The day after the anniversary of the Columbine school massacre, another story unfolded as Ryan Schallenberger was preparing his plan to bomb the Chesterfield South Carolina high school where he attended. This time however the plan would not be carried out thanks to his parents who alerted police when 10 pounds of ammonium nitrate was delivered to their home in Chesterfield South Carolina. The ammonium nitrate had been purchased on Ebay, authorities stated.
While my focus could be on the planned bombing it is not, but I think the focus is more importantly directed on why in the world Ebay would allow such a dangerous product to be sold on their site?
We put cold medicine under lock and key that requires a signature and identification but we can buy ammonium nitrate from Ebay? And on top of that have it shipped to a residential address?
Ten pounds no less shipped to a residential address!
I went on Ebay to see if I could purchase ammonium nitrate and this is what I found. click here.
This is one of two sellers I found listed. Now I am not repeat not suggesting that either of the two sellers listed here sold this young man the nitrate. But somebody did and Ebay allowed it and is still allowing it. And now every mentally deranged person in the country knows where you can get it.!
It would take many bottles of this size to equal 10 lbs, but notice one of the statements. "Sold in 10z size...without you having to pay for a one pound lot... "
So I gather from this that at some point one pound lots were available?
The sellers goes on to state the following,
"THIS IS SHIPPED BY GROUND ONLY & SHIPPED IN 1OZ BOTTLES, NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU BUY. ONCE YOU TRY IT OUT & ARE HAPPY WITH IT, GOOD LUCK FINDING ANY MORE. WITH THE GOVERMENT GOING NUTZ ON OUR SUPPLIERS, IT WILL SOON BE ATHING OF THE PAST. SO IF YOU THINK YOU WANT SOME MORE, YOU BETTER GET SOME NOW."
So come on Ebay, what's up with selling such a dangerous product especially when it can so easily fall into the wrong hands knowing the government has already cracked down on it?
You think just because the disclaimer says to follow all the city, state and federal rules that a mentally disturbed person who is about to kill himself along with others is going to care about following the rules?
Is $4.99 "buy it now" price worth the risk?