Recently I went to a movie at the Regal Cinema in River Park.
I was astonished to see a man in a jump suit, shooting, in the lobby of a movie theater. I immediately went into high alert, until I noticed the shooter was shooting at a machine. There were several such games.
As I waited for other family members to arrive, I noticed several people being startled at the shooter.
After getting out of the movie, I asked to speak with a manager. She was surprised it was even a concern and shrugged, saying she would mention it to her manager. Somehow, I doubted that would happen.
In this day and age the theater must be a safe place. Shooting games in lobbies does not promote safety, nor does it promote that you care about people feeling safe.
I choose carefully what movies I watch. I believe video games, violent movies and ads for movies showing multiple traumas in seconds all impact the escalation of violence in our society. Do your part. Remove all shooting games from public spaces in movie theaters.
Karen D. Wood