Dark Knight Shooting Raises Fears, Questions

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One gunman and one crowded theater.

At least 12 dead and dozens injured, several seriously.

In Aurora, Colorado, suspected gunman James Holmes, reportedly wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest, opened fire during a midnight showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

The number of deaths and injured isn't confirmed. As information become available the figures could change up or down. But no matter what the final numbers are, there is one definitive: It's a tragedy.

The Friday morning massacre at the Century 16 in Aurora took place 19 miles away from Columbine High, where a two teenagers killed 12 and injured dozens before killing themselves in April 1999.

Patch blogger Robert Marrujo recently provoked a discussion about cleanliness and safety at our own . Should we be afraid to go out?

The Aurora incident unfortunately makes us wonder about the security of "soft targets" like theaters, malls and school events that are gathering locations with little security, making them easy targets for madmen or terrorists.

What do we do?

  • Install metal detectors everywhere?
  • Outlaw and confiscate guns?
  • Ban sensational coverage to discourage copycat?
  • Rethink the moral values of our society?
  • Throw up our hands?

Join the discussion.

Marga Lacabe July 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
In San Leandro, the staff recommendation would be to ban chicken farms. Really. Last year we had a shooting on a parking lot outside a warehouse that had been rented out, illegally, for a pay-to-attend party. So what does staff do to address the issue? They draft an ordinance that says that all "places of entertainment in town" that serve food or drinks, must get a license approved by the Chief of Police in order to show *any* entertainment. Of course, this means that party promoters won't have to get a license, after all they are not serving food or drinks. BUT, the Viva Portofino restaurant will have to go to that trouble and expense to get an Opera singer to entertain their guests.
Leah Hall July 20, 2012 at 05:54 PM
"Many victims of today's tragedy were fans of science fiction/fantasy. They stood in line to be the first to see, to be inspired, and to escape. As a community of dreamers, we mourn this terrible tragedy and this senseless taking of innocent life." --George Takei (My prayers for the dead, the survivors, the gunman. -L)
Dan Meyers July 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Roberts rant about the theatre wasn't about safety or cleanliness. He was crying about people talking during movies. This tragedy in Colorado goes beyond just that. How does James Holmes, how does this madman get a hold of all those guns? How does someone conceive and execute such a heinous act? It's an incredibly sad event.
Tom Abate (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I am more saddened by why. The weapon is one thing. The willingness to inflict harm on others for no reason is another.
Leah Hall July 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I appreciate your words, Tom. Thank you.
Carol Parker July 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
KCBS news is reporting that he was a neuroscience grad student. They are further reporting that he booby-trapped his apartment with bottles of liquid, thought to be explosives. It may take hours or days to deal with the apartment situation. They are also reporting police in SF and elsewhere in the Bay Area have beefed up patrols at the Metreon and other theatres showing the movie.
Carol Parker July 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This may answer some of the "why"... http://gma.yahoo.com/colorado-batman-movie-shooting-suspect-phd-student-085940589--abc-news-topstories.html
Leah Hall July 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
"You know what to do." upworthy.com How you can help victims of the Aurora shooting - share this information Aurora Mental Health Center: http://upwr.me/giveamhc Thrive With Confidence Foundation: http://upwr.me/givethrive Bonfils Blood Center ($$): http://upwr.me/givebonfils Bonfils Blood Center (Blood): http://upwr.me/bloodbonfils Mile High Red Cross: http://upwr.me/coredcross
Leah Hall July 20, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Children's Hospital Colorado Family support line: 720-777-2300 Aurora Police Department Has opened a tip line for information on victims or the incident itself: 303-739-1862
David Ross July 21, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Typical over-reaction. What happened in Aurora is an anomaly. So what happens? Police and politicians across the nation over-react to give the appearance of security by increasing police appearances at theaters. There's also the call for more gun laws. Hey, politicians and other brain deficient people, listen closely. I'll type slower so you can follow. Those that use guns to purposely kill people are criminals. Restricting law abiding people from having guns will not prevent criminals from having them. In fact, I believe that had just one law abiding person had a gun the the massacre may have been less horrific.
vince July 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
There are always going to be wack jobs in this world and face it were not in the 50,60,70 anymore people have no respect for others anymore and it is just going to get worse gun or no guns it don't matter it the sign of the times.. If they ban guns people will find other weapons to use guns a not the problem it's the people ..
Bob July 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Any event like this is a real tragedy. I feel sorry for those who lost friends or loved ones, especially for those who witnessed it. I agree with Tom in that the action and the weapon are seperate issues. If it wasnt a gun, this guy would have tried to use bombs, maybe even fire. Who knows. I dont agree if more people had more guns in the theater the damage would have been less.
Gary Allsebrook July 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I simply cannot fathom why the bodies haven't been removed for such a long time. I can't begin to imagine the added distress to the families and loved ones. Even if there were people in the audience with concealed carry, they would have a difficult time with a heavily armored person (the $64 here isn't where he got the guns but the body armor - that's typically not available to civilians). But they might have been able to throw him off balance enough to save some lives. It was a CCW holder that saved many lives, also in Colorado, at the church when a wack job went there after going to WYWAM. Banning guns almost always restricts the rights of law abiding citizens. Most criminals don't shop at the local gun store. There is a reason why people MUCH smarter than todays politicians enacted the Second Amendment. All we get today are knee-jerk reactions that restrict the rights of honest citizens. The larger the population grows, the more demented people there are going to be, add that to people willing to kill themselves and others because of radical religious beliefs and this will undoubtedly be our "new normal".
Rob Raistlin July 22, 2012 at 04:26 AM
As a gun owner and enthusiast, I have to agree with Gary. More rules and laws will only affect law abiding citizens not the criminals who give gun owners a bad name. Anything politicians do is just to take advantage of people's fears just so they can use free media coverage especially during an election year.
Lisa July 22, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Where the heck does a grad student get the funding for all those guns, ammo, gear, etc? My guess is his parents.


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