This can't possibly be real, can it? When and where does this 6-minute "PSA" supposedly run?
When the first shotgun blast rang out, Parkey thought it might be a sound system malfunction. He turned and saw a woman with blood pouring from a wound to her face, and when the second shot was fired he saw the gunman point the firearm toward his family's place in the audience. He pushed his mother and his middle daughter, 6-year-old Aidyn, to the floor and pulled them under the pew.
By this time, the crowd was in motion and several men had already started moving toward the gunman, who had paused to reload, Parkey said. Someone wrestled the shotgun away and then Parkey, John Bohstedt and Robert Birdwell Jr. tackled him.
"The only thing he said was he was asking us to get off of him, that he wasn't doing anything," Parkey said. "We just looked at each other incredulously, like 'How dare you?' "
Did anyone else feel that this was pretty reasonable? I did.
tyllwin: I'm perplexed by the reactions here ... if you are in this unlikely situation, there's nothing wrong with the advice. "You should exercise and eat right" does not make "take an aspirin and dial 911" bad advice.
Unless he is an arms dealer, he is a very seriously unwell person. If he fired a different gun every day he'd have to go 54 years before he fired them all. I mean I guess he could do one with each hand and cut it down to 27.
There's a good chance he's not anymore unwell than any other collector. I mean, I don't see a reason why a person would need thousands of coins either, but it doesn't really make them unwell.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:52 on 7/30
Well, every situation is really tactically different. The guy in Aurora had armor and superior weaponry, and trying to shoot it out one on one with a concealed-carry handgun would have been suicidal. Mass charging isn't practical in a movie theater with all the seats, and the noise making co-ordination impossible. I guess the best option would have been to run while throwing a few shots his way to try and suppress his fire a bit, and using available cover to obscure your position if you can. But you're not going to make every office worker a tactician with the presence of mind to analyze their options. As a one size fits all, easy to do and remember, "Run -> Hide -> Fight" is likely the best you can do.
2) Even if the film is reasonable, the context of needing to show the film is not, or at least should not be allowed without comment. Gun massacres should be rare events, where a failure of the law, society, and the individual coincide to produce a tragic outcome. But in the US they happen all too often. Even if the death penalty is sought against James Egan Holmes, he will still live long enough to see at least a few more massacres. Indeed, were somebody to suggest that another such massacre would happen in the US before this year is out, that too would be "pretty reasonable".
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