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In the Aftermath of the Shooting Massacre in Aurora, Colorado on July 19, 2012

On the night of Thursday, July 19, 2012 an armed man began shooting at people attending the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century Aurora 16 in Aurora, Colorado. When it was over, 12 people died, and 58 more were wounded, some seriously. The news is filled with stories about the... (more)

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Jul 24, 2012 - George Jobson VIP Member

I was very sad over what has happened in Colorado. I woke up to hear the story on the radio. Then I turn on the set to CNN. Then I follow the story later on MSNBC. I heart and prayers go out to the victims of the theatre shotting. What a sad weekend for me.  

Jul 27, 2012 - Cine'Senor  

It is indeed sad for the victims, but personally I feel Century Cinemas bears responsibility for the magnitude of events by choosing to deny patrons their Constitutional right to carry personal protection while on theatre property while providing no in house security whatsoever for these patrons. Of course, we know the unfortunate result.

I have previously and do now choose to not support businesses who wish to deny the public a right guaranteed constitutionally; therefore, I wouldn't have attended a movie there, just as I have avoided doing business with a couple other stores in my community. It is indeed sad that such a tragedy could occur in "civilized" society. 

Jul 27, 2012 - BigScreen Reader  

The impact of concealed carry was one of the first things that came to my mind as well, but after doing some reading of articles written by various people, I have come to the conclusion that if people in the auditorium had returned fire, more people probably would have been hurt, either by stray gunfire from those people who are unfamiliar with the "heat" of such a moment, or by the shooter staying longer to have a shootout. He was armed with multiple weapons and wore protective gear.

This was not a spur of the moment stick-up, this was premeditated murder. More guns would have just resulted in more deaths and injuries.

I do not agree with the idea of carrying weapons into crowded places. I don't think it solves anything, and I would do the opposite of the previous poster. I would avoid businesses that welcome weapons on their premises.

If there is anything that the theater could have/should have done, it was to have onsite security (not sure if there was onsite security) and to have monitors on the exit doors, which would have alerted someone to the fact that someone was using an exit door at an odd time. 

Jul 27, 2012 - BigScreen Reader  

This event is not going to stop me from seeing movies, though. I do have to admit that I thought about it while watching a movie yesterday, but it didn't occupy my thoughts to the point of diminishing the movie experience for me.

This was tragic, but it was an isolated incident. We shouldn't let the actions of one person dictate how we live our lives.

Maybe this will result in higher security at movie theaters, which may not be a bad thing. (Just no TSA screenings please) 

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