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February 7, 2008

Tempe City Council’s Arbitrary Ruling Almost Ends In Mass Shooting At Super Bowl

by UCrawford

Kurt Havelock, 35, planned to shoot people at the Super Bowl.  He loaded up his car with an AR-15 rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition, then drove to a parking lot near the stadium.  When he got there, however, he was suddenly hit with remorse, realized that what he was doing was wrong and decided that he couldn’t go through with it, so he turned around and went home.  Unfortunately for Mr. Havelock, he’d already mailed an eight-page manifesto to the newspapers so it wasn’t long before the authorities descended and arrested and charged him for sending threatening communications (which was completely appropriate for the cops to do).

And what set the guy off?

The city of Tempe, Arizona refused to recommend his application for a liquor license for the bar he was trying to start up because six of the seven council members didn’t like the name “Drunkenstein’s“.

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  • Chromeangel

    Were the threatening letters actually threats addressed to whomever he sent them to, or were they statements of threatening someone else?

    That may make a powerful difference in his defense.

  • UCrawford


    I couldn’t find a copy of the text of what he wrote if it was released, but apparently he sent them to the press (not specific victims) and announced his intention to go on a a mass shooting because of his frustrations over the city council’s sinking of his business. The manifesto was an eight-pager, so I assume there was a lot of rambling in there. I don’t think he was targeting anyone specifically…apparently he’d planned to do his rampage at a shopping mall first then decided to go to the Super Bowl.

    Given the circumstances, I think the cops are charging him fairly…the guy sounds like he’s not particularly stable, but I hope people have some sympathy for the fact that he did come to his senses, he didn’t follow through with his plan and that he did feel remorse for his actions. Everyone does have their breaking point, after all and can act rashly when they’re upset. That said, had he followed through with what he had planned I likely wouldn’t be sympathetic to him at all. My point of posting this was more just to illustrate that when governments follow arbitrary policies that can wreck peoples’ lives unintended consequences can often follow…sometimes horrible and tragic unintended consequences.

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