Student Busted for Silly Stuff

Sheriff, Feds Confiscate Assault Weapons, Ammo In Monterey Park
Associate President, East Los Angeles College Student Union Is Arrested

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Sheriff’s detectives assisted by federal agents raided a Monterey Park home and arrested a man for suspected credit card theft and possession of assault weapons, ammunition and stolen U.S. military hardware, authorities said today.

A sheriff’s department statement identified the suspect as 23-year-old Matthew Corwin and said he is the associate president of the student union at East Los Angeles College.

Corwin was arrested by detectives at his residence in the 400 block of Brightwood Street in Monterey Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, said sheriff’s Deputy Ed Hernandez. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The sequence of events culminating in the raid began with detectives assigned to the Sheriff’s College Bureau receiving “information that Corwin possessed numerous illegal weapons at his home in Monterey Park,” he said.

The raiding party consisted of sheriff’s detectives “assisted” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Defense Department, Hernandez said.

Inside the Brightwood Street home, the detectives “located assault weapons, ammunition, and military equipment belonging to the Department of Defense,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said Corwin was booked at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station, “without any incident,” on suspicion of illegal possession of assault weapons and credit card theft.

No details on the confiscated weapons or the credit card case were immediately released.”

The internet is a wondrous thing. Some may claim it has diminished human contact; however, studies have shown a correlation to neighborhoods cohesiveness and electronic email (Pew Internet). Despite our celebrated use of the internet, it’ll be used against you regardless of any validity.

Take FOX 11 in LA County for example. A college student of high moral character and a President of the Associated Student Union at East Los Angeles College was arrested on alleged weapons infractions and credit card fraud. The arrest of twenty-three year old Matt Corwin, a frequent contributor to under BlackWaterOps, is a recent example of what a myspace page can do. Even FOX 11 “reported” his myspace page was used as the main source for the warrant for his arrest.’s being hung for having “Cho Seung-Hui” like photo poses (sure, ignore the other several thousand that have those), and as a result of a knee-jerk reaction to the Virginia Tech Shooting. I find it hilarious that administration are “stepping” up security as a result of school shootings – shouldn’t they already be doing their best to protect students from harm? HA! One can imagine the disappointment from the school administration.

“There’s been another shooting – we’ll need to start giving a damn again.”

There is such a negative doctrine on firearms by the media, it’s quite ridiculous. At this rate, I’m surprised that young boys are STILL attending church – let alone ALL good looking K-12 female teachers aren’t screened for potential child molestation.

Anyhoo, his pretrial is tomorrow morning and I can only hope he’ll get out of this with very few financial scratches. He’s a great asset to the gun community and a stand up gentleman looking at his posts at

I guess my point is to be mindful of what you put on your myspace/facebook/friendsters page…

[sarcasm] FEAR ME AND MY FLOATING .22LR RIFLE OF DOOM AND GLOOM. Consider me a danger to society because I use Cordura equipment to organize things, have a fascination about firearms, “stockpile” ammunition, take pictures of my arsenal, posses multiple magazines and ammunition to last me several months… [/sarcasm]


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8 Comments on “Student Busted for Silly Stuff”

  1. May 4, 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    What do you think is going to happen if you post up pics of guns on myspace along with headlines like: ” The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they’re going to be when you kill them.” and “Be polite. Be professional. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.” hahah what a douche bag.

  2. May 5, 2007 at 12:44 am #

    I agree it’s not the best words of choice for a public page, but the negative stigma around gun collecting is a joke. Some of us are getting burned for having legal firearms and pay for the legal costs to stay out of jail. There were two assault weapons cases in Orange Co. regarding off list lowers. They were booked, charged, and charges were dropped. They still lost their rifles, time, and money – even if they didn’t break any laws. To go through the system as an innocent person as a result of a DA who lack understanding of complex California guns laws is financially dreadful.

    Regarding the quotes; I, and probably yourself know people who use the same exact quotes – does that mean they are a danger to society? I don’t think so.

    “Be polite. Be professional. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
    – A doctrine of the Marines based in Barwana signifying the difficulty to determine friend/foe in an urban environment. It’s a life style I’ll probably never know.

    The William Clayton quote I find silly, however, I really don’t understand the meaning behind it if there’s a deeper connotation that exists.

    Posting pictures and quotes:
    Good idea? I would agree on the grounds that it wasn’t smart to post pictures of “scary” guns.

    Douche bag? I hope not. I gather that he’s type of fellow that follows the laws and that’s why I’m rather disappointed on how this played out. As a fellow gun owner – I really do hope he’s within the lines of the law and his legal counsel will see to it.

    To answer your original question, I have little doubt in my mind that someone will report my myspace and I will be sent to jail. I think thats the sad part.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. May 6, 2007 at 1:10 am #

    I agree that the negative stigma around gun collecting in this state is total BS. I myself am an avid collector but I tend to be publicly very quiet about it because I understand this stigma. I think there are ways the gun control community can work to help the general public understand we are not evil murders but posting up the kind of cavalier crap he did is not one of them and in my opinion was not very mature. I Know what you mean about the comments, in a closed social group where context and intention are not an issue I would think nothing of it but Myspace is a public place. In public it’s just not a smart thing to mix a touchy subject with morbid jokes that can easily be taken out of context by antiguners and authority’s . His irresponsibility in this respect can only damage the public outlook on our sport.

    PS: I love your page! keep up the good work.

  4. Jim Sombers
    January 3, 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    It is nice to know that we do NOT have free speech anymore if words on your myspace page which are just quotes can be used against you!
    Better read 1984 again folks.


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