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Shooting at Midnight Showing in Colorado Theater Leaves 12 Dead

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July 20, 2012
Source: CNN, AP

Aurora Movie Theater

It is with a great sadness that I must report on this tragic news, July 20th, the day The Dark Knight Rises opens. At a midnight showing of TDKR last night at the Century 16 in Aurora, Colorado, a "masked" gunman entered the movie theater and opened fire during the middle of an action scene, killing at least 12 people, wounding nearly 60 others. A very tragic, sad, infuriating story to have to wake up to this morning. The news arrived right around 2AM Colorado time, and has since been getting non-stop coverage on CNN with updates from AP & Denver Post. I am shocked anyone would want to do such a thing. Please stay safe!

Preliminary reports coming in from this morning are that a "heavily armed suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest" seemed to at first throw smoke "canisters" into multiple theaters during one of the early action scenes of The Dark Knight Rises midnight showings, confusing the audience into thinking it might even be part of an event. He then preceded to stand in front of the theater, firing shots into the audience. Details are too gruesome to even describe, but reports say in total "at least 12 people were killed and 50 wounded." Horrifying and tragic, to say the least. Police apprehended an armed suspect in a rear parking lot, described as an early 20s white male. "A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon [were also] found inside" one of the theaters. I'm still in shock that I'm even having to write about these details.

Responding quickly after being informed of the news, President Obama released a statement online:

"Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come."

While the situation is under control, details are coming together as to what actually happened and who is behind this. 9News reports "the suspect, after being captured by police, told authorities he had explosive materials in his apartment." His apartment is in the nearby neighborhood. Eyewitnesses explain the event as very eerie: "I saw a man walk in through the exit... He looked so calm when he did it. It was like scary. He waited for both the bombs to explode before he did anything. Then, after both of them exploded, he began to shoot." His motivation is still unclear. "He had no specific target. He just started letting loose," they say. That would have been beyond terrifying to experience, especially in the middle of a shoot-out action scene.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the friends and family of those affected by this. I'm still in complete disbelief, almost as if I'm going to wake up tomorrow and the release of TDKR is still going to be a bright, sunny day. I wish it were the case. Please, stay safe as you attended showings of The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. If you notice anything, mention it right away. Movies are meant to be enjoyed, an experience for everyone to be entertained by. It's our worst nightmare come true that something like this would happen, and I'm still saddened that I have to report on it. We'll keep you updated, hopefully with no more bad news.

Update: The Wrap reports Warner Bros is "watching the situation and still considering whether to take further measures beyond cancelling the Paris premiere, including cancelling screenings at theater chains." We don't expect them to cancel showings, but we do expect movie theaters to improve security, at least for this weekend. However, from Deadline, WB pulled the Gangster Squad trailer which features shooting inside of a movie theater. We've also heard that WB "is not canceling any screenings for The Dark Knight Rises, despite rumors." However, the studio is pulling all TV spots and radio ads at least for this weekend.

Update #2: TDKR director Christopher Nolan has released a statement regarding last night's tragedy:

"Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Dark Knight Rises,' I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

Well said (via Awards Daily). Chris Nolan is a class act, and we join him in expressing our condolences.

Update #3: Actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in TDKR, has also released a statement about the shootings (via THR), as they've also cancelled many international press events for The Dark Knight Rises.

"Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

They've also released a list of the names of the 12 people who have died as a result of these shootings via Yahoo News, the youngest of whom was a 6-year-old girl. Heartbreaking to hear. Details continue to come in about the gunman, and some bits of his history, but nothing else is being revealed until he appears in court on Monday. You can continue to follow updates on this tragic story at CNN or Google News from here on.

