Anime Los Angeles Ended Safely Despite Gun Violence Threat

Anime Los Angeles is a popular medium-sized convention that held it’s 14th annual convention from January 25-28, 2018. It had all the good things that every convention needs – an inspired artists alley, fun cosplayers, and excited fans.

 

The convention stands out from others with a fun ribbon collection tradition that allows fans to showcase their creativity and meet other fans.

 

These creative convention attendees were alarmed when a 4chan post on Sunday morning threatened them.

4 Chan Anime Los Angelos

 

The post stated they would make things look worse than Phoenix Con, which is the con where an attendee aimed to kill the Green Ranger: Jason David Frank. The attendee made it inside the convention hall with a 12-gauge shotgun, a .454-caliber handgun, combat knife, pepper spray, two 45-caliber handguns, and throwing stars.

Anime Los Angelos attendees were, of course, concerned about the posting. Two cosplayers were also making people uncomfortable.

https://twitter.com/Jody_Houser/status/957701258298605569

 

Fortunately, the final day of the convention passed safely with an elevated police presence at the convention and many, many ribbons.

 

It’s not clear at this time if the online posting was a serious threat or a 4chan joke. Either way, threats like these are reasons why anime conventions (especially larger ones) are adopting stronger weapons policies, mandatory bag checks, and are hiring extra security to monitor exits and entrances.

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Nate Lou
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