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Aurora, Colorado Shooting - Batman Premiere

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 20, 2012, 2:17 PM
Many of you know Colorado has been under a lot of stress lately due to wild fires.

But we definitely weren't expecting a shooting anytime soon...

In Aurora, Colorado last night, there was a shooting at the midnight showing of Batman. A man went into the theater, set off tear gas, stood on the stage and shot at the crowd, killing at least 12 people. Many were injured and now hospitalized.  Because of this man, the premiere showing in Paris has been cancelled. Going to the movies will never be the same for a lot of US citizens.

Please keep the families of the loved ones who died in your prayers and thoughts. If you would like more information, visit here: www.cnn.com/2012/07/20/us/colo…

What are your thoughts on an event like this? Do you think it's a coincidence that it happened near Columbine? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbin… Do you think this will change how we attend movies? I'd like to know.

Personally, now that I think about it, I'm surprised nothing like this has happened before in a theater. We see things like this happen IN a movie, but not in real life. I'm afraid people will copy this man and try to do this themselves. I sure hope not, but I don't want to take the risk. I think I'll be watching all of my movies at home from now on. :C


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kykieo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I live in Aurora and knew people in the theatre wounded and passed. After this happened it made it very hard to go out in a busy area without getting an anxiety attack. It made me think, it could happen anywhere. On the street, gas station, stores, school, mall. Anywhere where a lot of people are. So for a super long time I hated going out. Then I realized that if I live that way in fear, he will win. So I got over my fear because I didn't want him to have that triumph. I think its good to talk about stuff like this because it keeps people aware of the situation and it helps to not keep things in.
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megstiel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm more concerned about having to have bags checked or get patte down when you go to a movie theater. :shrug: I have no idea if that's going to happen or not, but it wouldn't surprise me. The guy didn't even come in through the main entrance, and through one of the exits in the theater. I'm sure it will mean more security, at least.

I don't think this will become a theme. Movie theaters aren't the only places to get shot up, there are also schools, malls, anywhere with a large, condensed population. It's difficult to avoid those places. It is really frightening, especially having it so close to home. :C

I find it kind of weird that the shooting in Norway (that was on a much bigger scale though, and a completely different situation) happened about a year ago. If I remember right, it was on today of last year. Don't think it has anything to do with Colombine though, I don't know. Might be something in the water. :paranoid:
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Teena-Bee Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
How close are you to this particular theater? I think the coincidence that it happened near Colombine is just bad luck. This sort of thing can happen anywhere. Look at VA tech a few years ago.

At the same time, someone could always break into your house tomorrow or hit your car on the way to work. The chances of being victim of a mass shooting is way smaller then car accident. I'm not saying this isn't horrible- it totally is!! I'm just saying you can't live your life in fear of possibilities. As you said, it is surprising that this hasn't happened before this with all the movies you see this exact scene in. And shootings will happen again. Sadly, people can be horrible and crazy. But that doesn't mean you should never go to the movies again. Children didn't stop going to school after Colombine. Security was just improved. And think of the numerous mall shootings that have happened but have been overlooked by the national media because it was not on the same scale. But teenie boppers still hang out there.

I'm not saying things like this don't take time to heal. And lots of people are going to take a hiatus from movie going. It is just sad that one persons actions is going to effect the business of an entire form of entertainment.

On a more personal note- my heart does go to the victims and families. I can't even imagine if something like this happened to someone I love. :-(
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ChibiWorks Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I live about an hour away. I was there about two weeks ago with a group of my friends.
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Polkadotzombie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't even believe this had even happened. It's just terrible. I can't even imagine how paniced everyone was.
It just appears that some people are crazy. It kind of reminds me of what happened in Norway last year. Just.. Terrible.
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ChibiWorks Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yea, it's very sad. QnQ
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
people should be better armed, imagine if someone in that theater was concealed, would have ended right there, the authorities dont know how to handle things like this, which is prob why they found the guy surrendered and sitting in his car listening to music
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megstiel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Oooor outlaw gun ownership so the guy couldn't get arms so easily.
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Why-did-Kenji-die Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
that just takes guns away from the good guys (law abiding citizens), bad guys can always get guns. i hate that people think that its a quick fix like this, you can still use other methods to kill people as well instead of just a gun, are we going to ban everything that can kill a person? are we going to take guns away from the good guys so they cant protect themselves? mother effing hope not
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megstiel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
If the good guys can get guns, so can the bad guys. I understand the issue isn't completely black and white, but I think having everyone be armed isn't going to fix the issue.
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