Two Gunmen Dead After Attack on Texas ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest

CenterDALLAS, Texas — Two gunmen are dead after opening fire at a security officer outside of a Texas event that included a contest to see who could draw the best cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The incident occurred on Sunday evening just as the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” was coming to a conclusion. Two men, one of which has been identified as Elton Simpson of Arizona, drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and began shooting at a security officer. Police officers who were on duty for extra security then returned the gunfire with the suspects, fatally wounding them.

“The first suspect was shot immediately,” Mayor Douglas Athas explained to CNN. “The second suspect was wounded and reached for his backpack. He was shot again.”

Simpson had reportedly been watched by the FBI for terror suspicions in the past, being convicted five years ago for lying to investigators about his plans to travel to Somalia. A judge ruled, however, that it was unproven that he had intentions to join a terror organization.

Federal investigators have been searching Simpson’s apartment in Arizona since last night, and some reports state that he is believed to be behind the Tweets that were published just 15 minutes before the shooting took place.

“The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu’mineen,” the Tweet, written under the profile name “Shariah is Light,” read. “May Allah accept us as mujahideen (jihadists). Make dua. #texasattack.”

According to ABC News, ISIS sympathizers had been calling for attacks on the event for the past week, pointing to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France, and urging the U.S. “brothers” to likewise.

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The contest was organized by the New York-based American Freedom Initiative, led by Pamela Geller, who identifies as Jewish and regularly speaks against Islam. She has become known in recent years for her legal battles to place advertisements decrying Islam and exposing violent texts in the Koran in subways and other transportation systems.

Geller was one of the speakers at Sunday’s event, as well as Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is stated to be on an al-Qaeda hit list. Approximately 200 people were attending the exhibit and contest, which displayed submissions from across the nation depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The winner was to receive $10,000.

Geller had obtained security for the event, and metal detectors were used to screen ticket holders. Only those who had tickets were allowed to enter the exhibit and contest.

Police spokesperson Joe Harn told reporters that a bomb squad searched the vehicle of the suspects as a precaution.

“Because of the situation of what was going on today and the history of what we’ve been told has happened at other events like this, we are considering their car [is] possibly containing a bomb,” he said.

“Texas officials are actively investigating to determine the cause and scope of the senseless attack,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected tonight.”

The incident happened very quickly and was over in approximately 15 seconds.

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  • Rey G

    Let have more contests like that

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      No, don’t be crazy.

      • James Von Borcke

        Yes. There is no reason to allow violent sectarians to impede our liberties.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          It’s not liberty. It’s stupidity no one needs.

          • James Von Borcke

            Why is it ‘stupidity’? If my actions are limited by the beliefs of another, then I am not free. I am not free, then I am oppressed. And if I am oppressed, by will fight for my equality.

            If that means drawing pictures of a barbaric butcher with a thing from prepubescent girls because his followers deem it a heresy, then draw I shall. If that leads to me being shot, then so be it; it will serve as a reminder to everyone of why we don’t bow to tyrants or terrorists.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, you guys just want to desecrate everything on your path and make people suffer because you are being bored. ISIS and the Sodomic secularism have no difference whatsoever in their warped delight in watching people suffer. The godless Western secularism sucessfully tamed its own liberal pseudo christian population, but not all humans would bow to blasphemous secularism.

          • James Von Borcke

            Words like ‘blasphemy’ are the invention of priests eager to silence those who speak against them.
            When I am restricted by the laws of another person’s religion, then I am not free.
            If I am not free, then it is not only my right, but my duty, to resist.
            I’m not required to remain silent because my voice threatens your frail faith.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, you guys just want to mock like some mentally-ills. Liberty was established to worship God according to His Word and one’s own conscience, not for being disrespectful against God or inflicting pains upon religious people. Mock yourself if you want to mock, not other people’s serious religions.

          • James Von Borcke

            “Liberty was established to worship God according to His Word and one’s own conscience…”
            Or to ignore god per one’s own conscience.
            I accept no sectarian authority, nor is any religion that makes demands of ~me~ to be considered ‘serious’.
            And consequently, I have yet to even ~begin~ to mock, so given your childish attitude, I’d suggest that you back off before I show you something ~truly~ blasphemous and you go running home cryin’ to your mama.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Your secular culture is altogether evil. This news is about the Western secularism’s evil. You are the proof. I never asked you to write me. You need to repent of your evil sins to get saved.