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  • dee
    Absolutely a very sad day today :( Sorry for all the losses and my heart goes out to all the families out there.
  • mrjzn
    My prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones. I hope the gunman rots in hell.
  • McWetty
    This is so tragic. It saddens me to see our culture of violence acting out like this. I hope that the person responsible is brought to justice.
  • Tey
    They should install metal detectors in theaters!
    • Ryderup
      Ok..? Because this is something isolated to movietheatres? How about removing the guns... or try to reach/find theese people before it's too late...
      • Jericho
        the shooter kicked in one of the exit doors in the back and tossed tear gas in..metal detectors would not be very useful, and he was dressed in riot gear so a lot of people thought it was all part of a show....
        • Tey
          How come no one inside the theater has a firearm for self defense? Or is gun control tight in Colorado?
          • Ryderup
            Yeah... bring more guns into the equation...
          • Brandon
            Bad guys are going to have guns no matter what, sadly. "Removing" guns only removes them from people that actually obey the law (the ones that would protect you instead rather than harm you).
          • Ryderup
            I don't buy that kind of argument. That is like saying "remove all laws regaridng alkohol and drugs because people misuing it will still be able to get it" With stronger guncontrol you get less crimes including guns. You will still get loons who get one, but alot more of them will not. Compare amounts of people being killed by guns in the US to Scandinavia for example. But obviously this guy had deep issues and would have put together a bomb or going crazy with a machete instead if he couldn't have gotten hold of a gun. No country have a social/safety net good enough to find these kind of people early so that these kind of things do not happen. Utoya in Norway is another example.
          • Brandon
            I'm sorry but your analogy is not even close. Logically, if you want to kill someone (break the law) you aren't going to abide gun control (follow the law). Me [good guy], I follow the law. Take away my guns, I won't have one [ I follow the law]. Bad Guy = hurts anyone, has gun no matter what. Good Guy = can't protect self or others, obeys law, no gun Still not get it?
          • Couch
            It has more to do with the source of the guns. Tougher gun laws mean fewer stolen guns, and fewer guns produced, which means fewer guns overall. I live in Canada, where the majority of gun crimes involve fire arms brought up from the States. It is more difficult to get guns in Canada both legally and illegally. It's hardly ideal, but it does work in a roundabout way.
          • Dominic A
            But , Brandon , his analogy IS close enough to : if u want to use drugs and TOO MUCH alcohol ( i.e. kill yourself and possibly those around you ) you aren't going to pay attention to drug possession/sale laws or protect your body - you're just going to do it ( NOT follow the law ). Hence : drugs are regulated or banned ; drunk driving laws enacted ; AA ; bartenders cutting you off ; etc. Why ? because people and the things they do need oversight . because of the NRA there is not ENOUGH oversight , so deranged people easily get access to military-grade firearms . And 9,000 !! rounds of ammunition . You have carry laws , aren't you regulated in the use of your gun ? So , why can't there be BETTER regulations on sale , unlawful possession , or source of ?? Another question : do u want an assault rifle ? or protective military garb while u carry ? I'm betting you're a peaceful member of society and don't need that . Don't we need a red flag raised for people that think they do , that seem to be acting like the soldiers they are not ?? In a free society , govt. has the responsibility for the safety of its people . There are very few wide-open , low-population spaces left in the country , which was partly the reason for a well-armed citizen militia . 4 military-issue guns and excess ammunition is irresponsible in a urban city area i.e. most of the USA .....
          • DAVIDPD
            Are you American (no sarcasm, just curious)? The fact is not many individual people here in the States actually own guns. The reason the statistics read so high for our country is that there is an extraordinarily high number of (registered) guns owned by a small amount of people. Plus, concealed carry permits are still relatively hard to get in most states, with the exception being Texas. To expect people running around with concealed firearms is just silly, while gun control in Colorado is not as tight as somewhere like California, its still reasonably easy to purchase firearms legally.
          • Tey
            No sarcasm. Thanks for the info. I guess the shooter doesn't have any license for his weapons. Haiz... why must every Dark Knight film be marred by tragedy? :(
          • Brandon
