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‘I’m Going to Come Back Orlando-Style!’: Gay Bars Across US Receive Threats in Wake of Attack

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Authorities Report Incidents in Atlanta, Houston, New York City, San Diego, Seattle

Authorities in at least five major cities have reported terroristic threats made against gay bars and the LGBT community in the wake of the shooting that left 49 people dead at Pulse Orlando early Sunday. 

Police have increased patrols in LGBT entertainment districts across the country, and law enforcement is encouraging people to follow the practice of, “If you see something, say something,” and call 911 if they witness a threat. 

“If we give up our freedoms, (terrorists) win. If we become fearful, they win. That should never happen,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told The Oakland Press. “What we should do is become more united, more engaged and more situationally aware — individually and as a society.”

In Atlanta, police reportedly have questioned a gay man, Brett Edgerton, who posted threatening messages against two local gay bars on Twitter. 

“TEN or Blake’s could be the next Orlando,” Edgerton wrote. “You think I am the type to be the next ‘shooter’? Keep hating me then.” 

“You are all dead to me,” Edgerton wrote later. 

Atlanta police, who tracked down Edgerton after receiving tips about the tweets, say he is cooperating with their investigation, and they don’t believe either bar is in danger, according to a report from Project Q. 

In Houston, police are investigating a threat made on Twitter against the city’s upcoming LGBT Pride parade. 

“There will be a massive shooting at the pride parade in Houston, Texas,” read the post from an account that has since been deleted. 

Police say they’re trying to determine who made the threat, according to AbOUT magazine.  

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Meanwhile, New York City police arrested a man early Monday after he made threats against HappyFun Hideaway, a neighborhood bar with many LGBT patrons in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Justin Rice, 40, had been kicked out of the bar by a bouncer for arguing loudly with his girlfriend, according to DNAinfo.com and The New York Daily News. 

“I’m going to come back Orlando-style!” Rice reportedly yelled. “I’m going to shoot this place up and get my 50 just like Orlando, Florida.”

Rice punched the bouncer and threw a metal bucket filled with sand at him, while screaming, “Fuck you faggots, fuck that faggot, I’ll kill you faggots!”

The bouncer suffered minor injuries but managed to restrain Rice until police arrived. He is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment, making a terrorist threat and menacing as a hate crime. 

The New York Post reports other gay bars in the city have received threatening phone calls. 

In Washington state, authorities says online threats against gay bars in Seattle and Tacoma are not credible. The FBI interviewed a Spokane man who posted the threats but did not find “reason to suggest a pending physical threat,” according to The News Tribune.

Finally, in San Diego, police are investigating an ad posted on Craigslist that included an image of a firing handgun and a threat toward the LGBT community. 
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According to 10News.com, the ad in the men-seeking-men sub-section of the site stated: “We need more Orlando’s (sic). Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next…”

Watch 10News.com’s report below. 

 

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Watch Live: President Biden to Address the Nation in Prime Time Tonight on Texas Elementary School Shooting

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President Joe Biden, immediately upon returning to the White House Tuesday night will address the nation on the Texas elementary school mass shooting. 14 students and one teacher were shot and killed. President Biden is returning home Tuesday night from his five-day international trip to Asia.

Biden will speak from the Roosevelt Room slated now to start at 8:15 PM ET.

The President has already issued “A Proclamation Honoring The Victims Of The Tragedy In Uvalde, Texas,” including ordering flags to be flown at half staff.

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Watch: Texas Attorney General Suggests Arming Teachers After 15 Shot and Killed at Elementary School

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called for arming teachers and “doing more at the school” to prevent school mass shootings, immediately after14 elementary school students and one teacher were shot and killed in Uvalde, Texas.

Paxton, who is in a tight re-election primary runoff race, was speaking to a Newsmax host who noted that Texas is “not a stranger to shootings.”

“Yes, sadly, this has happened again, and it’s a horrible tragedy,” Paxton said, after being asked what efforts have been talked about or taken to prevent school shootings.

“Having one point of entry, making it more difficult for people even to get in that point of entry, and having, potentially, teachers and other administrators who have gone through training and who are armed because first responders typically can’t get there in time to prevent a shooting. This is just not possible unless you have a police officer on every campus, which for a lot of these schools is almost impossible. So I think you’re gonna have to do more at the school because it typically involves very short periods of time and you have to have people trained on campus to react.”

The host talked about hardening schools “so they’re not easy prey for crazy people who go nuts with firearms.”

Defending his call for people to be armed Paxton went on to say people who are “not following murder laws” are “not going to follow gun laws.”

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Fourteen students and one teacher are dead, and others have been injured after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

ABC News live video (below) reports “14 dead,” stating Gov. Greg Abbott has made that announcement. ABC News, online, citing multiple sources, reports the shooter is also dead.

CNN confirms 15 are dead:

NBC News adds: “The shooting occurred after new FBI statistics released Monday showed active shooter incidents in 2021 surged by more than 50 percent from 2020 and nearly 97 percent from 2017.”

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