Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
So apparently, the cop asked the texter on 3 different occasions to stop texting, and the guy refused. The texter was sitting in front of the cop, so the light might have been bothering the cop. Also, according to reports, the texter was making noise, as well. The cop gets up and goes out to the lobby to alert the staff. When he comes back, the texter gets all up in his bi'ness, yelling at him, asking him if he "told on him."
The argument escalated, popcorn was thrown and grampa shot the texter.
Obviously this ex-cop was a nut. I feel really sorry for the wife. That must have been pretty horrific for her.
Yup, the ex cop was a nut and the texter was a gigantic douche. Had he just turned the damn phone off, like the movie theater - at that point - had asked him dozens of times to do, he would still be alive today. I go to the movies a lot. By the time the previews have started, you've only been asked 50 million times to turn off your cell phone.
Not saying it deserved to get him killed, but had he just hung up his douche hat for the day, and turned off the damn phone, he'd still be alive and his family wouldn't be destroyed.
Sometimes people having firearms is bad, yes. Sometimes people having drugs is bad, too, but just like drugs, making them illegal will not fix the problem. The demand is still there, and criminals will step up and seize the opportunity to make money if it is illegal. Making a high demand item illegal does nothing but empower the black market and make it so only a criminal can have possession of that item. Prohibition was a failure and fueled organized crime. The drug war is a failure and fuels organized crime. What makes you think it would be any different with guns? We need to accept the lesser evil and handle this stuff in a safe and controlled environment.
Second, there are 88,000,000 Americans with guns (actually, 2013 was a HUGE bump in that number, namely in the 21 - 30 age group, half being females)...nearly between 1/4 - 1/3 Americans with a gun. If there was an increase by 'several times'....well everyone would carry.
Yes, that's a real number, per FBI crime database. Please don't bother disputing it, FBI crime database is one of those things you can't really twist. Compiling data from all local/state/fed police across the country basically 24/7. Instances where a gun was pulled, fired, present, and prevented a crime from occurring...be that assault/rape/robbery/attempted murder/etc.
So...given the one rare instance of the such, I'd hardly call it something discussing.
What makes me happy, is that 320,000,000 number jumped substantially in 2013. 21,093,273 to be exact per FBI database. And yes, it makes me feel safer....I was responsible for 21 of those.