UPDATE: It has been confirmed that police shot the suspect, who approached an officer and was told to stay back. The police will be giving a detailed update soon.
It is with profound horror and regret that we must report that a shooting is underway at the Dallas Love Field Airport. Little information is known at this time, but at least nine shots have been fired. The area is on lockdown right now as law enforcement responds to the attack. One person is reportedly injured, but no other details are available at the time.
While we don’t really know what’s going on, it seems fitting to remind everyone that Texas has no background checks on private gun sales, no carry licenses for rifles, no ban on assault weapons, no magazine capacity restriction, and no gun registration requirements, thus making it incredibly easy for shootings to occur. Texas also has the second highest number of gun murders per year. It appears that the two facts are related, despite the protestations of the National Rifle Association and gun-nuts everywhere.
This shooting occurred literally at the exact same time as Donald Trump was decrying efforts to rein in the excessive proliferation of small arms in our nation.
Civilian Bryan Armstrong filmed this shocking footage of the attack:
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