A judge says “proceed” to suits against the owner of the movie theater where the mass shooting in Aurora CO occurred in 2012.
“Although theaters had theretofore been spared a mass shooting incident, the patrons of a movie theater are, perhaps even more than students in a school or shoppers in a mall, ‘sitting ducks,’ ” [Judge] Jackson wrote.
This means that 20 lawsuits can now proceed against the theater owner. Does this make any sense to you? How could they have possibly known that an incident like this was going to occur? It is not the responsibility of an establishment to ensure the safety of it’s patrons in that manner. An event, such as a mass shooting, comes down to the individual’s ability to defend his or her self (or if you prefer, cower in the corner).
This particular theater chain claimed itself to be a Gun Free Zone. If anything, these lawsuits may make other businesses take a closer look at their own gun free policies.
But in the end, they are all businesses that can say “we don’t want guns in our buildings” and that is their right. The important thing to take away from all of this is something we’ve been talking about for years:
If a business won’t allow me to carry in their establishment, I will take my business elsewhere.