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  •  Let me ask the Diarist a few questions..... (2+ / 0-)
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    8days2amish, Glen The Plumber

    The shooter was waiting for his son to arrive at the movie theater.

    Had the son used a flashlight, or worse, whispered, "Dad?", would another patron be justified in going to the manager to report the transgression that is also part of the message in the pre-movie trailers?

    Do ya' get it - the shooter knew that his son was going to be violating one of those policies that annoys us all as well - arriving AFTER the movie began.  Maybe he should have shot his own son for being inconsiderate.

    I'll add, if the movie theater was crowded, would a manger be violating the policies of the pre-movie trailers if he had used a flashlight to help any patron locate a seat?  Should the manager be shot for doing his job?

    Moreover, had a person stood up and been critical of the son entering the movie theater, would the son, an active duty police officer, been justified in shooting the patron who was bothered by the use of a flashlight or a whisper?  Would the father be justified in shooting the patron who was critical to his son for fear of it being a threatening act?

    Frankly, the Diarist even having second thoughts about the justification for using a gun in response to popcorn is indicative of a culture of violence that begets a culture of death by gun.

    Lastly, describing the shooter as now being remorseful is a joke, right?

    Every account I've read from witnesses indicates the man returned to his seat and was quite agitated.  He was itching for an altercation.

    And there are additional accounts of the same fella' following a woman to the restroom just a few weeks ago for the sames transgression - using her cellphone BEFORE the movie began.  We know it was before the movie began, because why else would he have ruined the movie for himself by exiting the theater.

    The shooter was and is a loose cannon and he went off.  The judge has not offered the shooter bail.  She too recognizes the guy is a loose cannon and should not be allowed in public.  After all, should you or I bump into him - he may just unload his weapon for fear that either of us were threatening.

    •  I wonder if they let him... (3+ / 0-)

      ...text his son to let him know that their meeting location was changed from the theater to the jailhouse.

      I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

      by itsjim on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 11:58:35 AM PST

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    •  joking, yes (0+ / 0-)

      Those are all good points, FRtB. The whole situation is tragic. I get mad at people, too, for those petty transgressions. I guess the difference is many of us don't carry guns in case we snap.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment -- and that goes for all of you!

      •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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        Glen The Plumber

        Discussing tragedy is never easy.

        I have a four y.o child, but it took my wife & I two years before we were comfortable leaving her with a baby sitter.

        Image being a parent taking a moment to check in on your child before the movie begins and getting shot because you were trying to be a responsible parent.

        The culture of guns fomented by the NRA has returned our society to the days of the wild west.  Then again, even in the wild west, guns had to be left with the local constable.

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