So, a retired Cop in Florida went to see LONE SURVIVOR with a pistol in his pocket. No punch line. No joke.
Now, why would one feel the need to carry a gun to a movie? Maybe the 71 year old man, was anticipating having to use it. I mean, why else would you carry a gun to a movie? Was the theatre noted for gang violence? Was there a level orange terror alert issued in the town that day that put him at a heightened level of alertness?
Well, before the previews had rolled, a man was dead at the hands of the 71 year old Dirty Depends Harry wannabe.
You see, the evil that lurks can be tricky for most of us to see right away. But thank goodness for Curtis Reeves, the Wyatt Earp of Pasco County, Florida. You see, a man, during the pre-previews (before the don't talk, don't text warnings have even rolled) was sending a text message home to his daughter, and he and his wife were settling in to watch Marky Mark kill a bunch of head scarf wearing bad guys in red, white and blue fervor. Based on a true story.
Pacso Curt must have taken exception to this. And you don't cross Pasco Curt, pard. So, words were exchanged for whatever reason, taking Reeves from his seat to confront Mr and Mrs Olsen. I guess, Mr Olsen took exception to Trigger Finger Reeves mouthing off at him before the movie had even started.
Popcorn may have been thrown in anger. Surely prompting a couple of rounds of hot lead in reaction. Justified, right?
Or, as the official account puts it:
"The victim was on his cellphone, he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation,"Sheriff Chris Nocco said, according to ABCNews affiliate WFTS. "During that altercation, the suspect decided to pull out a .380 and he shoots the victim."
Mr Olsen died as a result. An off duty cop wrestled the gun from Reeves and detained him until back up could arrive. Reports are that Reeves's son was there as well, coming back from the concession stand, and that he too is a Police Officer.
Reeves is being held without bail, and the folks lined up to say how sane, steady and nice a guy he is. And today, the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida is about to get another media workout. Yessir, you see, Reeves, armed and ready (as any good movie goer should be) is now saying that besides popcorn, something else his his face, and he felt that deadly force was needed.
Of course, one could argue that perhaps packing a loaded gun in your pocket as part of your process of getting dressed and ready for your day, and/or to head to the movies, meant that Reeves was all too ready, willing and able to pull it and use it. Maybe he had premonition that he needed it. Or maybe this 71 year old man, allowed to keep a gun thanks to his former law enforcement status, just lost his mind in a moment of needless rage, and the convenience of having it right there in his pocket led to a moment akin to the OK Corral in a movie theatre.
Thanks to the off duty officer for not pulling his gun and taking down Reeves, following which, Reeve's off duty cop son, returning with twizzlers and goobers, might have pulled his gun, shot the other off duty cop, which may have prompted countless others to think Al Qaeida had landed in a 1:30 mattinee and Allah hell was breaking loose, and they too could have drawn weapons and slinged guns all over the place.
Yeah, that's what we need. Thankfully there were leveler heads in the room than the unhinged numb-skull of Mr Reeves. And there wer some nurses there, as well, who attended to Mr. Olsen, but to no avail.
A man is dead thanks to unstable gun access, gun laws, rage-endorsing laws, and sheer stupidity by an elderly man who probably needed to see the movie at 1:30 inthe afternoon because he can't drive at night. Yet, he can strap on a gun right after he straps on his catheter.
Ah, the United States of the NRA. And the weak-willed politicians who figure that as long as this sort of thing happens once in a while, and is spaced out enough that no one can stay worked up to care that nothing is being done, or that any conversation about it starts from a position of having to defend, not the victim's, but the criminal's rights to have done what evil they have done.
In a world like this, is it any wonder that social media using dimbulbs out there are openly threatening to kill the president, and more recently, Wendy Davis, who is running for governor in Texas. How dare she, right?
Here's what was aimed at Wendy Davis recently:
And there will be those who defend this as freedom of speech.
What is acceptable in this nation, because we are collectively too concerned about the sensitivity of the insensitive louts, has gotten us in so much of a twist that we've got our heads on backward about who the bad guys are. Though, I guess if Wendy Davis were to be texting before a feature film at a theatre in Florida, and Johnny B here decided to follow through, that would be somehow OK. Because, I dare say that Mr. Reeves is going to go free after what he did.