Tactical gear and weaponry Holmes used to execute a dozen theater goers
Of all the asinine observations made in conjunction with the Aurora CO massacre, the complaint that if only someone in the theater was packing heat, the mass murderer James Holmes could have been stopped dead in his tracks.
None other than one of the House of Representatives’ top Teabagger wingnuts, former judge Louie Gohmert, captured the gun toting American zeitgeist.
ABC News reports:
The shooting could have been limited if someone else in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater had been carrying a gun, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert said today.
Gohmert reacted to the shooting, which left 12 dead, during an interview this morning on the radio program Ernest Istook Live! From The Heritage Foundation.
“Well it does make me wonder, you know with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying that could’ve stopped this guy more quickly?” Gohmert said.
Fat chance. A darkened theater full of screaming, panicking people, deafened by loud explosions of close quarters weapons fire, choking on tear gas and stampeding towards the exits—just the venue for an old West style shootout. Say three of them had concealed carry permits, which is legal in Colorado. In the chaos, they’d just as likely shoot each other and a number of innocents as well than succeed in bouncing a lucky shot off a heavily armored and methodically prepared executioner.
Take a look at the picture above– this is how Holmes was geared up. He’d been a match for a heavily armed SWAT officer. In fact, officers arriving on the scene first were not SWAT. Packing only standard issue 40mm Glocks and shotguns they would have been outgunned. That’s assuming that they would have even entered the theater, which they didn’t because they weren’t wearing gas masks. Rushing into a scene like that, guns blazing, would have only added to the confusion and the carnage.
But hey—an an ordinary citizen with a concealed carry .38 strapped to his ankle—no problemo for the Gohmerts of the world.