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Aurora shooting victims were disarmed

Posted by Richard on July 20, 2012

Commenting on the mass murder in Aurora, CO, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert asked, “…  with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying that could’ve stopped this guy more quickly?”

No, there wasn’t. Because the Cinemark Century 16 theater has “no firearms” signs posted, so the honest, decent people who might otherwise be carrying a weapon left theirs at home or in the car. Cinemark reportedly aggressively enforces a “no firearms” policy at all its theaters.

Criminals, terrorists, and madmen of course aren’t deterred by “no firearms” signs. That’s why mass killings almost always take place in “gun-free zones.” Mass murderers may be crazy but they aren’t stupid — they seek out unarmed victims.

In places that are not “gun-free zones,” like the Palms Internet Café in Orlando, FL, would-be robbers or killers risk having their activities interrupted by an armed good guy. WOFL FOX 35 reported (and has the must-see surveillance camera video):

Two men who deputies say tried to rob a Marion County Internet café were both shot by one of the patrons.

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Friday at the Palms Internet Café located at 8444 SW State Road 200.

When Marion County deputies arrived they found patrons outside the business who told them that two men in masks – one armed with a baseball bat and the other with a handgun – barged into the business. The robbers told the approximately 30 patrons to get on the floor, and they demanded money.

Investigators say Samuel Williams, one of the customers, pulled out his own handgun and shot the robbers. Both robbers began running toward the front door, and the patron fired several more shots as they fled.

Mr. Williams, the hero, is 71.

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One Response to “Aurora shooting victims were disarmed”

  1. Rick Shultz said

    I hope I’m not out of line in suggesting thi,s but is there anything wrong with simply boycotting these places until they see the error of running gigantic shooting galleries and do something about it one way or another? I would personally prefer that they not turn what could still be an enjoyable and safe evening into something like going through airport security. And I don’t think that it’s really necessary that they do that. Anyone I know who has a permit will tell you that the one thing the safety instructors will drum into you is
    situational awareness. I’d like to think that no one who has listened during the class would actually get up and try to take a shot at somebody in a dark, crowded movie theatre from 30 to 50 feet away with the air full of smoke and the whole place full of running screaming people. Of course I’ve been wrong before and I could be wrong about this, but I don’t think so. I DO think it’s worth trying
    until and UNLESS someone proves me wrong and we do end up with metal
    detectors and,God forbid, the entertainment industry equivalent of
    the TSA.

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