It’s a shame that people are now thinking about adding security to movie theaters.
But that’s where the country is headed because of the shooting last week at the Lafayette, La., Grand Theatre. A 59-year-old drifter on Thursday night fatally shot two persons and injured nine others before killing himself during the showing of the movie “Trainwreck.”
The gunman, John Russell Houser, was a drifter who also was described as filled with rage toward women, liberals and minorities. He also had a history of mental illness.
The shooting follows the mass killing three years ago in which a gunman fatally shot 12 people and wounded 70 at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. James Holmes was sentenced to death last week in that July 22, 2012, tragedy during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The killings also point to proliferation of guns in the hands of more people combined with liberal gun laws, enabling more people to carry more and more power weapons and in some cases without training or permits.
Lawsuits have followed the Aurora shooting, adding to the growing call for private security at movie theaters. Having armed security guards at theaters may help people feel safer when they are just out for an evening of entertainment.
But that security will drive up ticket prices and serve as an another sad commentary on how a dangerous culture of guns in this country is disastrously out of control.