According to The Arizona Republic, former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce had something to say about James E. Holmes, the red-hair-dyed "Joker" who is accused of firing off a spray of bullets in an Aurora, CO movie theater a few nights ago during a first screen viewing of the latest Batman thriller movie "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Had someone been prepared and armed they could have stopped this "bad" man from most of this tragedy. He was two and three feet away from folks, I understand he had to stop and reload. Where were the men of flight 93????," Pearce wrote.
Russell Pearce represents plenty of overbloated "cowboy-ish John Wayne Clint Eastwood" vigilantes when he makes statements like this. Folks who think like him tend not to realize that a gun provides a false sense of security for several reasons:
(a) The ""men of Flight 93" (Tragedy of '911') are dead. Try as they might to rescue the plane (and for all anyone knows that story may have been pure wanderlust fiction), they crashed right along with it and saved no one; not even themselves.
(b) A person would have to walk, talk, eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom with a gun cocked and loaded 24/7 in order to be prepared for a tragedy of that magnitude. There is always the "element of surprise."
(c) As one cop I spoke to said "The answer to flying bullets is not more flying bullets." All that would have resulted in is more dead bodies, especially while a smoke screen was still up to block a direct view to him.
Sounds like folks out here in the reality show world aren't the only ones who watch too much TV. That's like the "Perry Mason" comment I heard in a courtroom not too long ago; from a live judge in a real court who should have known better at his age.
It's more likely that the 24-year old Ph.D. dropout student who was once an honors grad would have not only been dressed in full protective armor gear, but may have even taken a different approach in a "BYOG" [bring your own gun] type atmosphere. He didn't sound, as far as the news reports were concerned, like a man who would have entered that theater unprepared.
The fact that Holmes was dressed in a bullet-proof vest and 'armor geared'-down says he was prepared in case fire was returned, and in the end ... bullets coming from several different directions could only have caused more deaths, and probably not his own with that kind of protection on.
One woman had the unmitigated gall to say that "mental health issues" kill, not inanimate objects such as guns. Yeah. Funny how "animated" a gun can become in the hands of even those who may never have been suspected of having a mental health issue.
"FIVE PEOPLE DIED TODAY OF WOUNDS CAUSED BY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES."
Last we knew, mental health issues could not be loaded with bullets, cocked, and fired with enough of an impact to kill; and it still doesn't explain why so many people with these issues never killed anyone and likely never will. It also doesn't explain why so many people who don't have "mental health issues" do kill...usually for no justifiable reason. People will never hear half the stories of guns "saving" or protecting anyone, because they almost never do.
Pearce's types of policies and juvenile imbecilic warmongering violent thinking can do nothing more than produce many more of ' type. No wonder Pearce was recalled from the Senate.
The NRA can stick another "second amendment yankee doo-wop macaroni" feather in their cap and pat themselves on the back for this one, too. Holmes may not have been an NRA member, but NRA policies are making it easier and easier to create more of his kind in the future and going forward.
They should be proud.