          • James Von Borcke

            “This news is about the Western secularism’s evil.”

            This news is about free people living in a free nation not being terrorized into capitulation by sectarian threats. No religion is above criticism, including my own.

            It is only by being free of the faith of others that I am free to fully live my own faith.

            Which is Christian.

            And which is ~not~ being oppressed by those icky, evil, wicked, baby-eating Atheists.

            Perhaps your knowledge of what is happening in the United States isn’t as complete or accurate as you think?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You are not Christian. Christians don’t behave as you do. I’m just pointing out the fact people are doing a real stupid evil thing by blaspheming. You don’t need to do this evil but you choose to do because you think you have to desecrate everything and cause pains upon the people you don’t know. Evil secularism’s dead-end.

          • James Von Borcke

            “I’m just pointing out the fact people are doing a real stupid evil thing by blaspheming.”

            Again, ‘blasphemy’ is a fictional crime invented by political priesthoods to ensure their sectarian authority over an unquestioning populace.

            But, yes, I am Christian… I’m just not a Conservative. Those folks just as bad as any other religion’s conservative half. As Conservative Christianity would enforce 99% of the same laws as Conservative Muslims, the remaining 1% difference won’t make a difference.

            I’m just proud (and lucky!) to live in a nation where that will never happen even while you denounce those protections from whatever country you are in.

            And just out of curiosity, what country are you in? And what protections for the freedom of religion does that country enjoy?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Claim whatever. You are NOT Christian. What you have is filthy baby-killing Sodomic secularism. You need to repent and have Christian faith to get saved. I’m from various Asian countries. American Christians rescued us but the liberals are ruining America today.

          • James Von Borcke

            “I’m from various Asian countries.”

            Not an answer.

            “American Christians rescued us but the liberals are ruining America today.”

            There wouldn’t be a United States if not for liberals. “Americanism” is a liberal idea. Equality is a liberal idea. Freedom of speech and of religion and of expression… All ~liberal~ ideas. Every. Single. One. And Liberal Christians have been part of that fight, as have liberal Atheists, liberal Jews, liberal Muslims, liberal Agnostics, etc. etc. etc.

            And it has been Conservative Christians, without fail, who have been on the wrong side of ~every~ issue.

            Remember, Jesus told Pilate that his kingdom was ~not~ of this Earth and that he posed no risk to Rome, just as he told his ministry to, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars, and render unto God that which is God’s.” Jesus was a secularist.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            No, you are wrong. The Liberals only increased the number of mental patients among mankind in the recent years. Concepts such as human rights, freedom, equality, and justice are all Christian, taken from the Holy Bible. You Westerners are just illiterate barbarians like the rest if you had no Christianity or the Holy Bible. The Old Testament Bible condemns secularists as detestable fools( Psalm 14) and Jesus confirmed it( Matthew ch.5-7). In your quote, He was just saying to pay tax and show the due respect to the ruling government, but not blind obedience to its wickedness. Jesus commanded us to live out God’s Kingdom on Earth. USA is Christian and not like the pagan Rome.

          • James Von Borcke

            “You Westerners are just illiterate barbarians like the rest if you had no Christianity or the Holy Bible.”

            It was the enlightenment, not Christian occultism, that brought us out of darkness.

            And you’re welcome.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Enlightenment is just full of porn stories and foolish humanism. The rest of the world has better stories than those. Reformation – access to the Holy Bible and the Judeo-Christian values of truth-quest – made the total difference between the Christian West and the rest. Today’s secular West is pitch dark with its anti-christian Sodomic immorality.

  • Oboehner

    Still no national news stories about the victims of illegal immigration.

  • Peter Leh

    Don;t theses terrorist know there are plenty of “bubbas” in Texas that can;t wait to “bag a muslim”?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Every terrorism is wrong, but the Western civilization must stop its
    mentally-ill blaspheming and insulting other people’s serious religions
    including Christianity. Such mockery increases only hatred and
    disrespect among the people, lowers the children’s IQ and behavior,
    endangers the life of defenseless people in many nations, and brings
    God’s wrath upon the land. The godless secular West has successfully
    tamed its liberal pseudo christian population who has no fear of God to
    start with, but not every Earthling will bow to the filthy lies of the
    Western secularism. This is nothing of freedom but just distasteful
    bullying and blasphemy. Mockers are the evil villains on earth who
    really hate peace.

    • Peter Leh

      kim one would do well to stop mixing politics with religion.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Religion is the nation’s conscience and morality. You can’t separate state from conscience.

