Two Active-Duty Marines Under Investigation For Threatening To Shoot Up Gay Bars Following Orlando Attacks

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This is horrifying.

Two active-duty U.S. Marines are under investigation by the government after allegedly making a social media post (pictured, above) threatening to attack gay bars in the week after last Sunday’s horrific attacks in Orlando.

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California-based I Marine Expeditionary Force has launched an investigation after a photo from Snapchat surfaced on a Facebook group for male Marines and spread throughout the social network.

The photo was apparently posted alongside the message “Too soon?”, so obviously a very, very unfunny and disgusting attempt at humor at the very least — or something far more sinister.

First Lt. Thomas Gray, a spokesman for the investigation, told the media that the group has identified the Marine in the picture, as well as the one who posted it on Facebook, but was mum beyond that:

“We cannot discuss details of an ongoing investigation, but I can tell you the command is taking this incident seriously.”

The Marine group also released a full statement about the incident (below):

“The Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion … This type of behavior and mindset will not be allowed, and it is not consistent with the core values of honor, courage and commitment that are demonstrated by the vast majority of Marines on a daily basis.”

Michael Moss, the man behind the Marines Facebook group in question, claims that he immediately banned the person and deleted the post as soon as it was reported to him, writing on the social network:

“We do not tolerate hate speech.”

Well good for that.

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Let’s hope the Marines agree with Moss’ take, and they hold appropriate action against the man or men responsible for this disgusting, pathetic anti-gay stance.

[Image via Snapchat.]

Jun 18, 2016 2:04pm PDT

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