- Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Nashville movie theater incident newest reminder of how guns take economic toll we tend to ignore
- She says effects include work hours lost, consumers scared away. Business should step up to address.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and a specialist in 20th-century European history. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Last month, a gunman in a Louisiana movie theater killed two people and injured nine others before shooting himself with a gun he'd legally purchased. On Wednesday, a man with what looked like a real semi-automatic pistol in a Nashville movie theater sprayed patrons with pepper spray and hit one with a hatchet before police -- apparently believing he had a real gun -- shot him dead.