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Outrage After The Onion ‘Reports’ Gunfire & Hostage Situation Involving Kids on Capitol Hill


“This is satire. That’s how it works."

The Onion created this photoshopped image of Representative John Boehner (R - OH) holding a gun to a little girl's head. (Image: The Onion)

DC resident -- and others --are none too happy about The Onion's satirical tweets (as first seen on the blog) about gunfire in the U.S. Capitol building today, which has caused some to question if the fake news site has gone too far:

The Washington Post blog reported that this tweet, naturally, caused alarm, especially for those inside the Capitol:

The Capitol police issued a statement saying The Onion's claims were indeed false. And others did not find the satire tasteful:

With quite a few Twitter hacks in past months, including NBC News and Fox News, the Washington Post confirmed with The Onion this was not in fact a hack:

“This is satire. That’s how it works."

Trying to hammer the humor home, The Onion has continued to tweet about the "situation" and posted the story about Congress taking over schoolchildren on its website:

It also developed a movie in which one of the "gunman" says, "Hey, Boehner, this kid's got a phone" before the sounding of a gunshot:

What do you think? Satire or shocking?

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