            It's not silly actually, it's also not hard to obtain the permit in several states so long as you don't have any felonies. In fact the only state where you can't in any way obtain a concealed weapon is Illinois, but of course Chicago is the safest place on Earth. I myself have a concealed permit, no I don't carry everywhere I go but sometimes I feel I should. I get angry and upset like anyone else but I would never use my firearm for anything but protecting myself and those around me. I didn't intend for this whole thing to be a gun debate, but why is it so hard for people to understand? When you "control" firearms you are ONLY controlling those who obey the law, in other words the folks that wouldn't hurt you in the first place.
          • Tey
            So what you are saying is something like "Not the weapon's fault, but the person who wields it?"
          • DAVIDPD
            Yeah, man. We're on the same page. Sorry I was not more succint with my comment. I did say relatively, in the sense, it takes more time and money. I meant it as it just takes more hassle, but is not hard to get.
    • Amaraen
      And that's how the craziness starts. First it's "Oh there should be metal detectors in movie theaters," and the next thing you know you have to go through a naked body scanner or get patted down before you can buy your popcorn.
      • leinergroove
        it's not practical. This, as horrible as it is, comes as a random act of violence. No sense in putting metal detectors or a police force in theaters. Well, at least I hope so.
    • Brandon
      If somebody had the twisted mind to slaughter innocent people, even small children, do you honestly think they give a damn about obeying security measures... by the way he kicked in the back door/fire exit (exactly where you WOULDN'T find a metal detector).
  • ...
    I wonder if the shooter got his inspiration from Rush Limbaugh and his genious claim about TDKR being a liberal conspiracy against Mitt Romney.
    • Jericho
      im waiting for some sick bastard to declare the guy was sent by Marvel.....
      • Richie G
        Seems like you got there first
        • Jericho
          yeah im now walking with my foot in my mouth.....
    • Amaraen
      Seriously?
      • #
        What?Is it that hard to believe that some nut takes his ramblings seriously?
        • Amaraen
          Yeah, it is hard to believe. The level of idiocy that someone would have to show in order to believe that nutjob would just be astounding. I realize that people can be seriously stupid but I just really hope I don't live in a world where someone could be that much of a moron.
          • pedestrian
            Sadly,the world is full of disturbed and broken people willing to take things to extremes.
    • Brandon
      Your type would use a tragedy like this to take a jab at conservatives. Classy.
      • ...
        Which type would that be?You presume I'm a liberal?Or just insensitive about this horrible event? Personally I don't equate Rush with conservatives. I equate him with crazy people.I don't have anything against conservatives as such. It's just speculation.I am trying to make some kind of sense of this tragedy.If talking about possible motives for this sad event makes me a horrible person,fine,I'm a horrible person.
        • Brandon
          I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you feel like a horrible person. I also never heard Rush thought the Batman movies were part of a conspiracy. It's all well and good you think Rush is crazy, but I don't think the shooter was a fan of Rush, Fox News or whatever. I think he was just some loser who wanted to go out in a blaze of glory. and just killing/hurting so many people, even kids! It's just unbelievable! I heard his mom knew he was a lunatic too. It's such a shame he wasn't stopped.
          • ...
            I don't mind if people take offense,it's a sensitive subject. Who knows what was the gunman thinking. I really don't care about Rush,but he had some outlandish rambling about Bane the movie villain and Bain Capital which employed Mitt Romney,ergo TDKR is a liberal conspiracy.I don't even care about politics but this was just wtf? Can't a movie be just a movie?I don't believe he even means it, it's just part of the act. And then this awful event happens.Not saying the two are connected just makes you wonder .
    • Brandon
      ...and you misspelled "genius" ;)
      • ...
        Yeah,I noticed after I posted the comment.But I could also say Rush does not deserve correct spelling.
  • Ryderup
    Very sad. But what is it with USA and crazy deathshootings... I don't see this happening in Sweden next wednesday.
    • Jericho
      something like this doesnt really happen as often as its made to believe in other countries so nobody saw this happening either
      • Anon
        not as often but often enough to make sensible people do something about your f**ked up 2nd amendment. pardon my french. it is not 1791. it doesnt take 10 minutes to fire a second shot anymore.
        • Brandon
          I don't think this shooter would have cared whether there was a 2nd amendment or not. His goal was to kill innocent people not obey the law.
          • Ryderup
            Easy access to guns and a "gun praising tradiition" gives you more killings. Compare the amount of deaths from guns in the US to Scandinavia for example.
          • brandon
