Aurora Shooting

A dozen people are confirmed dead after a gunman kicked in the emergency exit of a movie theatre, set off a smoke bomb, and started firing into the crowd.

Election year political grandstanding will begin in 3… 2… 1…

16 Responses to “Aurora Shooting”

  1. matt says:

    From the comments:

    “Equally too bad that there weren’t any armed citizens in the theatre that might have taken this yo-yo out bofore he was empty.”

    Does this guy really think that another amateur firing bullets in a dark, smoke-filled theatre would have _helped_?

  2. Pitt says:

    I was contemplating a blog posting about this this morning. I got an earful on the radio this morning, that’s for sure.

    My take on this? You have two choices: either you can live in a locked down police state where everyone’s actions are monitored and freedoms are restricted, or shit like this is going to happen occasionally. I hate to sound insensitive, especially not even 12 hours after this happened, but more people will die this year driving to and from movie theatres in their cars than did in this bizzare episode.

    And while I’m as much a defender of the 2nd Amendment as anyone, a pistol-packing audience would not have done much to affect the outcome here. NPR interviewed one fellow who was in the theatre who thought that when the guy came in wearing a mask and throwing around gas bombs and brandishing weapons, it was part of a show to promote the movie. Plus, the guy was wearing a bullet proof vest.

    That’s OK, I’m sure the TSA will soon be regulating movie theatres.

  3. matt says:

    Mandatory metal detectors and Freedom Massages for all moviegoers. What the heck, it’s not like attendence is going to get any worse.

    I agree with your “shit like this is going to happen occasionally” observation; part of living in a free society is that people are going to feel free to do something terrible every so often.

  4. Dan says:

    I was actually impressed with Obama and Romney’s actions thus far, pulling some ads and suspending some tours. Their statements were pretty neutral and sympathetic. I’m sure that will last for, oh, 2 more hours.

  5. Pitt says:

    Is anyone else tiring of the saturated media coverage of this yet? It seems like they’ll stick a microphone in just about anyone’s face. And that psychotic murderer’s face has been flashed across the screen enough already. It’s been 4 days and I’m already sick of it all.

    I’m also not surprised that the media has latched on to this story to take an opportunity to bash firearms. I’m fairly sure in a few months there’ll be legislation either banning, restricting, or regulating internet ammunition sales. And the law will be named after one of the children killed by that a–hole.

  6. Dan says:

    They haven’t limited themselves to *just* making widespread, unfounded speculations about firearms. Here you go and there we are.

    So far we’ve got:
    – Vidya games…in fact, he was obsessed with World of Warcraft!
    – Tea Party member (a different James Holmes)
    – OWS member, maybe, though we don’t know
    – a wild, unproven guess blaming bullying though we don’t know if he was bullied
    – what type of music did he listen to?

    Great journalism hysteria there, reporters.

  7. Pitt says:

    14 people died here, through something equally as stupid. Wonder how much play it will get in the national press.

  8. matt says:

    I hadn’t actually seen any firearm-bashing, but I haven’t been watching the news much the last couple of days. Most of the reaction I’ve seen has been from firearm advocates trying to preemptively head off calls for gun control.

    As for the pickup truck, well, the victims were likely illegal immigrants. What’s the exchange rate on those? Still 3/5?

  9. Pitt says:

    Yup, just heard it on the news this AM…new bill in the House to regulate internet ammunition sales.

  10. matt says:

    Oh, come on, a new bill in the House is a long way from a new law being enacted; most of that stuff dies once the representative responsible is done grandstanding with it. I read the other day that Ron Paul spent 22 years in Congress and only managed to get one bill passed.

  11. Pitt says:

    Well, when the government already does more than you think it ought to be doing, passing new laws is kind of pointless, don’t you reckon?

  12. matt says:

    As a general rule, I don’t reckon.

  13. Pitt says:

    I could read two meanings into that…

    1) You agree with me.
    2) You do not, as a general rule, engage in the practice of reckoning.

  14. BrianN says:

    Sounds like you guys are doing some rekonocense

  15. matt says:

    I may engage in the practice, but I don’t call it “reckoning”, for the same reason I don’t swim in a “crick”. I’m not a Mark Twain character. 🙂

  16. BrianN says:

    I assume you make an exception if you are calculating your position based on direction and rate of travel.

    Hey I got GPS, I no longer reckon at all!

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