Olutosin O. Oduwole last week won his appeal on attempting to make a terrorist threat in 2007. His conviction was based on a note that threatened a murderous rampage about three months after 32 students were killed at Virginia Tech. Oduwole was a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, living on campus and had a handgun.
The note was not all he did. Besides the gun in his campus apartment, he ordered three other handguns and an Uzi-style weapon. The gun dealer said Oduwole seemed very anxious about getting those guns.
After a rampage there is always an examination of the warning signs that were missed and recriminations for those who failed to stop it. Well, that gun dealer and the police who sounded the alarms on Oduwole did exactly what our community would hope they would do.
Figuring out whether the law should encourage those prevention efforts and to what extent is eminently worthy of further examination, especially in our community with so many college campuses. We hope the Madison County State's Attorney's office decides to pursue this case to the Illinois Supreme Court.