            It's a different culture here, my friend. The most dangerous cities here in the states happen to be the places with the most strict gun laws. Thus, in those places, crime thrives, illegal guns are obtained and used. Criminals are prosecuted, given light sentences and then put right back out on the street, and the cycle continues. Not every state is the same over here, many states with lawful gun owners are pretty safe places to live with very low crime rates and extremely low violent crime rates. When viewing the U.S. you have to consider it state-by-state because each has it's own laws. Also, I must ask, what's the likelihood of being robbed in your country? Here it's really low, that is in my community. I can't say the same about Los Angelis, New York City, or Chicago.
          • Anon
            so you dont think that if it was tougher for him to get his hands on these guns this tragedy could be averted?
          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
            A Gun is a tool, like a wrench or a hammer, if no gun is available, a sick bastard will make a bomb, etc...clearly this guy had the know how given the report made so far...
        • SuicidalOptimist
          Yeah, outlaw guns completely. We all saw how well that kind of stuff worked during the prohibition or now during our war on drugs. Outlaw anything and you'll automatically create a black market for it. Do you really think criminals won't get their weapons through other means? And in the meantime law abiding citizens just sit there and watch as their houses get burglarized and their families violated. Ok. Btw, did you know that in Switzerland absolutely everybody carries a gun? As soon as you are legally an adult over there you go through a training period and eventually get a license and a handgun. Switzerland happens to be the "happiest country in the world" with little to no violent crimes at all. People don't attack other people when they know they are armed. So, as old and tried as it sounds it still holds true. Guns don't kill people; people kill people.
          • http://www.facebook.com/Breeze504 Kevin Lamar Ottison
            You don't have to outlaw guns but what the hell do regular people need with assault weapons used in military combat operations?
          • SuicidalOptimist
            Well, I can't give you a 100% reasonable answer to that. I was born and raised in Germany, I lived there for 30 years before moving to the US for my husband 5 years ago. I have never in my life even held a real gun in my hands let alone shot one. Now I live in an upper middleclass suburb of Detroit. I don't feel like I need a gun for protection here. But, I have friends that live closer to the city or just on the outskirts of it, and I can tell you some of those locations are pretty scary. I wouldn't want to live there without a gun for protection in my house when people get their cars stolen, houses broken into, and mugged in the streets on a daily basis. The people who own assault rifles are most likely the ones that have a permit, obey the law and only shoot their vast collection of weapons on a shooting range. I'd assume they just think they look kickass and want to collect them for that reason.
          • Anon
            im sorry i just had to say that your comments really do suit the name you picked
          • SuicidalOptimist
            Well, I'm surprised it took this long for personal attacks/passive aggressive insults to be thrown into the mix. Like you said, we're all entitled to our opinions, so I don't have a problem with your disagreement on my points. I know it's a very controversial subject. I'm fully aware that you and I will never come to a consensus other than killing people is bad no matter how it's "achieved". So let's just keep it at that.
          • Anon
            im sorry you felt that it was a personal attack or an insult. I just found it a little funny. i didnt mean to be rude. yes killing people is bad. as long as we agree on that were still good people.
          • Anon
            you are entitled to your opinion. to me its clear as day that tougher gun laws will lead to fewer innocents dying. you can believe all that you said. you have a right to after all.
          • Chapman
            The real problem with the US is not that so many people carry guns, or that they're so readily available. The problem is that people feel like they need them for protection. At least part of that is paranoia. Switzerland doesn't have any of the multitude of social ailments that the US does, that's why it has no gun crime. The number of guns in Switzerland is irrelevant. People opt for gun control, because it can make at least a slight dent in gun related crimes. Fixing everything else just seems like a lost cause.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    • hawk99
      but what about norway where one of the worst attacks ever happened. gun control made no different there: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/24/norway-strict-gun-laws-circumvented
      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
        Well said!
  • Jimmie O Bush Jr
    He wouldn't have lasted long inTexas, CHL country here.
    • Greedo
