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US Army base issue warnings of gun violence in Joker screenings



Law enforcement agencies discovered 'disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web' (Picture: WB)

A US Army base in Oklahoma has issued a warning to military commanders over the potential threat of violence during screenings of Joker.

The memo, from US Army Base at Fort Sill Oklahoma, was shared by users on a popular Air Force Facebook page and revealed that a bulletin posted by the Texas Joint Crime Information Center – working alongside the FBI – had discovered 'disturbing and very specific chatter in the dark web 'about the possible targeting for a mass shooting.

'Commanders need to be aware of this threat for Soldier and family safety and to increase situational awareness should they choose to attend the release of this movie,' the memo read.

It was later removed from Facebook.

The command, known as CID, confirmed the existence of the memo to American military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

'Out of an abundance of caution, our Fort Sill office distributed the memo to internal military personnel at Fort Sill,' said CID spokesman Christopher Gray.

There was no specific location mentioned in the memo.

There was no specific location mentioned in the memo (Picture: WB)

The new Joaquin Phoenix movie, Joker, is facing widespread criticism for its portrayal of a sympathetic outcast who turns to gun violence in the face of his perceived loneliness.

Families of the victims who died in 2012 in Aurora, Colorado after a gunman open fired at the local cinema during a showing of the Batman film, Dark Knight Rises, penned an open letter to Warner Bros calling them to take action against gun violence.

The note was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, and shows the group asking the studio to donate to a number of charities that aid survivors of gun violence.

It reads: ’[The Aurora shooting], perpetrated by a socially isolated individual who felt "wronged" by society, has changed the course of our lives.

’When we learned that Warner Bros. was releasing a movie called Joker that presents the character as a protagonist with a sympathetic origin story, it gave us pause. ’

Further on, they stated: ’We want to be clear that we support your right to free speech and free expression.

’But as anybody who has seen a comic book movie can tell you: with great power comes great responsibility.

’That’s why we’re calling on you to use your massive platform and influence to join us in our fight to build safer communities … keeping everyone safe should be a top corporate priority for Warner Brothers.’

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In response, WB said in a statement that 'gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all victims and families impacted by these tragedies'.

They added: '' Our company has a long history of donating to victims of violence, including Aurora, and in recent weeks, our parent company joined other business leaders to call on policymakers to enact bi-partisan legislation to address this epidemic. '

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