Man shoots up movie theater in Colorado, 12 dead, 38 hurt. (Updated)

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Crime In General, Firearms

A lone gunman threw a smoke bomb and then started shooting up a theater in Aurora, Colorado, showing the new Batman movie.  He killed at least a dozen and wounded at least 15 more.

The cops started getting 911 calls shortly after midnight.  The shooter, who was captured without a struggle in short order, got into the theater through an emergency exit and started wandering through the theater shooting people apparently at random.

The shooter, James Holmes, 24, was wearing a ballistic vest, riot helmet and gas mask and was armed with a rifle and a handgun.

The shooter’s mother, who lives in California, called the cops as soon as she heard about the shooting and told them she thought it was likely her son was involved.  This was before the shooters name became public knowledge.

A bomb was found inside the theater.  The cops also believe the shooter’s apartment is bobby trapped.

Too bad there was nobody in the theater who could have shot back, isn’t it?  The cops arrived very quickly or the toll would have been much, much higher.

She shooter had been a Ph.D. candidate in the medical school at Aurora, specializing in neuroscience.  He was no longer associated with the medical school as of about one month ago.

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UPDATE:  The cops now report that he was armed with an AR-15, a Remington 870 shotgun and a .40 Glock.  He was fully armored, including leg and groin protectors.  The known wounded count is now 59.

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11 Comments to “Man shoots up movie theater in Colorado, 12 dead, 38 hurt. (Updated)”

  1. Kyle Lavendar says:

    Dear Bob and “Professor” Curmudgeon,

    Don’t be scared, guys. Not even that socialist-marxist -muslim Obama wants to take away your guns. But how about some common sense gun laws? Did you know that Congress has refused to consider laws that would ban the sale of assault weapons capable of firing 100 bullets without reloading, and declined to allow the Attorney General to restrict people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons?

    Holmes, the Colorado mass murderer, purchased all guns and ammunition legally in the past two months. This includes a shotgun, AR15 ASSAULT rifle, two glocks and a 100 round drum magazine. Additionally, through the INTERNET, he purchased over 6,000 rounds of ammunition – legally.

    Are you fellas aware that the average American is 40 times more likely to be killed by gunfire than the average Englishman or Canadian? If the United States had the same gun murder rate as England since 2000, 100,000 murdered American men, women and children might still be alive today. Rolling with the NRA motto that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” leaves only one conclusion – Americans are inherently murderous thugs. I refuse to believe that’s the case.

    Are you guys the type of gun zealots who believe that if you were in that theater, locked and loaded of course, you could have taken the suspect out and saved innocent lives? I bet you two fancy yourselves a hero in that scenario, right? Just think how things would have been different if Jesus was packing heat… he would have never gone up on cross, right guys?

    There are even a FEW rational NRA members that want more restrictive gun laws, such as not selling to those on terrorist watch lists. But the NRA doesn’t represent gun owners, they represent gun manufacturers. That’s who pays the bills at the NRA and their motivation is to sell as many guns as possible, no matter the murderous consequences.

    I know you love guys love your guns. They have a way of making feable old men feel less vulnerable on the streets. I’ve even heard that some of you lube up the barrell on your Glocks for mastabatory purposes. Now that is true love. But c’mon, boys. I still work the streets and don’t need the extra resistance. Let’s just use common sense.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      You know, if you hadn’t made that snarky sexual comment some of your thoughts would have seemed in the same time zone as reasonable. Of course maybe you do get your rocks off on lubing up the old Glock and shoving it up your ass. Normal people don’t.

      Your alleged stats on gun violence and personal safety may, or may not, have anything to do with reality. I do know that over a period of 40 years I have saved my ass three times from what would have likely been serious injury or possibly death due to the fact that I had a handgun on me. I am also aware that many people every years are “saved” by the mere display of a weapon without a shot being fired. One of mine was such an incident.

      Roughly half the street cops in the US never fire their weapons on duty except on the range during their career. Does that mean that 50% of the cops should hit the streets every day without a weapon?

      I like having options. A weapon is an option. You don’t have to use it, but it is comforting to know it is there.

      If you think Canada or the UK are so wonderful, why don’t you move your happy ass there? In the UK there is zero (legal) private ownership of handguns, so the UK is 100% safe, right? (What do you mean, NO?)

      • Howie Katz says:

        Kyle and Bob, great going. I’m reproducing your comments on BarkGrowlBite tomorrow.

        Kyle, I hope you don’t mind, but I cleaned up your spelling errors for you. And oh yes, I just got off after lubing my gun barrel. I feel much better now.

    • Meathead says:

      I cant tell you for sure what would of happened if I was in that theater but, I can tell you I would of tried to defend myself, my family and all the other people in that theater with the weapon I carry for such an occasion. Thats the same weapon that people like you want to take away from people like me. Law Enforcement are great but, they cant be everywhere at all times. You can choose to be a victim or you can choose not to be. Bad guys are allways going to be there its up to people ( not you I guess ) to stand up to them. Call it hero if you want , I call it refusing to be a sheep.

    • Dick Kirby says:

      I know that these comments were directed at Katz and Walsh but I wanted to respond. In regards to the terrorist watch list I am opposed to taking away right without due process. Someone could piss of the flight crew on a commercial plane and end up on the list. The President has said that the US Constitution has said many times that the Constitution is flawed, what he means is that he can’t take away my rights fast enough because some old guys over two hundred years ago made individual rights and freedoms a high priority.

      I agree that armed citizens prevent violence all the time by displaying a firearm. The NRA tracks these news stories and reports on them monthly in the American Rifleman. By the way I am fifty times more happy with the NRA then any other organization that I belong to. There would be no Canada or UK if it were not for American soldiers and marines with their marksmanship skills.

  2. Meathead says:

    Thank you for the first piece on this subject that does not say AR -15 assault rifle. If someone attacks someone else with a BB gun does that make it a BB gun assault rifle? The AR stands for Armalite Rifle because thats who made the first civilian model. Most people probally think AR stands for assault riffle.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      I detest the term “assault rifle.” It is a legal phrase, not a technical one. In addition, it is, as you pointed out, stupid.

  3. Howie Katz says:

    Now is the time for gun owners to be vigilant against the gun control zealots. The Colorado theater shooting is sure to energize the (Sarah) Brady Bunch of gun control advocates and their Democrat allies in Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t wait a Hot New York Minute before he piped in with his usual ballistic anti-gun rhetoric. Of course, Bloomberg ignores the fact that, even with the strictest gun control laws in the whole country, NYC is still plagued with shootings day in and day out.

  4. PC830POINT5 says:

    Aren’t those weapons (AR-15, a Remington 870 shotgun and a .40 Glock.) all standard police issue?

    • Bob Walsh says:

      Yes, they are. Is that important?

      • PC830POINT5 says:

        When the initial reports came out about the shooting, everyone was trying to put together who/what/when/why etc. My point was, perhaps he stole the weapons from someone in law enforcement since all three of the weapons could readily be found on a patrol officer. Today the news reports that the shooter legally bought all of them. Thus, my theory goes in the wrong direction.