I’ve been away for awhile pondering a great many things. But, this seems as good a time as any to come up for air.
I’ve been trying to keep my mouth shut about this [shooting in Aurora, CO] as all of my favorite gun blogs have posts about this. Here’s a bit of perspective as this has hit a bit close to home for me — very, very close:
My son works at the Century 16 cinema where this occurred.
He was on the schedule last night.
He called and woke me at 330 this morning and the first thing he said was, “So, I need to find a new job.”
My response, being that I was just woken up, was something to the effect of, “Are you drunk?”
Then he told me there was a shooting a work and then after a painful silence, he started providing some details.
Later in the day, I would also find out that a former employee with my company was shot and that another engineer with whom I work directly was also in the theater.
The perp had no motive other than destruction. There was no negotiating. No cooperating. No, “giving him what he wants”. He was going to take it by force. And with or without firearms, he was going to get what he wanted: destruction.
All I can say is this: carry your damned guns, people. If you’re licensed to carry concealed, then do so. Do it every single day. Like your fire extinguisher or your health insurance or your spare tire in your car, you never know when you’re going to need it.