I sent this letter to the management of Capital 8 Theater to express my sincere disappointment in their establishment.
On May 4 my fiancÃ© and I decided to tour the Capitol building, have dinner, and catch the new "Iron Man 3" movie at the theater. The day went perfectly until we emerged from the theater following the show. As we were getting into our car, I spot a man across the parking lot dressed in full assault gear carrying what appeared to be an M4-style assault weapon and a 9mm handgun.
Being a retired soldier who suffers from PTSD as a result of service in three different combat zones, I can't tell you the emotions that were sparked by this sight. My fiancÃ© said "Jump in the car and let's get out of here."
Knowing that everyone inside wouldn't stand a chance, I handed her the keys, told her to get into the car and if she heard anything to get out of there and call the cops. I then tracked the man inside the theater. I watched as he made his way through the crowd at the ticket line and was soon relieved to see him take up a position next to another person dressed in an Iron Man costume.
I can't believe that with everything going on in this country, from the Denver theater shooting and the more recent Newtown shooting, that they could be so callous as to parade a man dressed in such gear through a crowded theater. I can't tell you the emotions that surged through me as I tracked this man into the theater. You have obviously never felt the sheer terror of combat or suffered the effects of PTSD.
I would ask that in the future, they consider recent world events before deciding to subject your public to these types of publicity stunts.