"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I'll wager that if EVERY SINGLE person in that theater were armed, the casualties would have been FAR higher. I am a PROPONENT of arming people, in order to prevent JUST THIS SORT OF CRAP, but come on, this was well planned. Kid chose a midnight showing at a movie theater, a DARK room in which the occupants are all staring at a giant, BRIGHTLY lit screen, with huge speakers, etc. In addition, he had smoke devices, further obscuring. He turned that situation into a complete nightmare, in terms of friendly fire. I'll wager only a few people at a time were even able to see the kid, let alone have the chance to pull a weapon, aim, and accurately fire. Add more guns to that situation would have been to add more BULLETS to that situation...bullets fired by scared, half blind people.
Come on, man.
"Half full or half empty doesn't matter. What matters is, you've only got half a glass...so what are you going to do about it?" - Me
I also recall another guy named James entered a church on a Sunday and began shooting. A couple of unarmed people ran towards him and they stopped him.
I think in those moments the true self is revealed.