      But how many more innocents would have been hurt by random shots. One person shooting a gun in a theater is one too many.
  • leinergroove
    Ok guys, I really don't want to be the one who ask this, but since we are all in this forum for the love of the movies, I wonder... anyone has an opinion on how this f***cked up event is going to affect the performance of the movie? I mean, there was some hope that TDKR could top or at least go on par to Avengers. Now, what's the new scenario? People won't go to the theaters out of fear?
    • beevis
      under that thinking - nobody would EVER leave the house - accidents/ crimes can happen at any moment.....heck - you can stay home and have someone break in and murder you. i don't see why this affects the movie.
      • DAVIDPD
        I think what leinergroove was getting at was the fact Americans are a cautious breed. Although, this was most likely an isolated incident. Many out there will choose to believe there is a "real" danger in going out to see the movie. Remember after Columbine Massacre that fictitious "Trenchcoat Mafia", how people feared teens in trenchcoats? I think if anything, this tragedy will cause the first week to do slightly worse than the second, after everyone has said how good the movie is.
        • Ryderup
          Might be a small bump the first weekend but the american "we can't let the terrorists win!"-spirit will make the B.O even higher. Something similiar to the death of Heath Ledger and TDK.
          • DAVIDPD
            How exactly is this similar to the unintentional suicide of a drug abuser? This is a man who knowingly committed mass murder for no apparent reason. This is not terrorism, this is a sick individual who killed and injured innocent people.
          • LINKFX
            terrorism isn't necessarily crazy right wing islamists. Terrorism is just someone causing terror.
          • DAVIDPD
            Not quite. Terrorism is a tactic in coercion, meaning it is a means to an end. What this guy did was to kill people because he is sick in the mind.
          • Akirakorn
            @DAVIDPD: Didn't want to give the shooter the benefit of me addressing his BS. But yes, in this case he clearly had a motive in the realm of terrorism, in your definition of terrorism anyway. I agree terrorism is a tactic in coercion, it is meant to spread fear, panic, and effect the way of life of a population through fear. "A means to an end" to too broad/generalization of reasoning. Any thought out crime has a means to an end. Bank robbery, arson, etc. There was a means to an end here. He had body armor, surrendered to the police, chose a time/place where he could hide his mask/armor/weapons in plain sight, rigged his home. This was a carefully planned attack, whether it was intended to spread fear or just get attention remains to be seen.
          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
            way wrong
        • LINKFX
          that didn't seem to affect "the matrix", now did it?
          • DoomCanoe
            I remember how bad The Matrix sold here in colorado after Columbine. trust me it affected it
          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
            Matrix opened almost a month before Columbine, so was very little to affect its boxoffice
    • steven
      If someone pulls a gun on me I'll take them down if I get the chance.
    • hawk99
      In response to this horrible tragedy, the worst thing people could do is not go. To give into fear is to give into horrible people like this. This is a movie about terrorism and bad guys doing bad things. This tragedy only underscores the reality of what the film is trying to teach. Hope against evil, and the will to overcome it.
      • Akirakorn
        I agree, but I think the entire trilogy (haven't seen TDKR yet) is about hope against evil and the will to overcome it. Well said!
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
      There is no question it hurt the boxoffice, to nearly the tune of 15-20 million, its been reported the 3-day weekend was around 161 million, about 5 million less than TDK, experts were predicting at least 175 million...The movie has left a black eye on casual movie goers...My thought is that the bad pub will cost the film nearly 25-30 million in total gross...over its initial release
  • Danimal
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those victims. Completely heartbroken by this senseless act of violence. Nobody should have to fear something as enjoyable as going to the movies with their family.
  • Ashley Sargiotto
    This is a horrible tragedy. I've been watching the coverage all morning, it's never ending and now there is a bomb in the shooters apartment. My heart goes out to all the people and families affected by this. One of the 50 wounded posted his injury on reddit.com
  • SuicidalOptimist
    My God. This is just terrible. I don't even know what to say at this point other than I feel for the poor families of the victims. =(
  • Steven
    No words can express my anger to the gunman and my sorrow for the families of the victims. RIP I shall be sitting to the end of the credits in silence as a mark of respect.
  • Spideyfan84
