If you’ve ever wondered why these articles are so randomly posted, you can count on that for two reasons: A.I don’t get paid to do this (which sucks) and B. it’s not everyday that I post so what I write, I mean. That being said, working security at a movie theater is kind of a weird place to work after a shooting in a movie theater.
Not for me so much as it is for customers. Some of the questions we get range from casual comments to people with eyes wide asking “What precautions are you taking to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” That’s actually come up more than once. One customer claimed if we weren’t getting metal detectors, they weren’t coming back again. I’m not sure if that person understands how expensive material items are, as well as the crime itself. I didn’t want to post anything about the shooting with this being a more humorous site and all, but this Joker wannabe/bug-eyed jackass has turned the theater into a place of debate in many aspects.
Let me first off throw out something that anybody can agree with. This is a terrible thing that happened. On par with the Virginia Tech shooting in ’09 or Columbine in ’99, what the families of the victims will have to deal with is the worst part of all this. They’re the most affected by all this and will have to deal with the consequences of this idiot’s action long after you and I have been able to just go on with our lives. I hate this for them.
Secondly, the media needs to stop giving lame-ass any attention. Just look at him-
He looks like Carrot Top’s reject little brother. Everybody that’s paying attention to him is giving him exactly what he wants because he didn’t feel he had enough of it before. That’s the only reason a person would do something so violent and stupid and not even kill himself. Serial killers often hope that they get caught when they’re getting away with murder for so long because they want the attention and not just the “thrill of the hunt.” Let the families of the deceased/victims find out about why this guy if they want to know, but other than that, we can leave him alone. We’ve seen this before: guy shoots people for no reason, says crazy things, wants to be declared insane. When the truth comes out, he’ll have no real motive behind it other than to get attention. All this situation is to the news, is fuel for political parties’ own agendas; from Fox News’ “This is why we need guns!” to Michael “The Hutt” Moore saying this is our own societies’ fault, more gun control. This is not political in any way, this is a tragedy to be gotten over, not a tool. Does anybody care about Michael Moore anyway? Blech.
And lastly, I’m told about the possible lasting effect this will have on the movies. Supposedly, this is hurting box office numbers. Apparently not too bad because Dark Knight Rises made $250 million. Yet they say because of the shooting, there was talk of taking the movie out for a bit, the upcoming movie Gangster Squad having to re-shoot a movie theater shooting, and people all around feeling the movie’s just aren’t safe anymore. When were the movies ever safe? I get sick to my stomach when I hear about some gang of thug-lites beating up some guy and his wife for getting them kicked out of the movies for talking. There’s so many stories of crimes going on at the theater when you start to read them all around the same time, it would make you want to stay at your house forever. It’s also reason to take my job more seriously. Sidenote: none of those things listed above were things that happened where I work, respectively.
But ultimately, it needs to be understood that what happened can happen anywhere. Nobody stopped going to school because people shot them up. After 9/11, people still had to go to work. Your life will keep going on. If somebody really wants to kill people, they’ll do it, but you can only prepare for so much. After the Columbine shootings, we can only have clear/mesh backpacks. I remember being in 7th grade and seeing a kid’s bag so stuffed with clothes, anything could have been underneath them. I thought “If he wanted to, he could still have a gun in there!” I think the same way now. Metal detectors at the entrance door ain’t gonna do too much if the guy went to the exit door to where his car was parked to get his guns. “Dang, I was going to shoot this place up, but these metal detectors are here. I’ll carry out this master plan somewhere else.” It seems as though it just now hitting some people that you could die at any moment.
You can keep going with your life, or you can live in fear. I hate the idea of getting to serious on here, but it seems too serious to not mention. Even still, if there’s something at the theater this weekend you want to see, go watch it and don’t worry about all the bad things that could happen. It’s life. Enjoy your movie.