16
Jan
14

alas

Man killed in movie theater, for texting.

Some really excellent comments below the article, making my points for me.

We won’t even bother with the fact that the theater was still showing the previews.

Someone lost their life, the only one they get, in an argument over an annoyance, over something that really doesn’t matter. So yes, I guess we should mention — they were still showing the previews!

Even if they weren’t. . .

It’s like we’re still living in the dark ages.

A retired police officer, someone who apparently has lived 71 years of his life as an upstanding citizen; a “good guy with a gun,” lost his temper in a movie theater, took another man’s life, ruined several others, including what’s left of his own. At least we can hope for the latter. Someone suggested he could use the “stand our ground” defense. Against popcorn? Although it is Florida. . .

We’re temperamental, inconsistent, unenlightened people.

Maybe it’s time we all recognized that there is no such thing as a “good guy with a gun.” Certainly not a “good twelve-year old” with one either.

Why don’t these things happen in other countries? Or do they? What have they figured out that we can’t? Where can I go? Do I really want to live in a country where I’m afraid to signal with my horn if someone’s about to cut me off in traffic, or need to remind my daughter (before the movie starts) about doing her homework?

People who work and write in the guns and ammo “business” lose their jobs if they suggest that it might be time for a thorough and nuanced discussion of gun control laws. But if not now, when?

It’s time.

And maybe we need to bring some “heat” of our own — write or call your congressmen/women (oh how I wish there were more congresswomen) — not only ask for a thorough and nuanced discussion of gun control laws, but demand it. And threaten THEM with what really scares them — voting them out of office if they don’t see it through.

Here’s a good place to start.

If not now, when?

It’s time.

 


2 Responses to “alas”


  1. January 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This is depressing, isn’t it? The ready availability of guns would seem to too easily turn a moment of anger into a moment of tragedy.
    But on the other hand, here in Sydney people are being killed in the street by punches thrown by big men who’ve drunk too much. There’s a common factor though – men using violence to solve problems.

    • January 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      Yeah. Women would probably get really irritated about it and go home and gripe to their loved ones, to everyone’s chagrin. But nobody would die. Except maybe of boredom.


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