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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Last Picture Show

Garbage. All I've been thinking about
all week is garbage.
I mean, I just can't stop thinking about it. 
--Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

 There's a dark and a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too 
--Keep on the Sunny Side, The Whites

you’ve got to ask yourself one question:
"Do I feel lucky?"
Well, do ya, punk? 
--Dirty Harry (1971)

The liberal New York press had a heyday deriding Florida's most recent unnecessary shooting at a theater in Wesley Chapel, a town with a name that sounds like a sanctuary. How soon they forget their own subway vigilante, Berrnard Goetz (found guilty after shooting four black teens for attempting to mug him, was found guilty of only one charge -- carrying an unlicensed firearm.)

The latest absurd shooting was committed by a retired police captain against a fellow moviegoer who did not cease from texting upon his request that he do so. There are so many aspects to this tragic event which could have headed it off at the pass.

The film was "The Lone Survivor", about a violent engagement that took place in Afghanistan in 2005 (Operation Red Wings.) What is the audience for such a film? Not that films are going to become gentle morality tales anytime soon, but perhaps violence breeds violence?

Despite Luttrell's denial, movies like "The Lone Survivor" apotheosize the fighter and romanticize the fight. Survivor Luttrell was telling a tale of standing one's ground, even when that ground is not exactly one's own.

It can be confusing to differentiate the good kind of standing one's ground from the bad (unnecessary) kind. The book/film depicts an ultimately failed attempt to stand one's ground, and a thoughtful viewer might wonder if surrender might be a better choice than fighting when one is outgunned and out-manned. But surrenders don't make glamorous movies, do they.

Films like this entrench the "Us-versus-Them" mentality.
Hence, the guy texting and throwing popcorn is operating outside of the rules, and a larger threat is required to subdue him. So effectively has our society conflated the Unreal Reality Show mindset with real life that many may find it hard to differentiate the rules which bind us a participant in a society versus being a participant in a "reality" construct of it, as in film or video games. We now accept violence as a viable reaction to any irritating situation.

Further, what is the wisdom behind allowing older retired cops to carry a firearm, carte blanche? Retired police should have to pass the same licensure as any other citizen. The 71-year-old retired police captain who fired the shot showed he was not in control of his emotions.

As in Terror incidents, the shooter threw off indicators of his instability weeks earlier when he went off on another texter in the same theater. Why didn't the theater management alert the local police of the initial incident, and why was the perpetrator not identified on his next trip to the theater? There should be an armed guard in movie houses, as there is a sky marshal on air flights. In addition, ushers should patrol the aisles (as in the past), to report any nascent or evolving incidents.

These, and more, are questions we must ask as society before the next movie shootout in the aisles.

We will address related issues next. The retired police Captain was not Adam Lanza, nor was his victim, an Afghan veteran. Our society has a problem, and the shootings are evidence of that.

Forgetting the coldness in the statement, but the number of casualties resulting from movie theater killings pales in comparison to say, annual deaths by auto accident or medical mistakes, but still: One goes to the theater as respite and refuge. It should NOT be a threat environment.

So what gives?

--Jim and Lisa

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Blogger no one said...

Nothing new. John Wesley Hardin - so mean he once shot a man just for snoring too loud.


Note that he also shot a man on Jan. 20, 1870 during an argument at a circus.

Now the real question is, if you took away Hardin's - and the Florida retired cop's - guns, would they still kill. In Hardin's case, he was just as deadly with a knife as a gun and just as ready to use it too.

Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Brooklyn Red Leg said...

Yea, this one has the Progressive Intelligentsia wrapped in a tizzy because the shooter was an ex-cop. Supposedly the ONLY folks allowed to carry firearms in their version of reality are Cops and Soldiers. It begs the question of if the morons pushing this inane fantasy have even bothered to observe the growing Military-Police State in this nation.

One has to wonder just how warped they have to be to make excuses that regular citizens cannot be trusted with firearms...yet a class of 'greater citizens' who have a significant history of abusing power should be the only ones to carry. It would be comical if I wasn't living in under this very scenario.

Anyway, its all pissing in the wind. 3D Printing and garage-made firearms will become the norm if they manage to get their way and disarm folks. And I can tell you from the rumblings I read, a number of those homemade guns (maybe even the majority) will be fully functional automatic rifles and/or SMG's. Woe betide the foolish Security-State Operatives who do a dynamic entry on the wrong door at 2AM in the morning.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:18:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

I never advocate violence in response to gov't over reach, nor do i believe that any belt fed MG will do me any good if Seal tm 6 comes to make a house call. Hell they have missiles tested and perfected to fly right up our butts before exploding.
I have my own program. I do not use cell phones or social sites and have no computer connections nor cable tv in my home.
I'm working on a essay about rugged individualism that u may want to read.
thanks for commenting.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Only cigarettes, cars and rib-eyes kill more Americans than guns.

But, can't do anything about oh well!!! Besides the Mall murders last weekend we also had this wonderful episode of SYG

In West Virginia, a Second Amendment Hero saw two black men behind his home, retrieved his firearm, and from a comfortable distance, pointed the barrel out his window and shot them each to death.

The initial story broke that these were two interlopers who violated his land and were breaking into his shed. Except, it turns out the the two murdered men, Carl and Garrick Hopkins, were on property they had purchased, the shed did not belong to the killer and there was no property belonging to the murderer inside the shed.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:56:00 PM GMT-5  

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