It happened last Thursday at a movie theater in Westlake in Cuyahoga County. A 37 year old white guy bought a ticket to the new Batman Movie and entered the theater before anyone else. The theater manager asked an off duty policeman to speak to Mr. Smith, who explained that his bag held some guns and knives, just in case somebody else decided to shoot up the audience. Somewhat dubious, the officer arrested Smith, who later was charged with some weapon violations, 21 in number, for the 2 guns with extended clips that he carried, as well as 19 more scattered around his house. Smith's bail is at 250,000. apparently part of his problem is that he was on a certain prescription med at the time of his arrests that is apparently not okay in Ohio for people carrying a gun. Smith will of course claim he was not aware of this.
So we really have no idea if this guy was indeed a vigilante waiting for Mr. Crazy to enter the theater. Could be. But on the other hand, it's not really a stretch to think he could have been a copycat for the Aurora massacre. Do we see a problem with this event? The concept of defending citizens in public places with vigilantes carrying concealed weapons has some problems. Are we planning to let just anyone do it? Getting a concealed weapon permit is not that hard. We had a guy in Virginia a few years back who killed most of his family with gunfire. He had concealed carry. Then let's assume we get situation in a theater in which 4 guys randomly show up carrying a concealed handguns with the intent of defending the public. Most folks have better things to do than devote every weekend evening to this, but let's pretend. All 4 are eyeballing each other frantically for two hours. Figure that all 4 are smart enough to not fire first?
I just don't see vigilantes like Zimmerman or Smith the solution mass murder in America. Sorry. They are not "high caliber" prospects.