UPDATE: It has been confirmed that three Airmen were among the ten killed in this attack. Additionally, the number of people confirmed shot has jumped to 71. The media is going all-in to make this a political statement with ABC News blaming the Tea Party, CNN calling for gun control, and Bloomberg again spewing his hatred of guns.
First and foremost, my prayers and thoughts go out to those affected and their families. Additionally, my thoughts go out to those who were completely unharmed, but unfortunately had to watch what transpired. For many in that theater in Colorado, they may never be able to step foot in another dark movie theater.
Post Traumatic Stress is not confined within the military. Having to witness a shooting like this and the carnage that followed can weigh heavily on a person’s mind. I hope the community understands this and reaches out to these patrons.
While reading all the stories associated with this incident, a single thought continues to roll around in my head. How does a sold-out theater not have a single person with a concealed pistol on their person to stop this madness? How did James Holmes, a man with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, kill 12 people and injure more than 50 without so much as a single person stepping up to stop him? Since I have no doubt this issue will be turned into a case for or against gun control, I wanted to cover this subject.
The Colorado State Constitution states that “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”
In other words, individuals have the right to open and concealed carry in the state, but localities may pass laws on how and where to carry. This is where things get foreboding.
Aurora completely outlawed the carrying of concealed pistols, which they deem as “dangerous weapons.” The city also makes it a crime to have a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Neighbor Denver is much worse and no doubt some of the people in that theater were technically from Denver. The Chief of Police is the approval authority for permits and citizens must prove a need to get one. My friends in Denver tell me that “personal protection” is not a good enough excuse unless the person has a legitimate fear for his life. It is unlawful to carry a weapon openly or concealed in the city.
So, even though Colorado’s constitution specifically authorizes its citizens to carry openly, the preemption clause for concealed carry and the lawsuit Denver won made it possible for this shooter to kill indiscriminately without challenge.
Reports are also coming in that several Airmen were among those injured during the shooting. Troops specifically trained in the proper handling and use of firearms are prevented from defending themselves and these “domestic enemies.”
The more Cities, States, and our Federal government pass laws that prevent its citizens to carry firearms for personal defense, the more of these mass casualty events we’re going to have.
I recently read a story on WND News about a “knockout game” in St. Louis in which black mobs target whites and Asians. The goal is to “punch that person in the face as hard as you can. You win if you score a Knockout. If not, keep punching until your arms and legs get too tired to continue. Or the person dies.” St. Louis also prevents its citizens from carrying weapons to protect themselves. Chicago has perhaps the most strict gun control laws in the country while Phoenix has some of the most open. However, Chicago’s murder rate is 12 times higher than Phoenix.
I’m just finishing up a seven state vacation. I closely researched the gun laws everywhere we were going to make sure that I carried in accordance with each state. I visited Colorado, but cut west just south of Denver for this very reason. We were carrying several weapons as I usually do when I go on vacation. It’s no secret that vehicles from other states are targeted by criminals assuming they are vacationers and carrying larger than normal quantities of cash. Of course, I also have a Texas license plate and any criminal with sense knows you don’t mess with Texas.
What I’m trying to say is that I’ve both openly and concealed carried (I’m licensed) this entire trip. Not once did I have to shoot anyone nor did the presence of my weapon cause issues. People who are lawfully permitted to carry weapons don’t typically commit crimes. If you ask me, the families of the victims and the victims themselves have a legal case against the cities of Aurora and Denver and should sue to have their rights restored to them. This type of evil is senseless, as the President remarked in Florida at a campaign event in Florida this morning. And it could have possibly been better had just one citizen been permitted to exercise his God-given rights to self preservation.
Please pray for these victims, their families and their neighbors. They will need it.