Guns at the Movies, Civil Liberty or Disaster waiting to happen.

Guns at the Movies, Civil Liberty or Disaster waiting to happen.

After the events in Aurora Colorado people have taken to bringing handguns with them to the movies. Is this a deterrent and show of Civil Liberties or is it a disaster waiting to happen?

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By CPBuff22 - 8/1/2012



Since James Holmes killed 12 people and wounding 58 others during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" people have been nervous about going to theaters. Add to this violence the fact that there have been multiple robberies at Midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises in Mexico as well as people causing panic in crowed theaters by yelling things out during the movies and one has to ask if you need to protect yourself when going to the movies.

Well this is a question that has been brought up a lot in the media as of recent.

The Denver Post reports that James G. Mapes was arrested at a Thornton, Colo. movie theater for wearing a holstered weapon on Sunday night. Thornton is 25 minutes from Aurora, Colo.

"I was a threat to no one," Mapes told the Post. "I didn't threaten anybody."

Mapes said he has a concealed-weapon permit. He was arrested after someone told police Mapes had a handgun in the movie theater.

"We are an open-carry state," Thornton police spokesman Matt Barnes said. "We look at the open-carry law and how it relates to this incident. He felt he was exercising his right to bear arms in an open-carry state, and we are currently reviewing that with our prosecutors."

This arrest comes on the heels of WSMV's story about three people who allegedly brought guns into a movie theater Friday night during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Cookville, Tenn.

The question that now lies with us is allowing common citizens who have permits to carry concealed firearms to do so possibly a deterrent? Or is it possible that just the sight of a gun in a movie theater is going to cause a panic that could cause people to become hurt?

This is the debate now raging in the United States and abroad. I personally am curious to see what the CBM community thinks about this topic. We have seen a few people voice their opinions more on the matter of defending The Dark Knight Rises, but lets step past that and focus on the larger picture. Weigh in with your thoughts below.
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BarnaclePete - 8/1/2012, 10:23 AM
More people with guns = more problems.

This will all die down soon enough. Over worried people in theaters are just as bad as some moron making stupid comments during a movie. Also, I'm sure things like this have been happening before, just that the spotlight is on it now after what happened.
Advocate - 8/1/2012, 11:14 AM
"No guns, no killing" ...ever. The fact that "good" people are arming themselves with protection (possibly for others as well), and people are reacting in a frightened way, just shows how much they don't help.

If you want to do some good, teach others the value of non-violence, practice what you preach, and then set forth to do something about it like amending local gun laws and access, licensing, obtainment, etc.
mawilli4 - 8/1/2012, 12:05 PM
how about we stop this all from happening by giving people who want to buy guns a psychiatric test?
not because gun owners are crazy, but so that the crazy people, like Holmes, cannot get guns.
yes, criminals still will be able to get guns, but people like Holmes wouldn't know who to get an illegal weapon from.
Advocate - 8/1/2012, 12:53 PM
@mawilli4 and @SotoJuiceMan Sounds like the two of you are assuming one can't possibly have criminal intent post-gun purchasing.

Point is gun laws, however strict, aren't the only means criminals have of obtaining firepower. Theft, illegal dealing, and psychotic breaks are enough to warrant gun control obsolete due to the gun constantly posing a danger to anyone and everyone.
Tainted87 - 8/1/2012, 1:33 PM


Don't let this become a reality... again.

Why do you need a gun? Do you hunt? Do you have no other means of getting food? If I bought a gun, shot a neighbor's cat, and cooked it, would you consider me a psycho?
CPBuff22 - 8/1/2012, 5:02 PM
@mawilli4 I'd agree with that. My question becomes if we put more limitations on legally owning and carrying a hand gun, does that lead to more illegal hand guns sold?

We don't want to put more money into gun runners pockets because most criminals get their guns illegally. Plus the Police shouldn't be kept busy tracking down illegal guns that a home owner purchased to put in the bedside stand. because they couldn't legally obtain one.

I am in the situation where I honestly see both sides of this argument.
BarnaclePete - 8/1/2012, 7:15 PM
@CPBuff22 . . I can understand why someone would want a hand gun in their home for protection. I don't want one, but if someone had one I get it. I think the issue is automatic weapons. There is no good reason for someone to own one of these weapons. They are nt designed for protection. They are made to kill a lot of people very quickly. These are what should be banned again. Yes there will still be Nes sold illegally, but that is just a defeatist attitude to just give up because someone could get me off the street.

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