Movie Theater Solution to Preventing Mass Murder by Guys with More Guns Than Rambo? Search Women's Purses

The Colorado shooter had an armory of weapons that wouldn't fit in any purse. And need I point out that he was a he?

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Gosh, I feel so much safer now that teenage ticket takers at the Regal chain of movie theaters have been directed by corporate chieftains to search the purses of their female customers.

Responding to the horrible, Colorado movie-theater murders, the Regalites say they've begun rummaging through movie-goers' purses to protect us from… well, from what? The Colorado shooter had an armory of weapons that wouldn't fit in any purse. And need I point out that he was a he? Yet, Regal's rummaging is reserved for women, even though practically all mass shootings have been by the male species.

Why should anyone surrender their privacy just to see a movie? Yes, we essentially get strip searched to board an airplane these days – but even that's of very dubious value, and at least it's done by trained security personnel. What's a 17-year-old, low-wage, untrained corporate hiree going to do if he or she pokes into a purse and finds a Ruger Semiautomatic? Shriek? Wrestle the owner to the floor?

Also, if customers packing heat have a concealed handgun permit, won't they have to be waved through – and maybe even given a free popcorn for being "authorized" gun toters?

Has our "Land of the Free" become such a scaredy-cat nation that we'll succumb not merely to a police state – but to the authoritarian folderol of a corporate state that feels entitled to rifle through our personal belongings as the price of entry into a movie? The good news is "no."All across our country, women are walking away from Regal's pretentious abrogation of our people's Fourth Amendment rights. "I don’t think we should be searched, not without a cause," said a spunky Austin movie-goer, putting the Constitution over Regal – and putting a smile on the faces of Jefferson, Madison, and the other Founders who established our right to be free of such ridiculous searches.

"Purse searches at movies go too far," Santa Fe Mexican, August 23, 2012.

"Purse search turns of movie goer," , August 17, 2012.

Populist author and radio commentator Jim Hightower writes The Hightower Lowdown, a monthly newsletter chronicling the ongoing fights by America’s ordinary people against rule by plutocratic elites. Sign up at