For John, BLUF: There are lessons here, but I don't expect to see any. Nothing to see here; just move along.
A masked gunman took hostages at a cinema in western Germany on Thursday before police stormed the complex and shot him dead, police said.So, here is an interesting story. No mention of a rifle (FYI, a rifle could be an AR-15, but not a musket) in the headline. It isn't until the third paragraph that the hostage taker having a gun is mentioned.
No other people were injured, a police spokesman said.
The attacker, who carried a rifle or "long gun," acted alone and appeared to be a "disturbed man," the interior minister of Hesse state, Peter Beuth, told the regional parliament.
Yet, the police thought the situation was sufficiently dire to use deadly force.
The "weapon" turned out to be a life-like simulation, which apparently fooled the police. With the name not released one wonders if this might have been a copycat event, off of Orlando.♠
Germany has strict gun laws. Apparently they need strict laws on models of guns.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Which is why not playing up the assassination attempt on Mr Trump made good sense.