Saturday, July 21, 2012

Theater Security Theater

Maybe James Holmes hoped Hollywood would, ironically, make a movie about him and perhaps one day it will once they get some backing, an insurance bond and a decent treatment from a screenwriter. Someone's bound to write a book about it. No doubt, publishers and equally opportunistic literary agents are already licking their chops and rubbing their hands.

Who knows what Holmes' motivation was and who of any consequence should care to which political party or ideology he'd attached himself? Bloggers and pundits on both sides will always find the spiritual and mental fortitude to stop thinking about the 70 victims and their families as they scour the internet for any evidence whatsoever, circumstantial or otherwise, that will finally reveal his political party. And the mudslinging and deadcatting in this contentious election year will commence over the weekend while no real substantive and sustained dialogue on gun control will result from this latest gun massacre.

The New York Times will do what the mainstream media typically does and give house room to morons like Louis Gohmert and Luke O'Dell of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (whoever he or that is) and quoting them as if they have a valid alternative to the gun control crisis in this country. Unchallenged quotes such as this gem from O'Dell, who's on the same exact page, chapter and verse, with Gohmert:
“Potentially, if there had been a law-abiding citizen who had been able to carry in the theater, it’s possible the death toll would have been less.”

Heaven forbid the NY Times should editorialize or use the Gray Lady's grey matter for even a second to call out such a statement, as if shooting at a black-clad man in a dark, crowded theater full of children is a perfectly acceptable alternate scenario.

Then there's this chilling bit of detective work:
In the last 60 days Mr. Holmes had purchased four guns at local gun shops, Chief Oates said. And through the Internet, he bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition: more than 3,000 rounds for the assault rifle, 3,000 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition for the two Glocks, and 300 rounds for the 12-gauge shotgun. The guns were all bought legally, a federal law enforcement official said.

Here's an idea that would no doubt be dismissed by gun-clutchers as a liberal wacko harebrained scheme designed to steal peoples' guns: If a $10,000 deposit is enough to get the attention of the IRS and Homeland Security, how about a person buying up that many guns and that much ammo in such a short period of time tripping a red flag in the BATF and Homeland Security?

Oh, but we can't do that. "The guns were all bought legally." And here's where the inherent evil of the NRA comes into play.

I'm not talking about morons on Twitter who post then delete stupid shit like this but the NRA and their army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill that do everything in their power to hamstring the prevention of massacres like this from ever happening, the same NRA that went to Littleton 20 miles from Aurora to hold a rally just days after Columbine.

That would be an NRA that cows legislators on both sides of the aisle and effectively putting a permanent wet blanket on any meaningful dialogue regarding gun control, an insidious influence that seems to have even extended to the Oval Office since Obama has never mentioned the need for gun control even once in all his years of federal public service.

Instead, what we'll see is theater security theater that will give us yet another place to be afraid of, waiting for those stupid enough to bring guns they've already bought to a movie theater rather than making it harder for nut jobs like James Holmes to acquire those guns and 6300 rounds of ammo, not to mention the incendiary and explosive materials he'd also somehow invisibly acquired to booby-trap his apartment so thoroughly that even the Aurora Bomb Squad gave up trying to defuse them and sent in a robot.

The National Rifle Association is turning America and the firearms industry into a massive Fast and Furious, one in which we let the bad guys acquire as many guns and as much ammo as they want, then deal with the aftermath. And after every large-scale massacre, we pretend to have a meaningful dialogue but our elected officials, the NRA and the people know it's all theater, shadow-boxing.

We were supposed to have a sustained, substantive dialogue after Ruby Ridge but didn't. After Waco, in which four federal agents were killed. After Columbine. After Ft. Hood. After Tuscon. But we never did and never will until our craven, wet-legged elected officials (and yes, I'm looking especially at you, Obama) finally reject the NRA's money and constant veiled threats of withdrawing support for their next campaigns.

