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Q: What do you call “Three guys legally packing heat at the theaters?” A: “A good start.”

A screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Cookeville., Tenn., was halted on Thursday after a theater worker reported seeing a moviegoer with a gun.

According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, a police officer who arrived at the auditorium discovered three men with handguns.

Unfortunately for them:

Tennessee law allows permit carry holders to bring handguns into movie theaters, restaurants, clubs and other businesses, unless the business prohibits this by posting signs, “displayed in prominent locations,” said Kevin Crawford of the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security.

Possession of a weapon on “posted property” is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500, according to state law.

They just need to make sure they post some big “No Guns” signs on the emergency exits — the Aurora theater had “No Guns” signs at the box office but none out back, which is probably why the Redheaded Criminal didn’t go home discouraged instead of shooting all those people.

Heck, they should put some “No Shooting The Patrons” signs up too.

Luckily for everyone present, nobody wound up shooting the patrons after seeing the police ensure that everyone was defenseless.

via Movie theaters review gun policies after Colorado shootings » The Commercial Appeal. h/t to Tam.

New Cato Study: Tough Targets

From the “It’s no surprise to those who’ve followed the subject for more than a few years,” comes another study:

Today, Cato is releasing a new study, Tough Targets: When Criminals Face Armed Resistance from Citizens, by Clayton Cramer and David Burnett. The paper makes use of a news report-gathering project to explore in more detail how Americans use guns in self-defense.

The paper makes many excellent points, but I’ll mention just three here. First, the average person tends to imagine that these self-defense situations involve criminals getting shot. Such cases do occur, but the overwhelming number of self-defense cases involve situations where the gun is never fired.

The second point relates to the first. The average person usually does not hear about defensive gun cases because news media organizations do not consider the incidents worthy of coverage. If a burglar runs away from a break-in when he discovers that someone is at the home and is armed, it may only garner a terse mention in the paper, if it makes the newspaper at all. With no shot fired, no injuries, and no suspect in custody, newspeople typically decline coverage. The point here is not to criticize the news media’s handling of such incidents–rather it is just to remind readers that we tend to hear about criminals using guns to perpetrate crimes, but we do not hear about many self-defense cases. In this milieu, it is understandable why many people would develop negative opinions about guns.

Third, when a gun owner does shoot a rapist or is able to hold a burglar at gunpoint until the police arrive on the scene, it is very likely that more than one crime has been prevented. That’s because had the culprit not been stopped, he very likely would have targeted other people as well.

The liberal media hates telling stories with happy endings where the good guy had a gun and nobody got shot.

But on the other hand, the gun nuts also hate stories where years of daily dry-fire and holster-drawing practice, and thousands of dollars of training classes weren’t needed, because the victim didn’t have to don his tactical vest, pie-clear his house, trade shots with multiple assailants while moving to cover and using weak-hand skills developed painstakingly through thousands of repetitions.

Still, it’s better to have a gun and skills and not need them, then to need them and not have them.

via New Cato Study: Tough Targets | Cato @ Liberty.

Protecting Yourself Against Crime and Violence by Chris Martenson

I’m writing this post on preparing for crime and violence primarily to stimulate or inspire members of the ChrisMartenson.com community who have not already done so to plan for and begin taking steps to prepare themselves for crime and violence. The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last 20 years, and one way they’re going to be different is in the area of crime. Obviously, more poverty and desperation and fewer law enforcement resources will be the main ingredients in generating more crime and violence. It’s going to be more frequent, more clever, and more brutal. From my perspective, these preparations are a normal part of life, because crime is a normal part of the human experience (in varying degrees and types). It only makes sense to think about crime and violence, take some reasonable steps to prevent it, and respond to it if prevention fails. This is true in national parks, rural areas, small towns, and large cities. These are my thoughts, but I believe most people have not thought about these things very much. And more importantly, they have taken very few effective steps to prevent themselves from being victimized and to deal with a crime against themselves once an attack starts.

He writes a good plan of action for self-defense.  At one point, though, he says:

For instance, “By June 1, achieve a rate of at least 95% for arming the burglary alarm system whenever the house is empty or everyone is sleeping.”

In some areas where alarms are common, invaders make a point of entering when the home is occupied, because the alarm system will be turned off, and the residents will be unarmed.

And training!  My wife and I got lifetime memberships to FrontSight, and we hope to be able to bring friends with us!

via Protecting Yourself Against Crime and Violence by Chris Martenson.

Shocking testimony reveals police inaction in Conn. horror home invasion – NYPOST.com

Just a gentle reminder that the police are not responsible nor liable for your safety, and you will be at the scene of the crime way before they are.

Podunk local cops wasted more than half an hour assessing the Connecticut home invasion and setting up a vehicle perimeter — time the two attackers used to strangle the mother in her living room and set the fire that claimed the lives of the two girls upstairs, according to shocking testimony today.

The revelation — which suggests perhaps the family could have been saved but for police bungling — came on day three of testimony in the murder trial of crack addict Steven Hayes, charged as one of the two monsters who launched a rein of rape and murder against a Cheshire, CT family on a Monday morning in July, 2007.

via Shocking testimony reveals police inaction in Conn. horror home invasion – NYPOST.com.

Tight budgets and fewer cops; time for citizens to ‘arm up’

The police have never been legally responsible for your safety, and now, they are having to stop pretending like they’ll be there for you.

Plunging government revenues may have the unintended consequence – so far as tax-and-spend and spend some more public officials are concerned – of reminding people that we are ultimately responsible for our own safety.

The pie plate is empty and inevitable cutbacks in important public services, including law enforcement, are on the horizon. It is already happening in Oakland, CA where the police chief has announced that officers will no longer respond to a broad list of crimes, if department layoffs go as planned.

What’s a citizen to do? Perhaps they will follow the advice of Ashtabula County, OH Judge Alfred Mackey and Hudspeth County, TX Sheriff Arvin West. In the past few months, both have advised their neighbors to arm themselves.

Said the judge, according to a report on WKYC back in April, “Be very careful, be vigilant, get in touch with your neighbors, because we’re going to have to look after each other.”

via Tight budgets and fewer cops; time for citizens to ‘arm up’.