Scoot: Should everyone be allowed to carry guns?
Will gun rights advocates denounce retired cop shooting man over cell phone argument?
Contrary to the belief of some Americans – not everyone should be armed and not everyone should be carrying a gun with them wherever they go – not even retired police officers!
The news story about a 71-year-old retired Tampa police officer who has been charged with 2nd degree murder following an argument over texting at a movie theater is attracting national attention. And why not? The story seems to prove that not everyone should be armed and carrying a firearm wherever they go in public.
Police say that 71-year-old Curtis Reeves got into an argument over 45-year-old Chad Oulson’s texting while watching the movie, “Lone Survivor” at a theater near Tampa, FL. Police report that when Oulson refused to stop texting a confrontation escalated and Reeves summoned a staff member from the theater. With about 10 people watching, Reeves shot Oulson, who died later in the hospital. Oulson’s wife, Nicole, was slightly injured when she tried to protect her husband.
The 71-year-old retired cop claims that he was the victim. An attorney for Reeves said that he had a right to defend himself when Oulson, portrayed as the aggressor, threw an unknown object at him, which was identified as popcorn.
A man who was waiting to go into the movie with his son said that the object thrown was, indeed, popcorn. He said that he was shocked that someone would have a gun with them at a movie theater. The witness said that Oulson fell on him and his son when he was shot and blood was coming out of his mouth and ended up on their clothes.
This is one of those freak incidents that will give ammunition to both sides of the gun control debate. First of all, what current or proposed gun laws would have prevented this tragedy? I do not understand how any gun control laws would have had an impact on the type of person who feels the need to be armed all the time – even while going to a movie. And what leads to someone feeling this need to be armed while attending a movie?
Sadly, there are many Americans who are gun-happy and they are not criminals until they allow their overzealous attitudes about guns to hijack their rational thinking.
Where is the NRA and where are the gun-rights advocates when it comes to stupidity among those who promote carrying weapons everywhere? This is a fact – if 71-year-old Curtis Reeves did not take a gun into the movie theater with him, then 45-year-old Chad Oulson would not be dead and his wife and other innocent bystanders would not have witnessed a horrific shooting at a movie theater! Reeves used a gun to protect himself against popcorn??? I’d like to think that retire cops are tough enough to deal with popcorn being thrown at them. If not, then there should be some reconsideration of the training of police officers.
This mentality is not reserved for retired police officers. The real question is – would the 71-year-old retired cop have gotten into a heated confrontation with the younger 45-year-old man if he didn’t have a gun? I doubt it.
The Second Amendment protects our rights to bear arms for protection – not to bear arms for the purpose of giving us confidence that we would not otherwise have if we didn’t have a gun. Gun rights advocates should denounce this use of a gun to gain credibility on their side of the gun-control debate. Silence equals hypocrisy.
And if anyone felt like they needed a gun to go to a local movie theater – why would they even go?