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The nutjobs are getting bolder.

A shooting just occurred at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C.! That's one of the most heavily screened places in town (aside from the obvious buildings). You can't get in without passing a metal detector and other security checks. A security guard was badly hurt. God knows what the shooter was hoping to accomplish. The people in the museum were scared, I'm sure.


ETA- shooter also shot and has been identified. An 88 year old man with ties to white supremacist groups. Color me not surprised. 88 years old? Jeez.

ETA again: The security guard has died. :(


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Jun. 10th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
And here I was worried because my half-Jewish kid flew to Israel today.

The danger was HERE not there.

This man was old enough to be a young man during WWII. Guess he batted for Hitler's team, the fucker.

I've been to the Holocaust museum, with DH and Becky. It was sobering. I cried when I saw some of the stuff that was actually used in the camps.
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I almost threw up when I went to the museum. It's unbearable...but everyone who has a chance needs to go. There is no way you can walk out of there a Holocaust denier.
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I've only been in the free part of the museum, which was sobering but kid-friendly. I really liked how interactive it was, the exhibit called "Danny's Story" I think. Is that still there? There were massive massive lines to get in to the rest of the museum, which is why I didn't get to see it. I think it might have been when the museum was brand new.
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, Daniel's Story is a permanent exhibit.

I went in 1995, when the museum was still new. It was overwhelming (the hall with the victims' shoes just killed me). I would like to go again (I'm an hour from D.C.)- when my cousin brings his kids here this summer, I might tell him to take them to the kids' exhibits.

Next time you're in the D.C. area, try to go to the main museum.
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
FFS! MUSEUM! Mu!seum! What the heck.

Well I'm glad at least the museum guards were armed. It's a crazy world when museum guards have to be armed against random shooters - not because of protecting valuables from being stolen, but to protect against nutters who just want to shoot people. What the heck. Museum security guards are not supposed to die in their everyday duties.


Do you live in/near DC?

Well thank goodness they do have those security checks. I assume he wasn't able to get past it. It said the shooting took place near the security checkpoint.
Jun. 10th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
The security guard who died made sure he didn't get past. He did his job and died for it. Most museums don't have armed security guards. The Holocaust Museum is an exception- because of the content. There are a lot of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers out there who are probably cheering what happened today.

I'm just an hour from D.C., and I try to go to the museums/thaters/sports there as often as I can.

Edited at 2009-06-10 11:07 pm (UTC)
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