|Dirty Harry, celluloid phony
They don't seem to understand he is a fictional character, or that all of his words and actions were first written down in a script, or that the scene was short several times and a director chose the one he liked best, or even that a film editor cut and spliced the scene to achieve the desired effect. For them, Dirty Harry and all of his words and actions are real. How do I know this? I listen to the people around me, those associates I work with, and now and then those boneheads on TV who want to be deemed voices of authority. As one example I'll give you a large woman I work with me. After the Aurora shootings I found her standing in the lunch room reading a comment by that horse's ass Louie Gohmert. She actually said, "if I'd been there, I'd have taken out my gun, drawn a bead on him and put him down." The trouble with this comment is that she didn't remember James Holmes was wearing body armor (big dumb shit duh). When I pointed this out she replied "well, I would have gotten down behind the seats, lifted my gun and fired in the direction his shots were coming from." When I pointed out she would not only have to contend with the volume of the movie, which was still playing, but with screams, and shrieking and wailing of 200 plus movie goers she looked at me blankly. I also noted that the people in her row would run right over her, that she would actually become a speed bump in their exit from the theater. Even though you could see she was absolutely clueless about what that night must have really been like, she remained adamant, she would have taken out the shooter and been a heroine.
People don't understand. They want to see themselves standing along in the Dirty Harry spotlight. They want to say "make my day," and read my lips." They need to learn that owning a gun and knowing how to use it does not make you wise. It just means they have a lethal weapon in their possession, and in the wrong hands that weapon can unexpected kill a lot of people. Until they have actually been in this type of situation, they need to keep their mouths shut.