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Pentagon Shooting Coincides with Supreme Court Second Amendment Case
March 5, 2010
The shooting outside the Pentagon yesterday occurred as the Supreme Court considers McDonald v. Chicago, a lawsuit challenging the city’s handgun ban. The new case is a sequel to the 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which placed limits on what the federal government may do to regulate the Second Amendment. Arguments in the case, according to The New York Times, are unusually tense.
The suspected gunman in the Pentagon shooting, John Patrick Bedell, “was heavily armed and spent weeks driving to the Capital area from the West Coast,” according to The Associated Press. “Resentment of the U.S. government and suspicions over the 9/11 attacks have surfaced in writings by the Californian identified as the man fatally wounded in a hail of return fire.”
Bedell was dressed in a business suit and carried two semiautomatic weapons and “many magazines” of ammunition, according to Pentagon police chief Richard S. Keevill. Federal law enforcement sources identified the guns allegedly used by Bedell as a Sturm 9mm and a Taurus 9mm. Investigators are tracing the origins of the weapons and checking to see whether Bedell had permits for them, The Washington Post reports this morning.
“There are no indications at this point that there are any international or domestic connections to this incident at all,” Keevill said. “At this time it appears to be a single individual that had issues.”
Despite the fact Bedell had “issues,” the corporate media is attempting to connect him to the 9/11 truth movement.
“There are emerging signs that the suspect in a Pentagon subway station shooting may have harbored resentment for the military and had doubts about the facts behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,” The San Jose Mercury News reports this morning. “In an Internet posting, a user named JPatrickBedell wrote he was determined to see justice for the 1991 death of a Marine in California. The death was ruled a suicide but has long been the source of coverup theories. The writer said the case would be a step toward revealing the truth behind 9/11.”
“That same posting railed against the government’s enforcement of marijuana laws and included links to the author’s 2006 court case in Orange County, Calif., for cultivating marijuana and resisting a police officer. Court records available online show the date of birth on the case mentioned by the user JPatrickBedell matches that of the John Patrick Bedell suspected in the shooting,” reports Fox News.
“A law enforcement official told Fox News that the FBI is aware of the postings and video posted online from a person with Bedell’s name. The FBI is working to confirm who actually posted the messages and videos.”
The shooting occurred two days after the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report claiming that the patriot movement represents a growing threat to the government and Obama. “The study said some of the ideas of Patriot groups raging at the federal government in the 1990s have now become more mainstream, taken up by groups including some ‘Tea Party’ grassroots conservative activists who are hoping to make a splash in November’s congressional elections and beyond,” Reuters reported yesterday.
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