Yes, that is what happened. A retired police officer named Curtis Reeves got so mad about young father Chad Oulson texting his young daughter during a movie, he shot the poor guy and his wife. Mr. Oulson was unarmed and is now dead, because he loved his daughter and texted her while he and his wife went out on a short date.

The murderer in this case was a highly trained public safety professional, and on the face of it would seem an unlikely person to just up and kill a man over such a petty thing as texting. That being the case, we all might want to think very hard about carrying guns with us in public places. Had Mister Reeves been carrying, say, mace instead of a .380, he would have been just as safe, and Mister Oulson’s daughter would still have her daddy.

But because Curtis Reeves is like so many Americans (cowardly little wussies who are too s***-scared to go to a friggin’ movie without a cannon jammed down their trousers), a cute young preschooler will have to live the rest of her life without her father, and her mother will have to raise her alone. All for no good reason.

The lesson here, friends, is that a “well-regulated militia” does not = a “bunch of idiots running around with handguns 24/7”. There ARE places in our country in which one would be advised to have a weapon; but a movie theatre during a matinee in a good neighborhood is not one of them. We have the right to keep and bear arms, and we also have the obligation to use that right responsibly.

And because some scaredy-cat old coot did NOT use his Second Amendment rights in a responsible manner, a grieving widow and her toddler are weeping over the loss of the man they loved. A loss that should not have happened. A loss that would not have happened if the old fart had been a good citizen, used his brain, and left his handgun locked up in the gun safe.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky