Could a Flashlight Have Stopped the Batman Shooter?

Probably not.

But could it have disabled his vision long enough for the person using it to make an escape?

Possibly.

I’ll let the video tell the story [NOTE: I’ve cropped out the pointless intro and pointless epilogue where he starts swearing for no reason.]


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Personally, I’ll add that if you’re using a flashlight to blind an assailant, you’ll probably want to hold it at arms length, off to the side, using your non-dominant hand, on the off chance that it’s not bright enough to disorient your assailant and he shoots at it.

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13 Comments

  1. Saw him on Megyn Kelly’s show. That beam would blind an assailant and in the case of the theater people could have rushed him and subdued him…. or kicked his face in.

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  2. A blind person could easily shoot 50 people in a crowd so I don’t get the point. Now if the cops had beat him to death with their flash lights, as he tried to escape, that would have been a far better outcome. (after he told them about his apartment).
    Who knows, maybe that’s why he told them in the fist place, good old fashioned torture. I sure hope so.

    Why is it we can drop a bomb from a drone on some Arab who may or may not have done anything but this guy can’t be executed tomorrow? He’s probably killed more Americans than most terrorists.

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  3. Provided the light is the lazer on the top of your handgun, it could work fine to stop the shooter.

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  5. Every war movie I ever saw where someone points a searchlight at the enemy always has the enemy shooting out the light.

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  6. These are not perfect but would be better than nothing. A half second flash would leave one seeing spots for a minute. Maybe enough time to be rushed.

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  7. A half-second flash with the laser out of a Blue-Ray drive would give you years to rush the idiot.

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  8. If you’re talking about holding the flashlight in your left hand to illuminate the jackass while shooting him with the gun in your right hand then I’m all for it. Otherwise, that flashlight wouldn’t do any good if the nutjob had decided to kill everyone in McDonalds instead of in the movie theater. So, he can keep his flashlight, and I’ll keep the 2nd amendment.

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  9. Question for the room: Has anyone here experienced the effects of CS teargas?

    Because that was what was deployed by this shooter, who, again, was kitted out with a gas mask along with his ballistic SWAT gear.

    So, flashlights, klieglights, Fresnels, penlights or lasers are all fine, but if we’re going to indulge our whatifferies and game theory this thing, let’s do it with as many facts as are known to have existed during this event. The use of law-enforcement-grade, high-capacity teargas cannisters being one of them.

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  10. Yep. Done tear gas. you can shoot back in it. It takes willpower to control your body for less than a minute to accomplish your purpose before you give in to the running around screaming.

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  11. Bunker, if you are claiming he was wearing body armor, HE WAS NOT. He wore a tactical vest, which couldn’t stop a projectile from a pellet gun. It is essentially the same type of get up that photographers use to carry film canisters, or civilian shooters wear to the pistol range to carry magazines. No armor capability at all.

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