The reason this wanted man says he stole 18 guns will shock you
Well, at least it'll shock you if you are Michael Bloomberg, a member of the media, a politician who supports so-called "universal" background checks, or one of their clueless followers on social media.
Authorities have initiated a nationwide manhunt for a man they say may be intending to target the President of the United States.
Before he disappeared last week, police say Joseph Jakubowski stole at least 18 rifles and handguns and two noise suppressors from a firearms retailer in Janesville, Wisconsin.
At the time of the crime, he had just finished mailing a 161-page anti-government and anti-religion manifesto to the White House.
Thirty minutes after the gun store burglary, Jakubowski’s vehicle was found nearby, fully engulfed in flames.
Rock County (WI) Sheriff Robert Spoden said the unemployed man's manifesto is a “really a long laundry list of injustices that he believes the government and society and the upper class have put forward on to the rest of the citizens.”
According to BlueLivesMatter.com, Jakubowski also referenced dying by the hand of President Trump and said that he wanted to save everyone by taking out one politician at a time.
Police say that he has also previously made threats towards schools, prompting schools in the area to shut down while Jakubowski is still at large.
In a video taken at the time he mailed the manifesto, Jakubowski can be heard telling a postal worker “you will never forget this face, ever."
While FBI profilers are scouring the manifesto to get a better sense of what his problems are, it's another Jakubowski letter that more than a few people in Washington D.C. DO need to read.
According to NBC, Jakubowski drafted an apology letter to the gun shop's owner, in which he explains that he wanted to purchase the guns, but could not do so because he was a felon. (According to media reports, Jakubowski has one felony conviction for attempting to steal a gun from a police officer in 2008, and a history of misdemeanors, including for battery.)
To hear Michael Bloomberg, anti-gun rights politicians and their media sycophants tell it, all that is needed to stop criminals from getting guns is to pass universal background check laws.
But as Mr. Jakubowski clearly understands, when you are a criminal, being prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm doesn't mean you can't just take 18.
As gun rights advocates have stated over and over ad nauseum every time politicians start clamoring about background checks, criminals who want guns but can't pass a background check will just take what they want.
Police are now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to his capture. So please, pass this article and photo along and help make sure this criminal has nowhere to hide.
And be on the lookout. Police say Jakubowski is considered "armed and dangerous" and is in possession of a bullet-proof vest and helmet. And of course the path from Wisconsin to D.C. runs right through Ohio...
[UPDATE April 14, 2017: Gun thief who wrote anti-government manifesto in federal court]
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.