I don’t take a lot of interest in things like this. You show me a school shooting, or some other similar display of public violence, and I don’t typically have much to say on the matter. It’s not that I approve or disapprove, it’s not that I’m trying to be some edgy douchebag and/or don’t give a shit about human lives; it’s just that I don’t find myself particularly shocked by such things.
Having established my usually neutral position on this sort of thing, I’ll go on to say that this shooting really pisses me off. I was raised to love movies, and to this day I think of a movie theater as an awesome place to go and enjoy (hopefully excellent) movies. The midnight showings of movies with large fanbases are the best times to go, because although everyone is dressed up and rowdy, when the film starts, they shut the fuck up and watch it. There’s a solidarity I feel at no other time in theaters, where instead of hating half of the people around me for having shit etiquette, I feel like a part of this big, moviegoing crowd of strangers who are all banding together in the name of enjoying something we’ve all waited a long time for.
Personally, I don’t feel this way about Batman since the fucks I give about DC are very limited, but this holds true for any beloved release with a fanbase of that nature.
Then this motherfucker comes along and not only rolls out tear gas and opens fire in a goddamn movie theater, a place intended for fun and appreciation of films, but he does it at a midnight showing where everyone is feeling their most excited. The midnight showing is the special one, for people who care enough to get in line and wait, to stay up late just for that. Only now, for those people, it’s the one you go to in order to get fucking shot at.
I don’t feel attachment to a lot of places, but movie theaters are one of them. I feel like it takes the worst kind of asshole to shoot people in a movie theater. They’re already distracted by the film, it’s dark, it’s loud, there’s not a lot of room to move around once they’re seated, and they might have their fucking family with them. It would be so easy to pick people off – in a crowded theater you could probably just spray bullets around and still hit plenty of people by chance – and they’d be so out of their element that I feel like it’s one of the lowest, most cowardly damn things I’ve heard of – even when it’s in the ranks of ‘things murderers do with their free time’.
Now he’s been picked up by the cops and we, the general public consisting largely of people who don’t like to shoot up movie theaters, are left to deal with the repercussions of what he did.
Theaters are already talking about banning costumes, which will really fuck up the atmosphere of popular franchise releases and kill a huge, fun tradition for a lot of people. People are discussing whether or not theaters should implement heavy security including guards, metal detectors and pat-downs, which personally would taint the moviegoing experience for me a lot. Yet another tired rendition of the continuing gun control debate has sprung from this, which always brings people so close together. People are afraid to go to the movies. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that some people are fucking dead for no reason.
Fuck that guy.