The Parkland bus tour has hit a bump in the road. Soon after announcing the South Jordan, Utah, venue for its event, the owner of the movie theater complex that was going to host the forum withdrew from the agreement, saying the Saturday event “appears to be escalating into a potentially contentious situation.”
“When this event was initially booked, the full context wasn’t fully understood, and now it appears to be escalating into a potentially contentious situation where additional security will be required,” according to a statement from the Megaplex Theatres group.
If by contentious, the theater is referring to the fact that Utah Gun Exchange members have been following the Florida students—survivors of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—around the country, well, that’s just an example of an over-reaction as there have not been any signs of trouble.
Talk about a double standard. Why is it that the theater was OK with students touting their gun control message but hesitant that Second Amendment advocates might get a chance to say a few things?
“We support important and respectful dialogue on any issue that impacts our community,” the Megaplex Theatres statement said. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the theater’s owners support important and respectful dialogue that isn’t in line with their point of view.