The smart side of me says I should just bow out of this conversation and let you guys have fun but...
I kinda sorta purposely picked a career where I don't find myself in shady spots or sketchy neighborhoods at midnight. I also typically don't find myself out and about in those areas either. I tend to find myself in places where the odds of crap going down a bit better then the places you speak of. Again, I do this by choice... If you choose a career that finds you having to carry a weapon for self protection that isn't military or law enforcement related I really hope you're being compensated enough for what you do.
The Colorado shooting is an example of why it's a good idea to carry. No amount I smarts would get people out of that. That's a situation of shoot or be shot! It's becoming more prevalent in "safe" areas too.
I'd argue that 99% of the people that CCW if they were in that theater would've been up the creek. IF YOU BELIEVE THE REPORTS, a shooter that walks into a dark theater, pops off a smoke bomb or tear gas and starts unloading... Enjoy figuring out when you have a clear shot in a dark room with I'm assuming a packed to the house theater going absolutely insane since it was opening night and there's gun shots. The chaos that probably went down inside that theater was probably to the level that anyone but the best trained would've had probably as much chance of hitting an innocent then they would've the assailant.
We can all be arm chair quarterbacks but if you really truly think you would've been effective in that size of a panic/chaotic situation I hope you don't find yourself there or at least I hope I'm not anywhere in range of where your barrel is pointing... Dark room, flashing lights from the screen, gas/smoke in the air, people running like crazy and just some flashes in the darkness and you're going to effectively target that person without worry of what's between you and them or behind or to the sides?
If I was carrying I'd rather have taken my chances with crawling my *** out on the floor rather then drawing his attention my way.
I know when I took my CCW class and the couple other classes I took the instructor asked... "If you're carrying, you have to decide if you're willing to take another persons life to help a complete stranger. If you are willing to do that you also have to accept the repercussions which will come with your actions doing so." That sunk in pretty deep with me. I'm not rambo, I'm also not a hero. IF
I have a weapon I'd use it to protect myself, friends, family but a complete stranger, sorry, I'm moving on. Call me selfish, call me heartless, dgaf... It's my choice when and where to act. If you do act, hopefully you're dead nuts on with your sights and trigger control in a panic situation and hopefully when you're in court the judge sees your side of the story rather then the other even if in your eyes you feel you were being the hero and saving the life. They might, they might not...
Like I said, I probably should've just bowed outta the conversation but ehhh, what the heck, why not...
I'll be at the sams town theater tonight completely unarmed without fear or worries. My biggest worry honestly will be the amount of butter I know my friend is going to want to put on her popcorn. If the crazed dude walks in. I guess I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, hopefully me, my friend and her 2 sons get out alive. I'm betting though, we just watch a movie and go home. I'm more concerned with the 1.5 mile drive to and from the theater myself! Boulder highway has some insane drivers!!! We'll be wearing our seat belts for sure!