.
Ok, clearly we have a man who is suffering from mental illness here, right? First he threatens his wife, then after a weekend full of horrible news about the Newtown tragedy he threatens to shoot up a local elementary school.
Here's the problem: He had the means to do it and he isn't necessarily mentally ill at all. Meyer travels with a rough group.
On Saturday, officers served warrants at Meyer's home and arrested him. The statement said police had learned that Meyer kept many weapons in his older, two-story home and "is a known member of the Invaders Motorcycle Gang."
Officers searched the home, finding 47 guns and ammunition worth more than $100,000 hidden throughout the home. Many of the weapons were collector's guns.
The name Invaders Motorcycle Gang makes them sound more benign than they are, if that's even possible. In 2010, charges were brought against their members for five gruesome murders. Law enforcement shut down one of their clubhouses in Portage, Indiana last summer. In 2008, several members located in the same area as Meyer were arrested in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking ring.
I have to believe there is more to this spate of violence than meets the eye. With all of the talk by the fringe right about how Obama is going to take their guns away, it's worth looking at the crazy rumors that have been revived. From 2009 on, Glenn Beck has been claiming that President Obama is going to put conservatives in concentration camps. Then there are the 12/21/2012 doom and gloom hawkers. If you were the type to keep your guns for the end times, it seems as though you might not care anymore about what you did. It might give you permission to do bad things, because if the world ends, may as well hasten it?
In addition to having a serious conversation about gun laws, it might also be time to figure out how much of this end-times talk is funded by gun manufacturers and gold hawkers, because they are clearly having a clearance sale on sanity and survival this month.