UA Management is under the delusion that their "Mickey Mouse Resolution" will keep their theatres "gun free": how so? I see no metal detectors or screeners! How can they guarantee their theatres will be safe places?
The answer is "they can't!" Any determined shooter(s), either Virginia Tech style, or Jihad Mumbai style, have easy access!
But screening all the patrons through metal detectors like an airport will be too inconvenient and expensive, management will say. And they're right! So let me propose a solution by making the following change to the resolution:
"No firearms on the premises EXCEPT for those who hold valid conceal carry permits!" This does a couple of things:
· Potential shooters don't like the possibility of return fire. With this policy in place, the shooters will pick another venue.
· Law Abiding citizens that have been screened and trained to be Conceal Carry Permit holders are never the problem: they are part of the solution as has been demonstrated time and time again. (Incidents of which are purposefully ignored by the pro-gun control media).
Another common objection is "Oh, this is a police function! Let them do their job!" But consider these facts:
· In some cities, the queue to answer the 911 call line is as long as 30 minutes. It may take an additional 45 minutes before the SWAT team can deploy to the scene.
· Any shooter(s) will have a semiautomatic pistol(s) and a duffel filled with loaded magazines. How many rounds could a shooter(s) expend in an hour? I know it's possible to expend 16 rounds, release the empty magazine, slam a fresh one in place, rack the slide and be ready to resume shooting in less than 20 seconds. Quite a few cowering and weeping teen age girls could be struck with .40 caliber copper-clad full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets before any Law Enforcement could arrive.
· Of course the "peace at any price" secularists and clergy prefer to hold candle light vigils and funerals for grief-stricken families rather than take common-sense steps that would save lives. After all, we don't want to be "insensitive" or "intolerant", right?