12 people are now lying on slabs getting their corpses torn apart before getting crudely reassembled so they can be processed by funeral homes, 12 innocent people, many of them young, who a little over 37 hours ago just wanted to see a highly-anticipated summer blockbuster.

The Brady Report (.pdf) lists all the mass shootings that have happened in the US since just 2005. Written before the Aurora shooting, it is 62 pages long. As of this writing, the Brady campaign's website gives us two horrifying statistics: This year alone 54,675 people in the US have been shot, 135 so far today (presumably not including the massacre 37 hours ago). Every year, roughly 17,000 of us commit suicide by gun and in 2007, 284 Americans were killed or wounded by gunfire... each day. Compare that to 173 people killed in Canada in all of 2009 due to gun violence.

Maybe Hollywood will base a movie on the Aurora shooting, maybe not. But if they do, I doubt they'll think addressing the very real need for gun control is any sexier than do our elected officials.


At July 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

I have already heard talk of putting metal detectors in every movie theater. It'll be just like an airport, we'll have to take off out shoes, go through the cancer-causing scanners, etc...

I was going to write some snark about the literary agents licking their chops at profiting off this tragedy being your way in, but I thought that was too crass.

At July 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

We can have laws regarding safety restrictions concerning cars, food, drugs- you name it... But there is no way, no way in hell that we can ever tolerate any restrictions on how lethal we can make our guns!

Every god fearing American above the age of two knows that this great country was forged on the backs of those brave citizens able and willing to purchase high capacity 100 round magazines for their automatic weapons!!!

Not to worry- all this talk about having fewer guns in our lives will be over in... two weeks. Promise.

(Interestingly, Sen. Johnson is also a friend to pedophile priests.)

At July 23, 2012 at 5:30 AM, Anonymous Someone who doesn't like Duhmerica said...

Duhmericans will put up with all sorts of groping, irradiation and other idgnity at the airport (plus the added charges on your airline ticket to pay for the security theatre -- isn't that a fucking "mandate" you "Obamacare"-hating morons?) to avoid death at the hands of non-existent plane-bombing suicide terrorists. Yet thousands of people are killed each year by handguns, and a critical mass of Merkins screams like tantrum-toddlers if anyone suggests limiting their precious 2nd Amendment rights. The only constitutional rights that matter!

Fuck you, America. Go shoot yourselves to death, each and every one of you. And will the last person standing in the midst of 300 million bullet-ridden corpses please do the rest of the world a favour and put your precious gun in your mouth and pull the trigger?

At July 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I sense issues.

At July 24, 2012 at 8:13 AM, Anonymous The guy with issues said...

Yes, my issue is that I don't like America. And neither do you, judging from a lot of your angry posts. But it's one thing to rant off a screed yourself, and slighly more rankling when it's the same sort of message coming from someone outside your country.

At July 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

You're right. I hate the fact that my nation is now an international embarrassment and laughingstock and it wounds me a little when I hear someone from the UK, as I'm guessing you are to judge by how you spell some of your words, criticize my nation. Certainly there are a lot of things that are seriously wrong with Great Britain, not the least of which is that your MPs are as bought and sold by corporations as are our members of Congress (legislation authorizing the brand police who are protecting Olympic sponsors and giving them prosecutorial powers during the London Olympics was ratified back in 2006). But America is a much more powerful nation than England and, as such, we are capable, and indisputably guilty, of much more evil.

Yeah, I'm angry at my country, one that used to be great and seemed to embody, even represent, the promise and potential of the human race. But I loathe my government and every Congress, every administration that had a hand in transforming us into a nation of scared, tech-addicted serfs who love tearing each other apart.

At October 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM, Anonymous ryanrriffffftwy said...

Alright asshole... would you rather be shot through the head or beat to death with a pipe

At October 17, 2012 at 10:49 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

ryanrriffffftwy: Is that a serious question? You honestly think that several people firing at a black-clad figure in a dark, crowded theater full of kids is really an enviable scenario?


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