    Tragic and horrible news, I'm not from US, but from here we send you our apologies and you are on our prayers. As Alex said, stay safe, be careful and keep strong, God have their souls now. We are with you and the families affected.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    I'll bet that the warning bells would have been ringing for that mental case years before he got to the movie theatre. The gun control arguments are pointless, America has guns, it won't ever not have guns, that's it.
  • jah p
    I want to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased from this tragic event. Nothing like this should ever happen.Theaters have always been my escape from everyday reality that you'd see on the news, right now I'm still in total shock! I will be seeing the movie tonight, with the tragedy fresh on my mind, I might not even be able to enjoy it as much as of now, but I will be in attendance, just in case Warner decides to pull the film from theaters after this weekend.
  • Xerxexx
    Tragic to say the least. These people did nothing to deserve this. I hope this psychotic suffers for the pain he caused.
  • me
    when darkness is upon us, we must rise
  • Steve
    This is a prime example of why we should have more people with a CHL. I carry everyday and I am an experienced shooter.
    • thaRiddler
      Damn straight!!!
  • silentjay
    my Thoughts and Prayers are with and for the people that lost there lives, those who are injured and there friends and families
  • jjboldt
    3 minutes from my house. Literally planned on seeing the 10:50 showing of Spiderman tomorrow morning with my oldest 2 kids and my dad. Feels so eerie searching for another theatre to see it at knowing why I'm looking for another theatre. Was just there 2 Saturday ago to see Brave will all 3 kids and my wife. Been there so many times. Feels too close.
  • DoomCanoe
    colorado native here, this was awful news to come home to after seeing such an awesome flick. best of luck to the families and friends of the victims
  • wattdefalk
    test
  • wattdefalk
    Why MUST the latest hideous psychotic violence SATURATE every media outlet for 24 hours? My mother grew up in Germany during World War II, and she taught me something we spoiled American brats have never learned: You have your own life to live, and you ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT stare too long or too hard at the latest atrocity, or eventually you will break down into a helpless weeping VEGETABLE! She saw friends turn into blubbering jelly, and she saw PLENTY of hideous senseless violence, MUCH MORE than we American brats have ever seen! To survive, she had to keep some PERSPECTIVE! But perspective is something we sorely lack in this pathetic corporate FEEDLOT of a sociopathic society! Get this into your skulls: THE COLORADO KILLER IS NOT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM. THAT'S JUST THE TELEVISION. TURN IT OFF! You have a real life to attend to, and of course you want to feel compassion; but that compassion DOES NOT help those unfortunate murder victims in the SLIGHTEST. My mother saw MUCH WORSE than we ever have, and her message is MUCH WISER than this TV brainwashing program, goddamnit! TURN OFF THE BAD NEWS!
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
      Correct, if we dont watch, it goes away!
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    Terrible. Tragic. Senseless. My heart is heavy.
  • Shero
    in the memories of those who died in 20/7 .. those who believed in art and comics and they wanted to watch their hero .. No bullet will stop us to watch this movie ..
  • Nick033
    America? Ya'll fucked up. Change your stupid gun laws.
  • LosZombies
    This is just barbaric. What the fuck kind of world do we live in when we cant even escape reality for a couple hours without some fucking asshole going in and committing such atrocious acts?! My heart, feelings, prayers, and love go out to each family member of the victims.
  • Jamabelle
    Even if there were stricter gun laws in the state of Colorado...it would not have made a difference. This guy had an agenda and a plan of action..planning this horrific event for months. If he didn't buy the guns in Colorado...legally..there are always ways to those who want them bad enough..to obtain them illegally. This guy had riot gear..gas masks..and his apartment was booby trapped..I'm sure obtaining guns; if he couldn't get them in his home state, wouldn't have posted much of an obstacle. As for the gun ownership issue..its just like anything else..you have to be responsible..learn to handle and shoot your weapon..treat it with the respect it deserves. Millions of people around the world own a car..we are given a test then a license..to operate that machine..and I do believe before owning a gun..a safety course and a test should be given. Now is taking a safety course going to stop someone from shooting and killing someone if that is their soul intention..no. Just like a drivers test..isn't going to stop someone from drinking and driving. The only thing stopping them is personal responsibility...the ability to know right from wrong..and knowing and caring about the consequences of their actions. No one is to blame but the individual whom makes the decision.

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