        • Peter Leh

          but you can;t separate party politics from religion.

          dont; think you are on the side of Jesus when you involve disparaging political tripe.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Today’s secularism violates religious liberty, the foundation of the constitution. Today’s Christians must become political in order to survive.

          • James Von Borcke

            “Today’s secularism violates religious liberty, the foundation of the constitution.”

            Secularism is the foundation of the Constitution. Getting mad because your faith no longer holds a privileged position only shows why this secularism so vital to our Founding Fathers.

            (In short, that loss of privilege was the ~intended result~ of the First Amendment.)

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            The Founding fathers were ALL Christian or Christian-educated. They never imagined today’s Americans would be this morally corrupt. You Westerners have no education apart from Christianity. That’s the reason you guys are becoming a Sodom after losing Christianity.

          • James Von Borcke

            “The Founding fathers were ALL Christian or Christian-educated.”

            Keep telling yourself that. Meanwhile, maybe you should worry about whatever dung hill of a country you live, which ever it is, in and leave ours to us.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christian Americans have rescued all my home countries and my countrymen. The world greatly owes the Western Christians. I’m trying to repay the good by helping their godless ignorant descendants by retelling the truth.

          • Peter Leh

            put your trust in god. not politics

    • James Von Borcke

      “…but the Western civilization must stop its
      mentally-ill blaspheming and insulting other people’s serious religions
      including Christianity.”

      First, your ~opinion~ that blasphemy is mental illness is prejudicial.

      Second, it doesn’t matter how serious people ~think~ their religion is.

      And third, in the words of one of America’s premier Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson: “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.” Hard to tell us not to criticize religions when our nation was founded by people who criticized religion.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        No, America was founded by godly Christians in order to spread Christianity. Jefferson had no idea how Sodomic blasphemous crazy America will become in the 21st century.

        • James Von Borcke

          “No, America was founded by godly Christians in order to spread Christianity.”

          Then explain why these ‘godly Christians’ would write the No Religious Test Clause? Or the Establishment Clause? Or the Free Exercise Clause? If I were going to found a government dedicated to the spreading of Christianity, why would I make it so that ~any~ religious view can be voiced and represented?

          Consequently, my faith is that of Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Madison and Paine; five of our most important Founding Fathers. So be careful when you claim that ~their~ religion is your religion; it isn’t. Have you ever read the Jefferson Bible? Or Paine’s The Age of Reason? If you had, you’d know that these people you proclaim to be ‘godly Christians’ believed and said things that many Christians would deem blasphemous.

          In fact, did you know that when Thomas Jefferson was elected president, Christians ~buried their Bibles~ because they feared that Jefferson was going to take them away (note the interesting parallel here with the Far Right’s paranoia about President Obama coming to take their guns ~and~ their Bibles). And when George Washington, as president, was criticized for not taking Communion during Sunday mass, he ~stopped going to mass~ rather than take Communion. And Benjamin Franklin was a hedonist and scoundrel of the highest order, even belonging to an organization called The Hellfire Club (where drinking and the smoking of hemp and all manner of decadent delights were enjoyed at great lengths); one of my favorite Franklin quotes is, “Light houses are more useful than churches.” And then let’s not forget that it was John Adams who, with the ~unanimous agreement~ of the US Senate (the same senators who had just finished writing the Constitution and Bill of Rights), gave the nations of the Barbary Coast ~our~ solemn word that the United States was not a Christian nation and held no animosity with the Muslims in regards to their religious beliefs (that is, that America would not engage in another Christian Crusade).

          These are our Founding Fathers, the folks that, according to you, were ‘Godly Christians” whose intent was to spread Christianity. And yet, when we look at their words and actions, we find them ~intentionally~ doing the exact opposite at every opportunity.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Any people are better than today’s perv non-believers. Today’s baby-killing Sodomites who enslave children are the worst villain generation that ever existed on earth.

          • James Von Borcke

            If you have to demonize others to make a point, then you’ve already lost the argument.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Take the fact like a man. Stop persecuting religious people in your land.

          • James Von Borcke

            Celebrating our freedom ~from~ sectarian laws ~is not~ persecuting religious people.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Non-believers are persecuting the religious people in today’s West by trying to bend our conscience. What the oppressive atheists do is similar everywhere. America is no exception.

  • Great shooting from the police there. Pity these poor fools and their fellow travelers on their fools errand.