With a recent killing tragedy that happened in Aurora, Colorado, families and individuals are still mourning the loss of the murdered victims and some are still trying to make sense of what occurred. The wounds are still fresh and the pain still throbbing; yet, one man chose to play on people’s fears. On Sunday, July 22, one man was arrested for threatening to shoot people during a movie screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Norwalk, California.
The panic, the fear, and the confusion that must have amounted once the suspect announced his intentions must have been overwhelming. Clark Tabor had acted irrationally and carelessly when he was upset that the movie had not started yet. With remarks such as “Does anyone have a gun?” and “I should go off like Colorado,” it is no surprise that Tabor was arrested. The pain and fear is still fresh from the Colorado shooting that occurred on early Friday morning, July 20. With such a recent tragedy, it was a very thoughtless and brash manner that Tabor acted in.
Tabor was arrested for the threats he shouted out in the theater. He is charged with making criminal threats and is currently held on $50,000 bail. The 52-year old suspect was in a movie theater when he became frustrated that the movie had not started yet. It was around 5:15 p.m. when he held his cell phone in the air and began airing his threats. Surrounding movie-goers were afraid that Tabor would pull out a gun from the backpack he had with him. The witnesses were rightfully scared ever since the incident in Colorado had occurred. Since the arrest of James Holmes in Aurora, many individuals have been skittish and hesitant to watch the new Batman movie. There has even been a copycat arrested in Maine for trying to replicate the crime Holmes had committed in Colorado.
When Tabor began yelling his threats, a witness immediately called the police and reported the activity. This kind of action helps government officials greatly since they can stop any potential casualties before it happens.
When police officers found Tabor, he was kneeling on his knees in the second row of seats, wearing his backpack. There were no weapons found in his backpack, in the movie theater, or in any close surrounding areas. Officials have also searched the suspect’s house and found no weapons or explosives.
Even though he was not carrying any weapons, Tabor’s actions were still careless and caused suspicion. With a recent tragedy that has caused the nation to mourn, it was very thoughtless and insensitive to bring up the shooting in Colorado and to joke about getting a gun and repeating what happened in Aurora. Armed or unarmed, it is no laughing matter to joke about the safety of innocent bystanders.