7/21/2012 -- FBI theater attack warning issued on May 17, 2012
Ron Paul weighs in on the Aurora shooting.
Colorado theater was a "gun free zone":
One moviegoer with a gun could have prevented the carnage.
My own take on this.
I have contacted the Stadium 14 theater in Kalispell Montana about this because I have gone to many movies there, and up until recently was always armed until they posted signs on the outside of the entries that no firearms are allowed. After this Aurora incident I wrote them to ask about their policy and have not received a reply.
It appears they are going in the opposite direction and will make it impossible for people to defend themselves against this type of attack and if they don't listen to reason I will NEVER attend their theater again. Their policy doesn't make any sense. They would disarm the very people who could almost guarantee the safety of their theater. Instead of disarming the law abiding citizens, even those who have been checked out by local sheriffs and the FBI background checks (called NICS) they should be advertising for people who have concealed carry permits to come to their theater to be interviewed previous to their attending shows. If the theater were mine, I would invite concealed carry permit holders, who have had some extra training such as having attended one of the premier firearms training courses such as Front Sight in Pahrump Nevada, to spend more time at the theater, even if it meant that I would have to offer them free admissions several times per year. I would invite them to come armed and concealed, and I would invite off duty police to come the same way.
The public and potential criminals would never know who these trained people are, or when they would be attending. That in itself would be a tremendous deterrent against any terrorist activity once it was advertised that the theater is protected by trained and armed attendees.
If they don't answer soon, not only will I stay away from their death trap theater, but I will start a crusade to keep as many people away from their theater as possible, for their own safety.
This is another straw that breaks the back of freedom. There are no laws that require a theater to make their building a so called "gun free zone", and the owners of these theaters are not thinking right about what makes their buildings safe. They can do what they want, but they should be made to realize the consequences of their policies. I for one deeply resent the fact that I have gone to all this trouble and expense of obtaining a concealed carry permit that is good in over 30 states, and have become a life member of Front Sight Firearms Training and gone through their extensive 4 day defensive handgun course, only to find that I am prevented from attending this theater and treated like some kind of potential criminal at the door.
So the ball is in your court Stadium 14 and all other Signature Theaters. What is it going to be?
Are you going to listen to the voice of reason and follow the true history of increased safety in areas that have enacted gun favorable laws like Kennesaw Georgia, where the crime rate is extremely low compared to the rest of the country, or are you going to follow the failed policies of the theater in Aurora Colorado and set your place of business up for some kind of crazy criminal to perpetrate the same senseless acts.
What makes you think that this type of person or any other criminal for that matter gives a damn about your rules not allowing firearms in your building. Or is the next step for you to frisk everyone who comes to your shows, or install a backscatter nude scanner at the door. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO ENFORCE your stupid policy? What is next for you. Don't you see that your stupid policy can't gain you a thing?
Are you going to become part and parcel of the police state in Amerika, or are you going to stand up for America with a policy that backs up our 2nd amendment rights and emphasizes freedom and safety at the same time, which is a policy that actually works throughout history to increase public safety?
On the other hand you could use logic and common sense and call out to the community and to law abiding citizens to help you protect your business and increase your safety. You could actively find the most trustworthy people in your community who would be willing to spend time protecting your premises, by just attending your shows. You could create a real working relationship with what I consider to be some of the finest people in the area who are interested in keeping our state and counties free from the kind of horror that was visited on Aurora.
If you want to ask questions, call me at 800 889 2839. If I don't hear from you very soon, I will assume that you are just another Aurora type theater and will proceed with my public opinion in your regard.
Paul Stramer 800 889 2839