How do you protect yourself?
When I logged on this morning and read about the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado in which twelve people died, my immediate reaction was sadness and then I got scared. What guarantee did I have that it wouldn’t happen to me in our local Mariner Theater, average audience size of eight?
The truth is there is no guarantee.
We, and I include myself in the forefront, trust the authorities to protect us. May I suggest that we possibly trust too much?
What about situations like this? Cops aren’t stationed at movie theaters, nor should they be. Cops aren’t stationed at many public places. But any “bad guy” with a gun could be. And how do I want to feel then?
One person said they got scared, like a deer in the headlights so they curled up in a ball and waited.
Another person said they had never been more scared than when they were all trapped in the theater together, “helpless.”
“…You never think something like this would happen,” said another.
From what I understand of Colorado law, possessing a handgun is legal in a place of business. I’m not sure if it was legal in this particular movie theater, but if anyone last night had had a gun, they probably would not have felt like a deer in the headlights or helpless. And maybe there would be less good people dead.
So, I’m putting “purchase a handgun and learn how to shoot” at the top of my to do list.
What do you think?