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Dark Knight Shooting Raises Fears, Questions

What do you make of the mayhem at the movie theater in Colorado? Join the discussion and take our poll.


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.

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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