Thank GOD this fellow had his gun!

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CNN) -- A man was shot dead and his wife wounded after an argument over texting in a movie theater Monday afternoon in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
The suspect, Curtis Reeves, is a retired Tampa police officer, Nocco said. He will be charged with second-degree homicide, according to Nocco.
Nocco identified the victims as Chad and Nicole Oulson, who he said were sitting in a row in front of another couple. An earlier release from the sheriff's department said the shooting occurred before a showing of the movie "Lone Survivor."
"There was an altercation because the victim was using his cell phone. He was texting," Nocco said. "This led to a verbal altercation, the verbal altercation escalated."
Reeves pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and as Nicole Oulson raised her hand, the shooter fired once, Nocco said.
A witness said the shooting happened during previews to the movie. Charles Cummings told reporters that Chad Oulson sat two seats from him and his son. Reeves was upset by Oulson's cell phone use and the two argued, Reeves then got up and left the theater for a brief time, Cummings said.
"He came back very irritated," Cummings said. Nocco told reporters that the shooter had gone to report the encounter to an employee.
The two men started arguing again and the cell phone user told the other man he was just texting his daughter, Cummings said. A few silent seconds elapsed and the argument started again.
Nocco said Oulson confronted the shooter about going to the theater employee.
Cummings said the argument got louder.
"Their voices started going up. There seemed to almost be a confrontation," Cummings said. "Somebody throws popcorn; I'm not sure who threw it. And then bang, he was shot."
The victim staggered over and fell on Cummings and his son. A nurse who was in the theater performed CPR on the victim until the paramedics arrived, said Cummings, who like his son, had spatters of blood on his clothes.
The shooter sat down and put the gun on his lap, and an off-duty deputy from Sumter County who was there to watch the film made sure the shooter didn't leave.
Nocco said Reeves was at the theater with his wife, and there was no indication that the two couples involved knew each other.
The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. inside one of the theaters at the Grove 16 complex, sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said.
"This was an isolated altercation between two guests that escalated unexpectedly. The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident," Cobb Theatres, which operates the Grove complex, said in a written statement.
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Well, that's the last text he'll ever send.

Guns protect no one. Owning a gun just makes it dramatically more likely that you or someone you know and love will be the first victim.
 

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Thank heavens for the 2d Amendment to enforce no-texting at the movie house.
 

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Money to be made through marketing a cell phone with a small-caliber pistol concealed inside. Especially handy when some mugger demands your smartphone. Should only need to be one-shot capable.
 

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Popcorn was thrown, folks.

Popcorn was thrown.
So he was standing his ground?

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Wow, how about that. The murderer is one of the people supposedly trained and knowledgeable about weapons and laws and stuff. Why is concealed carry such a great thing again?

A bad guy with a gun stopped a good guy with a phone.

Someone wanted to know if the theater was posted, 'no guns allowed'.

Seriously? What would the poster say?

WARNING
Armed Lunatics
at large on these
premises.

Enjoy the movie and
don't forget to
visit the snack bar.

BTW, did anyone else notice that the "good samaritan" who disarmed and detained the suspect seems to have done so without the assistance of any weapon? Seems like we've seen that happen before. :eusa_whistle:
 

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"An Armed Society is a Polite Society."


My heart goes out to the victim and his family.
 

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Why don't some people see the connection between guns and gun violence?

Is it because, to them, guns are big fun? Do they see guns as a great leveler? If so, do they understand that mental instability plus guns does not level anything, but tip the balance to the mentally frazzled?

Would it be fair to ban the mentally and emotionally underdeveloped from gun ownership?

Are gun rights infringed by asking then mentally and emotionally challenged to be excluded from gun ownership? Does public safety trump gun ownership? Is there a responsible action society can take to prevent the mentally unworthy from gun ownership?

Can gun lovers understand that not every experience with guns is a testosterone filled joy ride? Can the rural gun lover comprehend the terror guns wreak in other parts of the country?
 

