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The inevitable theatre massacre post

- July 20th, 2012

Thoughts on the theatre shootings in Colorado?

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12 comments

  1. Jackie McClain says:

    This incident is truly tragic! It seems in the U.S. you cant even go out for a family night without the fear of being gunned down. It’s shocking but not even surprising anymore because its almost an everyday occurrance in the States. In my eyes it’s because they seem to value their first amendment more than they value their right to live.
    That’s right – the right to bear Arms. They really need to amend their first amendment. They need to qualify who needs to bear arms and for what so that everyday Joes dont qualify or even feel the need to carry guns. The type of guns that are being used and obtained legally also causes one to shake their heads in disgust. Why do Americans have (or need) the right to bear Assault weapons? The Americans have a war to fight in their own backyards to protect their own people and it should start with making important amendments to their first amendment. It would be a huge job collecting all of the guns ( legal and illegal) from a nation who is so proud of their “Right to bear Arms” and probably wouldnt give up that right without a fight. But look at the price they have already incurred!
    Heck this initiative alone would probably put many of their unemployed back to work

  2. question says:

    Reported victims included 6 year-old and 3-month-old…So, who brings/allows young kids at midnight screenings of such a movie?

  3. Mark says:

    This is not a gun-control issue. This is a manifestation of a sick society. I don’t know how to fix it.

  4. Stacy says:

    This is what happens when you have the ability to go to Wal-Mart or a Bass Pro Shop, or any store that sells hunting gear, and buy a gun.

    But clearly this guy has some problems. He died his hair red and told them he was the Joker. My first thought upon learning this, and the fact that he was basically dressed like a SWAT member, was that he was trying to fool them. He was trying to be like the Joker in The Dark Knight, when he and his men dressed like cops and blended in with the funeral parade. But he also had his apartment booby-trapped with very sophisticated explosives.

    This individual is truly sick and I feel bad for all 70 people injured, and the many others, that just went to the theatre to watch a movie.

    I also questioned why young children, especially a 3 mth old, were at the theatre to begin with.

  5. gary4567 says:

    Agree with Mark

    If the alleged person in custody had used a knife or baseball bat the issue of gun control would not be in the mix.

    It has more to do with things such as mental health, people who live in isolation (imposed or self-imposed) and what society deems to be acceptable in all forms of communication.

    No easy answers and you cannot put the genie back in the bottle at this point.

    And there is no political solution because the answer cannot be legislated away regardless of what any politician tells you.

    A great % of gun incidents in Canada involve guns that are not registered because they are smuggled into this country. Even if the US banned all guns they would come from some other country in the world. In the end it is simple economics that drives any market.

  6. Wayne-101 says:

    “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances” … at least so says Wikipedia. Which part of this need to be amended?

    I’d tend to agree this is a reflection of a “sick society” as Mark says. So how does a society get “sick”. Does it have anything to do with what is pumped into the culture, even the movies and even the themes of the types of movies such as the one in question “The Dark Knight Rises”? I haven’t seen this particular movie but did see the previous one. So what makes people enjoy the vicarious thrill of watching murder and mayhem committed against individuals and on a larger scale against society and the world?

    Has “pop culture” progressed to become a “pop cult” with its deluded followers?

  7. question says:

    @Jackie McClain,

    Perhaps our American cousins would counter: Why do those Canadians have a provision for French in their constitution (charter) when it has caused so much violence,instability and political/economic angst over the years?

    Certainly, an examination of each document may be a fascinating academic pursuit, but the fact remains that neither adresses the more salient issue: ‘mental illness.’

  8. Charlotte says:

    I’m not a big fan of guns, and personally, don’t see any reason for an individual to own any.

    However, I’ve got my libertarian streak, and will point out that it’s not like this ‘person’ was using weapons in a legal manner. He was quite intent on breaking the law, so what’s the difference if he acquired the guns legally or not? (The same applies in Toronto… if you ban handguns, then the only people who have them will be criminals… not sure how that changes anything)

    There are simple things that can be done though. He blocked the door open so he could sneak in. A little more vigilence amongst the theatre staff would ceratainly go a long way. I suppose that is a lot to ask for the hundreds of thousands of hard working service employees though. Can’t be on guard at all times, mistakes happen to the best of us.

    As for bringing kids to a movie… it’s not like it was a school night. Going to a big movie premiere is a big deal. I remember standing in line for The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones when I was little. It was fun.

  9. gary4567 says:

    @ Charlotte

    As for bringing kids to a movie… it’s not like it was a school night. Going to a big movie premiere is a big deal. I remember standing in line for The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones when I was little. It was fun.

    ok I was kind of with you until that comment

    those movies are in no way similar to this Batman

    @ Wayne 101

    some gun rights folks say that they need the gun to counter the govt …just in case the govt goes off the rails

  10. pinkypie says:

    We didn’t take our 2 month old to “see” ‘The Exorcist’ way back in ’74…we wanted to see it, he slept of course. Now the 6 year old I have a bit of a problem with…

    As for gun control…Although the laws in the states are far less strict than here, they do still have laws, especially where hand guns are concerned. All banning guns means is that only the bad guys will have them. What then?

    I think Wayne-101′s “pop cult” theory is a lot closer to fact than fiction.

  11. nflfan says:

    The good news is that they have the death penalty in Colorado. It does not take away what this sick person did. It does however ensure he won’t do it again or live out his life on the tax payer’s dime (well, at least he won’t after his years of appeals are exhausted).
    The bottom line is I’m sorry for the victims and their families. The guy who did it needs to go away….forever.

  12. question says:

    @Charlotte,

    You say, “I’m not a big fan of guns, and personally, don’t see any reason for an individual to own any.”

    But I say, what are you gonna do when the alien space-invaders, or the brain-eating zombies arrive and the only ones who can protect themselves are our Second Amendment friends down south of the border, who have been allowed to stock up on a little self-defence insurance and are lock-and-load ready for them…

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