“It was foolish. I didn’t give it thought.” Those words rolled off the tongue of 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, the guy who donned a tactical vest and carried a braced AR pistol into a Springfield, Missouri Walmart just days after the El Paso Walmart shooting.
He faces a litany of charges, and worst-case scenario, he could be deported if convicted.
From KY3 TV:
It set off panic among some shoppers, and led to Andreychenko being held at gunpoint and arrested. He is charged with making a terrorist threat.
“Praise God that he (the man who held Andreychenko at gunpoint) was trained and that he was able to see that I wasn’t threatening anyone and didn’t shoot me, so praise God for that,” Andreychenko said.
Andreychenko tells KY3 News he now sees his decision was poor timing, given the other two mass shootings in recent days, but otherwise does not regret what he did.
“It was foolish, I didn’t give it thought. It was so innocent that I didn’t think this would happen.”
Here is the interview.
He didn’t think.
Too often this is the problem with some who open carry their long guns in public. While The People of the Gun might not be alarmed at the sight of a man or woman wearing a tactical vest and carrying a long gun, the average John or Jane Doe definitely will be. Particularly right after a high profile spree shooting.
Sadly, open carrying long guns ends up setting back the cause of gun rights, not advancing it.