Friday, July 20, 2012

This is why I go to the movies, and everywhere else, armed.

"The lambs.  The lambs were screaming."

 At least 12 people have been killed and up to 50 injured after a mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at a suburban Denver movie theater, police say.

The suspect, identified by federal law enforcement officials as James Holmes, 24, is in police custody. KUSA reports that Holmes kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some type of a smoke bomb and began shooting when moviegoers started to run.

Look, bad shit happens every single day to people who don't deserve it.  That's life.  You have a recognized right to purchase, train with, and carry a firearm upon your person in most states.  In most of them it's just a matter of filling out a little paper work.  It may not save you or anyone else, but it beats running from bullets or hiding on the floor, or screaming like a lamb brought to slaughter.

Good guys out number bad guys in this country.  If they didn't we'd look a lot more like Somalia.  We need more armed and prepared good guys who are willing to combat those bad guys.  The quickest end to a mass shooting is an armed good guy Mozambiqueing the son of bitch.

 "But he had armor!"  Then why didn't he shoot it out with police?  And so what?  Head or pelvic shots.  It was probably just a plate carrier with no plates.  

Buy a gun, I recommend a Glock 19.  Learn how to use it.  Start thinking about what you'd do if bad shit happened as you go through your daily life.  Let it be a little mental agility exercise.  Carry your gun, and keep your eyes open.

Think you don't need to?  Think the police will protect you?  The police were there, but they weren't right there.  I'm betting every single one of them is wishing they had been, but they're no omniscient and they can't be everywhere.

You have to be your own first responder, because you'll ALWAYS be the first one there if something like this happens to you.  

I find it telling, once again, that another mass shooter surrendered when confronted by other people with guns.  These people are cowards at heart and when confronted by others who will kill them generally surrender or commit suicide.

I had planned to go see this movie today.  I'll be keeping those plans, and doing so with my pistol riding on my hip as always.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are pretty much spot on - with the minor exception of acquiring the needed license/permit to be able to carry LEGALLY - which most of us opt for vice carrying illegally (hey that would make us criminals by definition). In most states that process can be very time consuming and potentially very expensive - when you factor in $$$ to acquire a gun, carrying gear (holsters or whatever) ammo, training time, class attendance, licensing fees etc. Those of us who do choose to do so are willing to bear that burden, not to mention the inconvenience (what to wear, how to carry, weight, keeping the gun properly concealed etc etc) because we believe that our life and that of family/friends is worth the costs.

The Packetman said...

Robert,

To those who would counter that the shooter had body armor, I would point out that a fired bullet carries significant energy, energy that the shootee has to absorb.

Multiple hits with a 9mm will present quite a problem for anyone trying to raise a ruckus ... even if he does have on armor.

RobertM said...

Anon, good point. Though I think the cost is very minor. A gun should last a lifetime, and many states have lifetime permitting. Training is expensive, but what you really need is training in the fundamentals.

RobertM said...

Packetman, my thoughts exactly.

Old NFO said...

Yep, gun free zone, except for the perp...

RobertM said...

NFO, but of course. Thankfully my movie theater isn't.