An 18-year-old Torrington woman accused of plotting shootings at two Connecticut high schools, including Danbury's, wrote that she idolized the two teens who carried out a deadly 1999 school shooting in Colorado and believed that copying their crime would make her famous.
Carpenter and her 19-year-old alleged accomplice, Peter Thulin, also a resident of the group home, face charges of attempted first-degree assault and conspiracy in connection with the plan, which police said also involved attempts by the pair to purchase firearms at two Torrington gun stores.
Police said Thulin and Carpenter first attempted to buy a 12-gauge tactical shotgun at a Torrington gun store on March 1 and inquired about a course needed to obtain a long-gun certificate. The clerk told them to check back and he would tell them when the course would be offered, police said in the warrant.
The next day, police said, Carpenter and Thulin went to the gun department at Wal-Mart, where she filled out a form that initiated the 14-day waiting period before she could buy the weapon, Carpenter also went to another store in Torrington, where she bought knife with a 6.5-inch blade that police later found in her room.
One of the tricks used by the gun-rights fanatics is to demand evidence where they know there is none. This story provides an example of the countless (uncountable) cases in which strict gun control laws prevent violence. Because it's not possible to count all the times something DOES NOT happen, they seize upon that as a reason to eliminate laws that save lives.