Walt Disney World Resort: Guns Missing?
Let me pontificate: Do NOT complain about security. That is all.
Case in point, an item in the Orlando Sentinel today: Disney World tourists report missing guns; one was replaced with stapler.
Guns Go Missing At Walt Disney World
After coming back from a weeklong Walt Disney World vacation, a Texas man checked the glove compartment in his pickup and noticed the case where he normally kept his gun felt strangely lighter.
Marshall Fox pulled it out, expecting to see his .45 caliber semi-automatic. Instead, it was gone, and a thief had left a stapler in its place, Fox reported to Orange County Sheriff’s office Monday.
What the ever-loving-heck? First, why does someone have a gun on Disney property. And, who is stealing said gun? Keep the stapler.
More from the story:
In the other reported case, the last time a 35-year-old Missouri man remembered seeing his gun was in the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom, he told the sheriff’s office June 30.
But Kristoffer Lumby’s trip had been a six-day whirlwind.
Lumby park hopped, stopping at all four Walt Disney World parks, and the Magic Kingdom twice, and went to Disney Springs…
Lumby told the Sentinel he suspected the gun had been stolen and wondered if it happened on the day his parking pass went missing off the mirror while parked at Hollywood Studios.
He usually brings his gun on long trips “for safety reasons, you never know,” he said. And he didn’t want to leave the weapon behind at his rental home, so he left it in his vehicle.
“I put it away and didn’t even think about it,” Lumby said. “It wasn’t until we were leaving, I realized it was gone.”
Disney did not comment, pending further investigation, but noted policy that prohibits “firearms, ammunition, knives and weapons of any kind” at Walt Disney World Resort.
Leave The Weapons Home
You never know? [SMH]
This reminds me of 1993, when a burly police seargent greeted Boston University’s freshmen Class of 1997 with the admonition [cue Boston accent], “Leave the weapons at home. We don’t need weapons here.”
In pre-9/11 (pre-Oklahoma City) Boston, all of us children laughed in our youthful smugness. “Who needs that kind of reminder or rebuke?” But it’s really no laughing matter.
And not now; especially with my (your, everyone’s) kids in attendance.
Of course, I’d like to think that everyone coming to a Disney Park would take the message of “It’s a small world…” to heart and embrace the moments therein as peacefully as possible.
Heck, I’d like to think whoever is stealing the guns is replacing them with staplers in a sort of nega-Batman vigilante thing.
But the world simply doesn’t work like that.
SO, when you are next in line for bag check and/or metal detection at Disney World or Disneyland, be sure to really THANK the people who are working to keep us safe and save your gripes for the queue for lines.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this one. However, I again ask, “Do you feel safe at Disney?”