Let Their Be Guns! in the movie theater, to shoot noisy people

From the New York Daily News:

A man enraged by a noisy family sitting near him in a movie theater on Christmas night threw popcorn at the son and later shot the father in the arm, police charged.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, of Philadelphia, first told the victim’s family to be quiet, then threw popcorn at the man’s son, police said. The victim told police that Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot.

Detectives called to the United Artists Riverview Stadium theater in South Philadelphia found Cialella in the complex still carrying the weapon — a .380-caliber handgun — in his waistband, a police spokesman said.

The movie playing? The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The theater chain? Regal.

Happy New Year indeed.

Hattip to this tweet from Davidinindy.

16 thoughts on “Let Their Be Guns! in the movie theater, to shoot noisy people

  1. I am so late in thanking you for giving me (davidinindy) a Tweet credit as an inspiration for your post. I took a rather circuitous route getting here to find it. Thanks again.

  2. Ironically, I just returned from the movies (a Regal Theater no less in NYC) and came home to google “Noisy People in Movie Theaters” to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind. My entire movie experience was ruined when 2 gentlemen (I’m guessing one in his 40s and another in his 60s) proceeded to talk during the entire movie. They were in my row and the theater was packed so I couldn’t change my seat. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I had a gum chewer next to me who sounded like a cow! I hate to say it, but I flashed back to that shooting incident in Philly, where I used to live. While I’m not condoning shooting people who talk in movies, there’s got to better enforcement by the movie theater personnel to get rid of these people from the get go. I find it ironic that as movie ticket prices continue to rise, the movie etiquette continues to get worse.

  3. Not worth shooting a person over, some people like to rile people up. I went to movie once with a talker and he really freaked me out. I said, “don’t talk it really annoys people”, he said “I do not care”. I never went to movie with him again. It’s like a disorder or something, he did not even whisper he talked in a normal tone.

    Other very annoying habits, people that seek road rage, they get behind cars and bitch. It’s like a type of personality. The right to get annoyed the right to dramatize it and act it out.

    Not cool to take it that far, just isn’t, I do not like guns and do not like people that think it is ok to carry them into places like a theater. Did the shooter care that he ruined the experience for the entire theater? Some people got some emotional trauma from that obviously, particularly if it happened near them.

  4. In the title “Their” should be “There”. If you want people to even try to take your blogspam seriously, learn some grammar.

  5. This guy did what I have thought of doing for years. I’d love to buy him a beer. People do not have any sense at all anymore for the consideration of others. Good, I’m very glad this idiot was shot.

  6. I personally have thought about shooting some people at the theater myself. I would never do it, but there sure are a lot of people that seem to do it these days. Makes going to a theater nearly impossible to enjoy, regardless of the movie, regardless of the city, what’s wrong with people these days?

  7. The people disrupting everyone’s enjoyment of a movie are inconsiderate in the extreme. It is a symptom of the “gimme,” “me first, last and always” culture we’ve allowed to develop.

    Nothing excuses the shooter. It’s alarming to see so many people sympathizing with a man who used a firearm on another human being – and for no more reason than he disrupted a movie.

    With SO MANY Americans able to accept that the shooter was somehow justified, it’s pretty scary to think that these attitudes go hand in hand with greater efforts to liberalize gun ownership.

    Nobody asks what this dude was doing toting a gun when all he was doing was taking in a movie.

    We have become more and more visceral, more and more bestial, every year, and reactions in favor of this dude are telling me we have reached a crisis point.

    It isn’t safe to live in America any more. Not when the public can approve – and laugh at – a shooting of this kind. One comment showing approval might mean nothing, but I’ve checked some other sites and found that almost HALF of them favor the shooter.

    We’ve really gone downhill, and VERY fast.

    Will we also accept shooting someone who keeps interrupting you in a conversation? Or who says something the others in the group disagree with? Anyone who can justify shooting another person for ANY reason other than genuine self-defense, isn’t civilized. If enough of us become uncivilized, goodbye to America. And many of these people are doing MORE than justifying it – they’re applauding it.

    The sickness in our culture is FAR worse than I’d thought. The offending family shows us how far we’ve come from basic decency and consideration toward our fellow humans – i.e., basic good manners. But the shooter showed us something much worse – the easy use of deadly violence to deal with life’s minor irritations.

    I don’t recognize this “new” America. It’s alien to everything democracy stands for. Not to mention terminal to democracy itself.

  8. I think its one of those things that happend that we all think about that we might do if that happened to us. Theres not justification for it but then again we maintain a certain amount of glee when we hear of such things!

  9. I don’t condone what the nut with the gun did – but in a way I don’t blame him either.

    This incident is yet another symptom of people being so hellbent on exercising their real or perceived rights – and forgetting that those rights need to be tempered with exercising responsibility toward others.

    Our society’s become so selfish and barren of self-control that things like this have become almost destined to happen. 😦

  10. Wow!! This nut shots someone with a .38 and then hangs around for the fuzz to pull up? I feel sorry for the gun…that was a nice piece that he’ll never see again. Maybe I can adopt the gun from the police inpound. Crazy white folk I swear!

  11. Shalom Jill,

    The main reason I very rarely go to a theater to see a movie anymore is the ever increasing number of people who think they’re home in front of their television and feel free to hold conversations, shout at the screen and make it impossible to enjoy something I just paid $20 for.



  12. Anyone who persists in disrupting a movie for others in the theatre by talking too much deserves to get shot, or at least to get smacked good and hard upside the head. My sympathies are with the shooter this time.

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