I’ve been wrestling with the title of this post. Here are my options so far:
- Top 5 ways to really conceal carry.
- Is it illegal to carry where a business says you can’t?
- Concealed Carry Wars.
- Concealed Carry Awakens.
- Forget the lightsabers, carry a blaster.
- Nothing beats a good blaster at your side.
- Hell yeah I’ll carry Friday night.
- A note on soft targets.
In the end, an editorial voice I trust implicitly suggested Deadly Force Awakens: Do We Carry at Star Wars Premiere, and the title has stuck. When read together, the others pretty well sum up my feelings on the big debut. Friday, December 18 will mark the single biggest movie debut ever. In the entire history of the world. No cultural event has ever been this big. And that may mean trouble.
Star Wars are one thing, but the concealed carry wars are going to be an issue tomorrow, too. Movie theaters are soft targets. And those that prevent patrons from carrying are even softer targets. Many of the theater chains have already announced that there will be no weapons of any sort allowed in–not guns, not fake guns, not lightsabers or Gaffi Sticks. Nada. They’re so paranoid that they won’t allow people to wear masks into the theaters.
Let’s think about this. We’re talking about Star Wars. Cosplay is extremely popular with the Star Wars geeks (myself included) precisely because you can hide who you really are behind a mask!
But I’m talking about the bigger picture
Here’s the question. If you are going to see the movie, will you carry?
My task in this editorial is difficult. I want to say that you should seriously consider carrying a concealed handgun. I also want to tell you that you have an obligation to obey the law. But, in writing this piece, I am implying that there is something deeply ominous about willingly going somewhere that prohibits you from carrying.
Look at it from this perspective: you are a conscientious armed citizen; you obey laws. If you obey the law, you may not have a gun. You know full well that ANYONE who chooses a movie theater as a target will obviously, willingly break the law. Shooting people is still a violation of the law. The only thing that the prohibition of firearms accomplishes is the compulsive disarming of law-abiding, conscientious citizens.
Who actually believes that a criminal or a terrorist or a government shill might have the intent to shoot people, but change his or her mind because a movie theater has posted a sign at the door prohibiting firearms?
So what are they actually trying to prevent?
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that these theaters may have a valid reason to prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying guns on their premises. What would that reason be?
When a patron enters the premises with a loaded, risk increases. So there’s corporate liability involved. Not all gun owners are responsible gun owners. Accidents happen. Negligence exists. By barring carry, a corporate entity can sleep well at night. Maybe.
My guess is that theaters are also concerned about the omnipresent juvenile behavior of teenagers. Rivalries come with the teenage territory. And as some of these miscreants have frequent run-ins with each other, and with the law, it would seem logical to keep the bloodshed to a minimum. Most of these punk-ass bitches don’t premeditate. Their crimes are spontaneous. If a teenage punk thinks he might get a pat-down for a minor-in-possession, or some other slap-on-the-wrist, he won’t want to compound the problem with a gun. You know–for kids. Maybe.
But there are nefarious individuals who actually plan. I don’t care who you want to blame for the recent spate of terrorist types that have really captured the American imagination, but these automatons plan. And they ignore posted signage.
So we’re back where we began
I’m a scholar of Star Wars. I taught a college class on the subject for years. When A New Hope hit theaters, it was a sleeper hit. And reels had to travel from town to town. The release of parts 1, 2, and 3, were huge—but the movies themselves were debacles. That’s what makes The Force Awakens so important. It holds the hope of at least three generations of Star Wars fans–people like me. Star Wars defined my childhood imagination as it now defines the life of my 8-year-old son. And this is it. This movie is the resurrection of the whole franchise.
Will we show up in numbers? Damn straight. Will we be completely distracted? Yes. Will we be soft targets? Of Course. Will we, those who have owned the responsibility of defending ourselves and the ones we love, disarm?