Boston Herald – Two Iowa men are behind bars today after prosecutors say they plotted an armed attack on last weekend’s Pokemon World Championships in social media threats that invoked another ‘Boston massacre’ and Columbine.
Kevin Norton, 18, admitted to the cops that he and 27-year-old James Stumbo had made the 25-hour drive from Iowa with a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle with a high-capacity feeding device and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. The duo was ordered held without bail at their arraignment on weapons charges in Boston Municipal Court pending a Sept. 1 dangerousness hearing.
“They were referencing Columbine and another Boston massacre,” assistant Suffolk District Attorney Joseph Janezic said in court.
Judge Lisa Grant ordered a stunned-looking Norton and Stumbo held after Janezic said their “alarming’ social media” posts included Stumbo’s boast that, “My AR-15 says you lose.” …
Janezic said Norton had recently been blocked from an online Pokemon forum and allegedly said of the moderator who barred him from getting him back in, “Oh, OK, that’s fine. I will just shoot him Friday, thanks.”
First of all, I’d like to offer a huge thank you and a “job well done” to Boston’s finest for their amazing police work on this. Who knows how many members of our beloved Pokemon-playing community owe their lives to the work of the Thin, Blue Line? As the saying goes, adults with arrested development sleep peaceably in their gamer chairs in the afternoon because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf to keep them safe.
That said, I want to sympathize with Kevin Norton and James Stumbo. I mean, it has to be traumatic to be banned from an online Pokemon forum. It’s never happened to me, but if I try to walk a mile in Norton and Stumbo’s Pikachu slipper, I can only imagine how hard that must be. Once you’ve sunk that low, where really do you have to go from there?
But to threaten violence is to forget what Pokemon is all about. Have we learned nothing from the teachings of Ash Ketchum? Did Norton and Stumbo forget that Pokemon is a religion of peace? Would Charmander ever threaten someone with death? Try to imagine Dragonite flying halfway across the continent with assault weapons in order to do someone harm. It’s impossible. That’s something Team Rocket might do. Or maybe Mewtew. But no true Pokemon aficionado who respect the sanctity of the institution would even consider such a thing.
Remember, Norton and Stumbo. It’s “You gotta catch ’em all.” NOT “You gotta kill ’em all.” Otherwise you’re just a couple of stupid jagoffs going on a killing spree and obsessing on a stupid kids toy.
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