Lewis W. Diuguid

Guns are nothing to play with in movie theater

Updated: 2013-05-13T17:43:15Z

“Iron Man 3” for the second week topped the list of most-seen new movies even though “The Great Gatsby” was the lastest release.

So no theater operators should think it’s necessary to do what Goodrich Capital 8 Theaters in Jefferson City did the previous weekend. Actors appeared at the theater in the Missouri state capital during the weekend opening of “Iron Man 3” dressed as officers and one as Iron Man. Another actor appeard to be in assault gear and carrying a rifle, The Associated Press reports.

Have those people not heard of the mass shooting in July at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater during the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” batman movie? Twelve people died in that attack on movie-goers and others were injured.

The management of the Missouri theater apologized on the company’s Facebook page, saying it was meant to be entertainment: “We didn’t clearly tell our customers, and some people didn’t realize it was for entertainment purposes only.”

It will never be OK and never be entertaining to do such a thing when guns, unchecked in America, are responsible for so much real-life carnage.

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