Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-5-15: Armed But Not Dangerous

A veteran and Umpqua student explained on MSNBC the night of the shooting the potential concerns if he and other vets tried to act. John Parker said he does have a concealed carry permit and had a firearm on him when the shooting happened, and so he and others around him wanted to see if they would be able to intervene. They ultimately decided not to, because it could have made them a target for SWAT teams responding to the shooting. Does that make him a coward or just smart?

Interesting Stat of the Day: $5.4 million. Congress is taking action following the revelation the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million over four years to salute the troops during its broadcasts.

A White House petition posted Friday is calling on President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chris Mintz. He is the Army veteran who has been hailed as a hero after trying to block the gunman and taking multiple bullets on Thursday’s mass shooting.

ISIS has opened two theme parks for young children. They are in Syria and Iraq, and include among other things spinning teacups, a big wheel and a miniature.

In technology news, based undoubtedly on the success of The Martian over the weekend, Elon Musk is walking back his plan to nuke Mars to terraform it. He says that he doesn’t actually want to nuke Mars, he wants to create a couple of artificial Suns.

Plus, a guy in Russia was spotted driving around with a bear in his passenger seat.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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