Did Cinemark Anti-Gun Policy Contribute to the Carnage at Colorado Theater?

The Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado is owned and operated by Cinemark Holdings Inc.  According to the company’s website:

  • “Our circuit is the third largest in the U.S. with 298 theatres and 3,895 screens in 39 states.
  • We are the most geographically diverse circuit in Latin America with 161 theatres and 1,286 screens in 13 countries.
  • During the year ended December 31, 2011, we ranked either #1 or #2 by box office revenues in 24 of our top 30 markets.”

Like a report on WND, I scoured the Cinemark website for their policy on firearms and could not find any mention of it.  However, when I did a search online, I found the same blogs that WND found from people who were told that the theater company had a no gun policy.  Several of them were asked to put their guns in their vehicles before being allowed to enter the theater, even though the person had been given permission by the manager on duty.  See:

Where have you been asked to leave, kicked out of or beeb[sic] ban from?

Escorted by police out of Cinemark-Moosic location

Cinemark Theaters

Cinemark Theatres Posted No Concealed Guns`

Was asked to leave a Cinemark theater

Cinemark in Newgate Mall

Louisville,KY Cinemark Tinseltown

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if one or more movie goers had been carry concealed weapons that night in Aurora?  Could they have possible used those weapons to take James Holmes down and prevent some of the shootings from happening?  I guess we’ll never know, but one thing we can be certain of is that no one had the chance find out.

While anti-gun advocates like New York Mayor Bloomberg and others are once again screaming for more gun control, I am advocating that less gun control could have possibly reduced the number of victims and saved lives.  I am a strong advocate that if more law abiding citizens carry a gun, the fewer of them will fall victim to violent crimes.