Okay, so this young man is probably not the stone-cold assassin you'll find in the movies... But his story is a symptom of an illness that is far more prevalent in this country than we're willing to admit to ourselves: there is a desire on the part of many to become famous by killing the President of the United States.
And I don't think any president since Lincoln has had as many folks fantasizing about fulfilling that dream.
The troubled kid in the photo is identified as Mitchell Kenneth Kusich, 20, of Westminster, Colorado. He was placed in a mental health facility for mandatory observation back in October of last year after telling his therapist that he had fantasies of killing children at a trick or treat event at a local high school, and that he wanted to be remembered as "the guy who killed Obama," even though he told his doctor he thought Obama was doing a good job.
President Obama was scheduled to hold a rally in Boulder shortly after Kusich was detained for observation. Kusich told police he had taken a shotgun from his aunt's house, but that he was unable to buy ammunition at Walmart. (side note: WTF? Walmart won't sell shotgun shells to just anybody? What's this country coming to!)
Obviously, Mr. Kusich is an ill man. I hope his therapy is successful, and that he's well enough to lead a productive life in society some day in the future. The far distant future.
But what about the twisted fucks who don't spill their guts to a therapist on their way to an Obama event? What about the ones who were furious when the guy was elected four years ago, and are seething in the aftermath of his re-election? What about the thousands of heavily armed lunatics who have been stockpiling water, canned foods, and ammunition for the coming race wars they dream about? Not to mention the typical survivalist wingnutter who sidelines as a para-military militia member on weekends in the woods. They're everywhere, and they're spawning faster than we are.
The kid in this picture told his doctor about his fantasies. The doctor had him admitted, then called the police, who then contacted the Secret Service. But let's face it... for every person who "goes through channels" with his homicidal thoughts, there are hundreds who don't say a word to anyone.
If you don't believe this threat is any more severe than with previous presidents in other times, well, I hope you're right and I'm wrong. But I don't think I'm wrong. Last Tuesday's election results may very well have been the tipping point for more than a handful of sociopathic supremacists, and we've seen enough mass shootings in recent history to know how easily the mentally ill can acquire an arsenal.