Fair enough. The OT version is ambiguous, and Greedo's dialogue is unclear as to whether Greedo's about to kill him right then and there or let him plead his case before Jabba. I think that if the OT from the beginning had presented the scene along the lines of the SE or 2004 versions, then everybody would have enjoyed the film just the same without much impact upon how we look at Han. But at the same time, it's absolutely RIDICULOUS that GL felt he needed to change that scene once he already had it with Han shooting first. The fact of the change speaks volumes because it shows that GL himself felt the orginal was too rough and he wanted to whitewash it, make it kid friendly or whatever. And once you know that, it just becomes highly annoying and kind of insulting that we are being infantilized. So in my view, to understand this whole debate, you really have to think about it in terms of what the change symbolizes, and not simply whether, if we were all seeing the film for the first time, we would be bothered by the fact that Greedo shot first or simultaneously. Do you agree?
All of that said, I think it would be interesting to know what people said about this scene before the change was made. In the pre-SE era, did people talk about how badass Han was to shoot Greedo in cold blood? Or did that only become a focus after the change was made? When I used to watch the film as a kid, I always thought that Han was acting in self-defense (even if I didn't put it in those words!), but maybe not everyone did.