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Gary Johnson says armed audience member could have ended Batman massacre

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson told The Daily Caller that the massacre at the midnight premiere of “The Dark Night Rises” in Aurora, Colo., might have ended differently if an audience member was also carrying a gun.

“It’s a horrible tragedy” said Johnson. “I just hope that the government doesn’t start taking all sorts of actions to prevent something like this from happening again — when it’s going to happen again… It’s made me rethink getting a concealed carry permit for myself that if I would have been in that situation, that I personally may have been in a position to bring it to an end.”

“If we’re going to ban weapons, the people that will have weapons will be criminals,” the former New Mexico governor added. “It’s not legal to have tear gas, and this guy had tear gas. So laws don’t prevent criminals from conducting their activity. It’s law-abiding citizens that in this case, if just someone would have been armed in that theater, perhaps they could have brought this tragedy to an end or made it less of a tragedy than it was.”...

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How did that guy even get

How did that guy even get into the theater carrying all of that stuff?

I kinda want to know, but I just can't stand watching the news about it droning on and on about the same points. 24/7.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Propped an Exit Door Open

When I managed theatres, the exit doors had alarms on them.

He watched part of the movie, then went out the exit door, propped it, and got his stuff, and came back (if I recall correctly).

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

That's a serious security

That's a serious security breach right there. I imagine there will be lawsuits over that one.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

It's true.. However, that's

It's true..

However, that's not the conclusion the American people are to make.

The only conclusion we are to make is: The police are the only people who can protect us, and they need better arms.

Glad Gary Johnson Supports Constitutional Right to Bear Arms

Thank you for posting this. I am glad that we will have someone on the ballot to vote for who strongly backs our Constitutional right to protect ourselves with firearms.

Times change and weaponry gets more sophisticated.

I agree with your right to be armed....but (and this is only a question) armed with what? A handgun is not an assault rifle. Is there a middle ground of being armed rather than being a walking arsenal?
If the Aurora killer was padded up in body armor, would a hand gun have made any difference?

"If the Aurora killer was

"If the Aurora killer was padded up in body armor, would a hand gun have made any difference?"
With a shot to the head, yes.

Now that would depend upon

Now that would depend upon how good a shot you are! I could have taken him out, so could many others, it's just a matter of practice and confidence and knowing your weapon.

The other point people forget is that, if he knew ppl were armed he might have never gone into that theater in the first place.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Dear Gary,

Welcome to the real world, where everyone is not Quick Draw McGaw, Clint Eastwood, or John Wayne...thank goodness.
To join the ranks of every other self serving politician, and turn this utter tragedy into a political issue is a sad indictment of American Society today.
Maybe a good hard look at WHY the USA seems to spawn so many of these "Blaze of Glory", "Fame at any cost" killers would be a good place to start.
Citizens arming themselves against these out-of-the-blue events is only masking the symptoms of a sick society, instead of treating the disease.
My heart breaks for ALL the families involved in this tragedy.

Jill, I can understand your

Jill, I can understand your angst but,I would like to respectfully offer another POV. Consider, if that cowardly thug had known that there was a greater chance that there were armed citizens that would fight back within that theater -- I guarantee he would think twice before doing what he did...cowards like that do not walk into a fair fight, they back out, and I would guess he would have never gone in if he thought anyone would fire back.

And that is the whole point. An honest, armed citizenry is, far and away, the greatest deterrant to crime. It leaves no window of police response time to get away with what ever it is the criminal is planning. Will it stop all crime ?...NO, but violent crime will increase if these cowards know that no one can fight back.

There is an old saying:

God made man but Sam Colt made them equal.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Sometimes they are. I knew of

Sometimes they are.

I knew of several instances where people only blocks from me killed an armed criminal and saved their life of the lives of others. One lady was about to be killed by her ex and an ex military guy pulled out his concealed weapon and shot him right in the head. Problem solved. My father in law and my brother's father in law are those kinda guys that you just don't want to threaten.

Did you see the video of the 71 year old shooting a couple of armed thugs during a robbery? Awesome.

What he is saying is that this shouldn't be used as an excuse to break the Constitution.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty." - Thomas Jefferson
"Annoyance is step one of thinking"
"We're all in the same boat, it doesn't matter if you like me"

Sick Yeah.

You're right, there are fundamental problems in a society that spawns this kind of behavior - but fixing those problems is a world away.

