Even More True Now

July 20th, 2012at 05:54pm Posted by Eli

So, in addition to somehow connecting the tragic movie theater shooting to “the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” (really???), Tea Party Genius Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is also frustrated that there weren’t more guns at the Century 16:

It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?

Yes, what a shame.  Because a whole bunch of people with guns in a panicky darkened movie theater surely would have improved the situation.

This is what I wrote after the VA Tech shootings over five years ago, and it’s still true:

More likely they’d be so amped up with fear and adrenaline and macho that they’d get themselves killed trying to be the hero, or shoot some innocent bystander because they “thought he had a gun,” or because he fit some rumored description of the shooter, or maybe because he was another wannabe hero shooting at an innocent bystander.  Tragedy Plus Guns does not actually equal Less Tragedy.

This is a window into the right wing’s juvenile fantasy world, where they like to imagine themselves in the role of the Courageous American Hero who saves the day.  But, of course that would be dangerous, so the next best thing is to try to create the conditions for such heroism, so that they may bask in its reflected glory (See Also: How We Got Into Operation Iraqi Fuckup).  Enabling the hero is almost as good as being the hero, and a lot safer!

It’s okay to fantasize about being a hero who wins the game or saves the day, but just because you see those scenarios play out in the movies and on TV, real life is much more chaotic and confusing, especially when you’re in a dark, crowded space full of tear gas.  And even if some would-be hero in the audience does get lucky, the shooter is probably still going to kill a few people before he gets taken down.  So instead of trying to create some kind of hit-or-miss self-correcting Wild West system, wouldn’t it be better to just make it harder for people – especially dangerously disturbed people – get guns in the first place?

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