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CNN) -- A man was shot dead and his wife wounded after an argument over texting in a movie theater Monday afternoon in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
The suspect, Curtis Reeves, is a retired Tampa police officer, Nocco said. He will be charged with second-degree homicide, according to Nocco.
Nocco identified the victims as Chad and Nicole Oulson, who he said were sitting in a row in front of another couple. An earlier release from the sheriff's department said the shooting occurred before a showing of the movie "Lone Survivor."
"There was an altercation because the victim was using his cell phone. He was texting," Nocco said. "This led to a verbal altercation, the verbal altercation escalated."
Reeves pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and as Nicole Oulson raised her hand, the shooter fired once, Nocco said.
A witness said the shooting happened during previews to the movie. Charles Cummings told reporters that Chad Oulson sat two seats from him and his son. Reeves was upset by Oulson's cell phone use and the two argued, Reeves then got up and left the theater for a brief time, Cummings said.
"He came back very irritated," Cummings said. Nocco told reporters that the shooter had gone to report the encounter to an employee.
The two men started arguing again and the cell phone user told the other man he was just texting his daughter, Cummings said. A few silent seconds elapsed and the argument started again.
Nocco said Oulson confronted the shooter about going to the theater employee.
Cummings said the argument got louder.
"Their voices started going up. There seemed to almost be a confrontation," Cummings said. "Somebody throws popcorn; I'm not sure who threw it. And then bang, he was shot."
The victim staggered over and fell on Cummings and his son. A nurse who was in the theater performed CPR on the victim until the paramedics arrived, said Cummings, who like his son, had spatters of blood on his clothes.
The shooter sat down and put the gun on his lap, and an off-duty deputy from Sumter County who was there to watch the film made sure the shooter didn't leave.
Nocco said Reeves was at the theater with his wife, and there was no indication that the two couples involved knew each other.
The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. inside one of the theaters at the Grove 16 complex, sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said.
"This was an isolated altercation between two guests that escalated unexpectedly. The safety, security and comfort of our guests and team members are always our top priorities, and we are truly heartbroken by this incident," Cobb Theatres, which operates the Grove complex, said in a written statement.
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Well, that's the last text he'll ever send.

Guns protect no one. Owning a gun just makes it dramatically more likely that you or someone you know and love will be the first victim.
The shooter didn't get killed. And I don't really think he loved the victim. Just sayin'.
 

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Money to be made through marketing a cell phone with a small-caliber pistol concealed inside. Especially handy when some mugger demands your smartphone. Should only need to be one-shot capable.
Along side the flashlight.
 

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Popcorn was thrown, folks.

Popcorn was thrown.
So he was standing his ground?

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Wow, how about that. The murderer is one of the people supposedly trained and knowledgeable about weapons and laws and stuff. Why is concealed carry such a great thing again?

A bad guy with a gun stopped a good guy with a phone.

Someone wanted to know if the theater was posted, 'no guns allowed'.

Seriously? What would the poster say?

WARNING
Armed Lunatics
at large on these
premises.

Enjoy the movie and
don't forget to
visit the snack bar.

BTW, did anyone else notice that the "good samaritan" who disarmed and detained the suspect seems to have done so without the assistance of any weapon? Seems like we've seen that happen before. :eusa_whistle:

And that was a stupid thing to do.
 

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I know how Reeves felt. In a darkened theater, cell phone light is quite distracting. People who use them during a movie are rude assholes with little regard for people around them...just like most smokers. I haven't had the urge to shoot some one for texting in a movie theater but I have thought about flinging a cup of ice cold soda over them and their phone. Sorry but my sympathies are reserved for people who don't offend others.
 

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Why don't some people see the connection between guns and gun violence?

Is it because, to them, guns are big fun? Do they see guns as a great leveler? If so, do they understand that mental instability plus guns does not level anything, but tip the balance to the mentally frazzled?

Would it be fair to ban the mentally and emotionally underdeveloped from gun ownership?

Are gun rights infringed by asking then mentally and emotionally challenged to be excluded from gun ownership? Does public safety trump gun ownership? Is there a responsible action society can take to prevent the mentally unworthy from gun ownership?

Can gun lovers understand that not every experience with guns is a testosterone filled joy ride? Can the rural gun lover comprehend the terror guns wreak in other parts of the country?
Curtis Reeves, is a retired Tampa police officer
 

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