Prevent Violent Movie Theater Shootings

John Houser-Lafayette Police Department

Target: John Fithian, President and CEO of National Association of Theater Owners

Goal: Implement better security measures at movie theaters to prevent deadly shootings.

Twenty minutes into the movie “Trainwreck,” a 59-year-old gunman reportedly opened fire in the crowded theater, killing two people and wounding nine. Before fatally shooting himself, police say the gunman tried to escape by running into the crowd of people fleeing from the theater. When officers began reloading their weapons and firing into the crowd, the gunman reportedly went back into the theater and shot himself. This is the second shooting at a U.S. movie theater in less than three years. Urge movie theaters to increase security measures to help prevent these kinds of tragedies from occurring in the future.

One fatal shooting is one too many, but it’s obvious that dangerous people are now using movie theaters as targets when aiming to kill; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told news outlets that the shooter “…took his time, methodically choosing his victims.”

It is imperative we urge the National Association of Theater Owners to work toward implementing better security features in these closed-up theaters. Sign the petition below to urge all movie theaters to increase security measures to help prevent these deadly shootings.


Dear John Fithian,

A recent shooting in a Louisiana movie theater resulted in the death of two people. This is the third movie theater shooting in the United States since 2012; It’s clear that the lack of security in closed places like theaters make them easy targets for heartless individuals seeking to commit violent acts against innocent strangers.

It’s time to start considering how movie theaters can be made safer before more tragedies can occur. Please work toward implementing better cinema security so that these senseless tragedies don’t become commonplace.


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