Petition calls for charges to be filed against father of Waffle House shooting suspect
A petition is once again circulating on social media urging the Illinois state attorney to bring charges against the father of the Antioch Waffle House shooting suspect. The father gave the guns back to his son after police took them away.
Four crosses, four names, four faces. A memorial for the victims and a reminder of what happened to all who enter.
This Waffle House in Antioch is relatively new, and Mike Cook is a regular. He comes once or twice a week, and every time, the four crosses remind him of that day.
“Four people lost their lives because some idiot decided to come and shoot somebody," he said.
The alleged shooter, 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Illinois, had his firearm license taken away.
Police ordered his guns to be transferred to his father who later gave the guns back to Reinking, one of which was used here.
Right after the tragedy, a group called One Pulse for America started this petition urging the Illinois state attorney to bring charges against the dad.
Ladd Everitt is the director of One Pulse for America. He says it was clear from the shooter's behavior and his mental health history that he was a time bomb.
"It boggles my mind why he gave his son back those guns, including guns like the AR-15. He must have known. He must have known that he was putting people in danger, including his own son."
Everitt already signed the petition, which has recently been re-posted.
The Pulse for America group was founded by actor and civil rights activist George Takei in response to the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Everitt says the group encourages gun owners to act responsibly and gives people the chance to directly contact decision makers.