More Shootings And Copycats Following Newtown

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Not long after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, more gun violence and threats have struck in unlikely places such as Topeka, Kansas and San Antonio, Texas.

Along with the nutjob in the video above, there’s a couple of other stories coming out in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

Starting with San Antonio, Texas, a man entered a movie theater early Sunday night and started shooting up the place. “Numerous shots” were fired in and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 theater complex just before 9:30pm — in other words, a packed theater.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting, but the man started in a nearby restaurant and continued on to the theater, shooting a man on the lot outside the restaurant and injuring him. It’s unknown the extent of his injuries, but they’re not believed to be life-threatening.

The details get hazy, but at one point he shot at a marked SAPD squad car, which that means an automatic charge of attempted capital murder. And then he went into the theater, where after seemingly hitting no one — thank God he’s a terrible shot — a security guard drew down and injured the attacker. An off-duty San Antonio Independent School District police officer got the guard’s cuffs on him.

Which, before the gun rights folk get all excited — the security guard is a sheriff’s sergeant, working this job when she’s off-duty, meaning she’s had hours of training and re-qualification that no civilian is mandated to get currently. Keep in mind the two people who saved the day were literally doing the thing they’ve been trained to do over the course of weeks and months and years. The only difference is that they did it during a time when they weren’t getting paid for it.

The latest updates suggest the suspect went through a breakup and that sparked the shooting. Fan-fucking-tastic.

Elsewhere in San Antonio, this morning the Cambridge Elementary School went on lockdown after a bomb threat was issued against it. All schools in the Alamo Heights area are on “modified lockdown,” whatever that means. As of right now, they’re still on lockdown, the kids are calm, but the parents have set up lawn chairs outside, defying orders to not approach the school. Which, yeah, they’re showing up, why even pretend they won’t?

Elsewhere, in Topeka, Kansas, two officers were killed in a shootout after investigating a suspicious vehicle. From inside the the vehicle, the suspect just opened fire, killing Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29. He then holed up in a nearby house and after a two-hour standoff with police was killed.

And other quick things: Westboro Baptist Church plans on picketing Newtown in support of the shooter, so here’s a thing you can do to respond. Also, a hacker’s taken over an outspoken WBC member’s Twitter account. A famously pro-gun Senator is now saying gun control is necessary. The Newtown high school football coach left a message on a whiteboard for the president and he responded.

And then here:

Yes, Mr. President. We can surely do better than this.

Question: What’s next?

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