Two men got into a scuffle inside a Tigard, OR movie theater recently, during which a nearby woman thought she heard the word “gun.” The woman, who has PTSD, shouted “gun,” starting a panic inside the theater and causing theatergoers to flee, and instigating a lockdown of businesses in the mall. Police responded, and say there was never a weapon. Tigard Police Department spokesman Jim Wolf said “This was a good dry run for a real theater shooting.” [h/t: Tom in Oregon] . . .
David B. asks: “Is the NICS system shut down for the shut down? It’s a federal agency, but doesn’t it fall under police jurisdiction and is technically funded?” The NSSF answered this yesterday in their weekly Bullet Points email: “In the event of a government shutdown on Tuesday, the FBI’s NICS Section would remain fully operational and maintain normal business hours.” So you can keep buying guns. As you should.
In a followup to yesterday’s post about bikers vs Range Rover, CNN had this: “Police say this same group of bikers descended on New York City and clogged up Times Square last year in what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said is a ‘major stunt event.’ Authorities say they were able to prevent the group from entering Times Square this year. Police arrested 15 bikers in total Sunday, seized 55 bikes and wrote 68 summons for various violations.”
In response to a recent surge in prohibited items found at airports, the TSA is renewing the warning to leave it at home or surrender it. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said, “In most cases there is no malicious intent, but at the same time, you don’t know about the person sitting next to you, whether they see if there’s a knife available, they might decide to use it.” Really? Just “decide to” because it’s available? “Well, I wasn’t going to go on a murderous rampage, but since someone left this knife here…”
The school board in Gainesville, GA is discussing a plan to store Colt 6920 M4s in locked safes inside the school for use during a shooting incident. The plan was the idea of the Gainesville PD, who approached the board after Sandy Hook in April. The rifles (one per school) would be accessible via fingerprint recognition and only the school resource officer would have access. The guns would be locked in the SRO’s vehicle when school isn’t in session. Hopefully he’s not all the way across campus from the storage locker when the time comes.
Our favorite crazy German decides to tackle the problem everyone faces from time to time: You want to throw your panties at the rock star on stage, but your seats are too far back. Joerg being who he is, it’s only a matter of time before the expression of love is turned into an instrument of destruction. And embarrassment. Mobile users, if the video below doesn’t render, click here.