Unarmed Gunman Puts Senate Buildings On Lockdown

by Jack Stuef

Everyone knows the drill.

The man allegedly began to make physically threatening gestures toward the officer, which prompted the officer to draw his gun and instruct the man to lay down on the ground.

“He began to threaten the officer physically,” Morse told The Hill. “The officer took a defensive posture to thwart that aggressive action, but then the subject’s behavior led the officer to believe that he may have a gun.”

At about 11:30 a.m. Senate staff received an emergency message from Capitol Police saying that “all members and staff should lock their office doors and stay in their office.”

So this time it wasn’t just a blinking Christmas ornament, it was a guy, but he had no weapons. Something exciting for everyone over there to tweet about, at least. [The Hill]

 

Hola wonkerados.

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{ 56 comments }

YasserArraFeck December 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I think the country would be better off if the denizens of the Capitol stayed in their locked offices for………the next two years?

BarryOPotter December 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

That is one sweeeeet Avatar'fro! Did you blow that shit out?

GuyClinch December 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Jack, that's one hell of a good headline. You really ought to get paid for this stuff.

V572625694 December 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Is The Onion hiring?

ulTIMum December 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm

The big boys back home used to say the most dangerous weapon was the unloaded sort. "Lotta folks killed with unloaded weapons."' So if this gunman did not have a weapon that was not loaded, then he was a triple threat!

GuyClinch December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

And imagine if the gunman with no unloaded gun had never even shown up on Capitol Hill — why, he would've been a quadruple threat!

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm

How stupid do they think we are? I refuse to buy into the "lone unarmed gunman" theory.

StillGoinGreen December 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

There just HAD to be at least one additional unarmed accomplice there, not threatening anybody at the Capital building.

Crank_Tango December 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm

add to that the magic nonexistent bullet, and we are fucked, my friend.

if there's grass on the knoll…

horsedreamer_1 December 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

See, I was thinking an armless man with a gun implanted in his chest.

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Dr Richard Kimball will not rest until he finds him.

Rarian Rakista December 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I thought the Wonkette office was at the top of one of a 30 story building in downtown Washington DC?

HistoriCat December 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Wonkette does not allow comments therefore Wonkette does not exist therefore there is no Wonkette office.

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

And you can see Major Major as soon as he's no longer in.

MistaEko December 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Look for guys like this to show up every 5 to 6 hours for the next 10 days and their ties to the republican party to be discovered in January.

MissTaken December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Is there anyone who works four blocks away that can report on this?

Extemporanus December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Wow, um, making fun of reasonable reactions to a gruesome unarmed gunman who began to make physically threatening gestures 4 blocks away from me is so funny that it makes me wish you had decided maybe this was inappropriate and kinda fucked up to post.

MissTaken December 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Years later and that comment still makes me giggle

SudsMcKenzie December 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm

You have received my pee.

Barbara_i December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I wonder if he was just trying to impress Jodie Foster?

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

More to the point, was he trying to impress some woman who ISN'T Jodie Foster?

SorosBot December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Well maybe the guy was the Hulk and could have taken down the entire building with his bare hands.

Boredw/Gravity December 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Did this make John Boehner cry?

SudsMcKenzie December 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Its the new "good news for John McCain" isn't it.

trampndirtdown December 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Meh maybe.Also

deanbooth December 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

At least it wasn't an armless gunman.

Extemporanus December 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I believe the preferred term is "foot soldier".

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

By the time the Jackbooted Government Agents and the SEIU Thugs are finished with him, this patriot won't have a leg to stand on.

edgydrifter December 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Morse continued: "Our officers are all trained to spot and neutralize 'looks that could kill.' You just can't take chances when you're defending our freedoms."

Progressiveinga December 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Too bad EVERYONE wasn't unarmed. Oh, wait. What?

nounverb911 December 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I say lock them in (and lock the bathrooms) until they get some work done!

V572625694 December 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

…which prompted the officer to draw his gun and instruct the man to lay down on the ground. “He began to threaten the officer physically…”

Well of course he did! When the officer makes a terrible grammatical mistake like that, he's just asking for it. And then the cops had to go and make a bad grammatical situation worse:

…an emergency message from Capitol Police saying that “all members and staff should lock their office doors and stay in their office.”

GuyClinch December 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Maybe the officer wanted the suspect to place little feathers on the ground…?

trampndirtdown December 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Boy if they're going to wait until this guy passes an egg it's going to be a while.

JustPixelz December 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I can think of more than a few Repubicans who "make threatening gestures" toward me with the laws they propose/pass. Can we get the guards to arrest those guys?

freakishlywrong December 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

“He began to threaten the officer physically,” Morse told The Hill. “The officer took a defensive posture to thwart that aggressive action, but then the subject’s behavior led the officer to believe that he may have a gun.”

Does anyone else find that vaguely homoerotic?

GuyClinch December 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

"…the subject’s behavior led the officer to believe that he may have a gun.”

According to the officer, the gun kept getting bigger and bigger.

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Oh, please. It's not like there were any Brazilian acrobats there.

hagajim December 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Is this what is referred to as a cockblock lockdown? At least in Jim DeMint's case?

OkieDokieDog December 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I can't wait for the lame stream media's report about this potentially horrendous (non)event on the evening news. Will it be the main story or is there a new Hollywood divorce that's more important? Tune in…

Bonzos_Bed_Time December 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Did he leave a flashing LED toy in a trashcan somewhere?

Pragmatist2 December 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Did the unarmed man say "Unhand me!!!!" when they arrested him?

chascates December 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

If someone in a hockey mask with a chainsaw came running in I assume the entire city would shut down.

New tea party tactic.

DoktorZoom December 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Happily, the charismatic Capitol Police officer had a disarming grin.

Radiotherapy December 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Thank jeebus he wasn't trying to steal a trillion dollars from anybody.

undeterredbyreality December 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Gosh you wonketeers are good tonight. I got nothin'. (I guess you could say I'm disarmed.) Y'all give me goosebumps runnin' up my leg. Extra pees for all.

Negropolis December 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

And a healthy addition to your pee-ness for good measure, kind sir and/or madame.

Radiotherapy December 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

We've all gotten a "p" present from ???? Ken, our intensedebate overlords, the Repubs, Sandy Claws??? — well except metamarcisf who has been whip-sawed back to negative 115. Go, metamarcisf, Go.

undeterredbyreality December 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

I'm beginnin' to suxpect them pees ain't what they're cracked up to be. You know that sometimes Satan come as a man of pees.

Negropolis December 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

Come on, now. Give pees a chance, won't you?

transfatz December 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

“The officer took a defensive posture to thwart that aggressive action"

Officer cowers: …Safeword, safeword, must remember my safeword…

trampndirtdown December 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I believe Green Balloons is the default safeword round these parts.

bagofmice December 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

It's a shame the DC is so flat they can't even muster a grassy knoll. Or is it by design?

ulTIMum December 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Remember the guy busted for armed robbery who was told the police had two witnesses who saw him do it, and he countered, "Yeah, well, I have four guys who DIDN'T see me do it!"

Negropolis December 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

The capitol is on a hill, and actual hill. Oh, and walk up to the National Cathedral and call it flat.

bagofmice December 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I know. I lived there for a few months. However, I came here from the OTHER Capitol hill in the OTHER Washington. I was disappointed in the hillitude.

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