Social psychology is not gonna protect any given individual in any given crisis situation in the near term, and in general good, sane people taking ownership of their own safety can't be a bad thing; indeed, a well armed populace of peace loving, stand up people might make future potential mass murderers think twice, body armor or no.

Turning responsibility for our safety solely over to the state is a recipe for disaster unto itself. Those who would surrender liberty for safety will likely get neither.

Right,

but the people who exercise their rights and obtain a conceal carry permit actually know how to use them, and go through training. Here is a video of a recent robbery in which it was prevented by a 71 year old conceal and carrying American: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YffbN29XOs This video was on youtube the day the incident happened, why is there no release of the incident in Colorado?

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

Why do you think the USA spawns

so many "blaze of Glory" killers?
Are guns why? Or maybe the movies that inspire some people to want to be criminals?

I can understand the argument, while at a movie, even if armed, not many of us are thinking of an invasion that requires quick gun access. Furthermore it is a little tougher shooting from a seated position than standing.
I still believe that the death toll would have been reduced if someone shot back.

The first thing I heard after the shootings was complaints about how gun control is never on the table.
It's never on the table because it is unconstitutional!
It is the PROGRESSIVES using this as a political opportunity.
Not Gary Johnson or Ron Paul or the NRA.

I don't know what the answer is.

Your constitution gives you the right to be armed, and your constitution was written in the days when it was probably very wise to be armed, the emerging United States of America was not a safe place to be.
If you choose to carry a handgun, or have one in your house or car, that makes sense, but big semi automatic assault rifles seems to be a little out of kilter.

Well actually...

Just a paradigm shift, not sure if you are a national of the U.S. or not but the constitution does not "give" us the right to do anything.

We the people are born with rights, and the constitution "protects" them from our government.

May seem redundant or the same, but it is an important distinction to make in my mind.

This whole "assault rifle"

garbage irks me.
Do you know what a semi-automatic weapon is?
The news would have you thinking the guy went in there with a machine gun on a tripod or something.
Semi-auto= one shot per trigger pull.
Full auto= machine gun.

I think it was during Clintons gun ban that they started calling semi-auto rifles "assault weapons" because it sounds so bad.

First of all "your

First of all "your constitution"? If you are not a citizen of the United States, it makes sense to say that. If you are a citizen, I certainly hope you consider it to be yours as well. That being said... as others have brought up, rights are inherent. They don't come from constitutions. Ours just happens to be a pretty good one that points some of those rights out.

Secondly, "it was probably very wise to be armed, the emerging United States of America was not a safe place to be.". Was that movie theater a safe place to be?

No, I am not an American, and don't live in America.

Nor am I against the right to be armed. In Americas' early history, being a settler was a dangerous occupation, wildlife, bandits, opportunists, irate natives and isolation made for good reason to armed, and I can understand why it was written into the constitution.
The question I am asking is this-: Should a middle ground be sought over what type of weapon a person can arm themselves with to protect person and property?

"Should a middle ground be

"Should a middle ground be sought over what type of weapon a person can arm themselves with to protect person and property?"

No, because the other, perhaps more important benefit of gun rights is it gives the people the ability to overthrow their government when (not if) it becomes too corrupt to save in any other way. When a corrupt government can dictate what weapon an individual can and cannot have, it can always ensure its power over the people.

This isn't really about something so specific as which guns are okay and which are not. This about the basic concept of liberty. As someone who posts an image supporting Ron Paul with each of your messages, I'm surprised that you push back against him and the idea that individuals have the -right- to do as they please, so long as they do not infringe on the rights of others. That is what Ron Paul talks about every day, and your position does everything but support what he stands for.

NO!! NO!! NO!!!

The Constitution does NOT "give us the right to be armed," or any other rights for that matter. Our Creator gave us those rights, to wit:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...."

And the Bill of Rights is there to protect the other rights that authoritarians like to tread on so deeply.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

Politicians like Bloomberg want to crush gun rights

GJ stands tall for gun rights and exposes the MSM 24/7 attack on gun ownership.

People should look next door at Mexico.
Gangs slaughter innocent people by tens of thousands.
People there wish they had the right to own weapons to defend themselves.
If America had the Mexican gun laws there would be tens of thousands people dying as well.

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Do you work for gun rights

in Canada? If so what groups are you a member of?

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