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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6578167.stm

Gunman report sparks Nasa alert

 

The US space agency, Nasa, has evacuated a building at the Johnson Space Center in Houston after reports that a gunman had been seen.

 

A Nasa spokesperson could not confirm reports that shots had been fired - or that a man had barricaded himself in.

 

Police were called to the scene, an engineering office known as Building 44, at about 1340 (1840 GMT).

 

A Nasa contractor, Jacobs Engineering, has told the BBC that one of its employees is involved in the incident.

 

The company said it was co-operating with police.

 

US media have been reporting that the suspect is a white man in his early 50s, but Nasa could not confirm this.

 

The Houston police department told the BBC they had sent a helicopter, a canine unit and a special weapons team to the space centre.

 

Building 44 houses communications equipment and engineering laboratories.

 

The Johnson Space Center contains Nasa's mission control which oversees the agency's space flights.

 

The centre's staff, numbering several thousand across the sprawling complex, were initially told to remain in their buildings but after several hours were allowed to leave the complex.

 

An intermediate school near the building was also secured for several hours.

 

The alert comes less than a week after a gunman killed 32 students and teaching staff at Virginia Tech university before killing himself.

 

The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington says there has been a rash of security alerts across the US, which is also marking the eighth anniversary of the Columbine school massacre in which 15 people died.

 

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If only everyone had a gun...

 

...if only everyone had a gun - what? ;)

 

 

Then we could shoot people that post vague statements.

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If only everyone had a gun...

 

...if only everyone had a gun - what? <_<

 

 

Then we could shoot people that post vague statements.

 

;) Sorry, I was referring to the idiot who claimed the Virginia Tech massacre could have been avoided if guns were allowed on campus.

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If only everyone had a gun...

 

...if only everyone had a gun - what? <_<

 

 

Then we could shoot people that post vague statements.

 

;) Sorry, I was referring to the idiot who claimed the Virginia Tech massacre could have been avoided if guns were allowed on campus.

 

Might be bollocks, but I heard only 2 states in the US allow guns in college, and those 2 states have never had a campus shooting.

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If only everyone had a gun...

 

...if only everyone had a gun - what? <_<

 

 

Then we could shoot people that post vague statements.

 

;) Sorry, I was referring to the idiot who claimed the Virginia Tech massacre could have been avoided if guns were allowed on campus.

 

Might be bollocks, but I heard only 2 states in the US allow guns in college, and those 2 states have never had a campus shooting.

 

Sounds like bollocks.

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Surely you're not allowed to carry guns in any state? The law only allows you the right to keep arms in your house as far as I'm aware.

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If only everyone had a gun...

 

...if only everyone had a gun - what? <_<

 

 

Then we could shoot people that post vague statements.

 

;) Sorry, I was referring to the idiot who claimed the Virginia Tech massacre could have been avoided if guns were allowed on campus.

 

Might be bollocks, but I heard only 2 states in the US allow guns in college, and those 2 states have never had a campus shooting.

 

Sounds like bollocks.

 

 

This is where I head it (no sound needed)

 

 

Don't shoot the messenger <_<

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Surely you're not allowed to carry guns in any state? The law only allows you the right to keep arms in your house as far as I'm aware.

With a pistol permit you are able to carry a handgun on you at all times in any kind of venue. True it is somewhat difficult to get this permit- a drawn out process when you go the appropriate avenues. Safe to say that the majority of crimes are carried out by persons without said permits. There's a whole can of worms there I just don't care to open so lets just call this an answer for Ewerk's question and leave it at that.

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