Up for Debate: Colorado theater shooting

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:52am

An apparent lone gunman has killed 12 and wounded dozens in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Is there anything that could be done to prevent or limit such terrible incidents from happening in America?


21 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 7/20/12 at 9:11

A tragedy.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/20/12 at 10:10

What kind of mad men walk among today?

By: yogiman on 7/20/12 at 10:19

Yes. If there had been one person in that theater with a gun besides the shooter, they could have stopped it as soon as it started.

As I have read the man used used three different weapons. Hell 12 dead and dozens wounded? How many times did he re-load?

If one man near him had re-acted as human nature tells many people, they could have stopped in at the beginning.

Law abiding citizens have stopped such attacks many times in the past and will many times in the future.

Have you ever noticed in a news report when someone fires at the robber, the robber turns around and runs like hell getting out of the place they were going to rob?

By: bfra on 7/20/12 at 12:51

Yogi - If you read the article, it plainly said, he never reloaded! But comprehension isn't anything you have ever exhibited.

By: Magnum on 7/20/12 at 1:08

A robber comes in to rob. This guy came in to kill. I don't think we can assume that the two would react in the same manner.

By: yogiman on 7/20/12 at 2:34


If he never re-loaded, what in the hell was he firing that he could kill 12 people and wound 50 others? I heard on the radio the police arrived in one and a half minutes. And this guy could kill twelve people and wound 50 in 90 seconds?

And I'm sorry, bfra, I know i don't think like you. And I thank God for that.

By: bfra on 7/20/12 at 3:11

yogi - Read the articles AGAIN! Maybe that will help, but I doubt it.

By: budlight on 7/20/12 at 3:19

Yogi, the theatre was probably dark; one witness said he walked up the aisles firing at the people who were seated.

Some people thought that he was part of the "show" and didn't equate it to an actual shooter killing people. It all happened so fast.

This guy's own mother has said that she figured he'd do something like this. OMG. I'm sure there were warning signs that people just shrugged off.

He's toast for sure now! At least I hope he gets toasted.

By: budlight on 7/20/12 at 3:26

Yogi, you are right. A witness said he did reload! bfra you can read the articles again. You're wrong!

""There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead," Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily, stopping only to reload. "Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom," she said. "He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed."

Oh bfra, how quick you are to spout off at the proverbial mouth and condemn Yogi. Yogi, keep on being you! You're a blessing on this post.

bfra, go back to your room!

By: bfra on 7/20/12 at 4:19

Big Mouth Bud - Yogi, you are right. A witness said he did reload! bfra you can read the articles again. You're wrong!
Reference? 1 gun alone had up to 100 rounds & he had others.

By: yogiman on 7/20/12 at 5:12

Well, bfra (bad fart repeated again)

One news sector said one gun held 40 rounds, another said 100. I wasn't there so I couldn't count them. I also didn't hear how many rounds the shotgun would hold. I also don't know how many rounds a Glock 90 would hold. There has been several different reports on it, but really, what damned difference does it make?

People lost their lives and many were wounded.

By: yogiman on 7/20/12 at 5:20

Thanks for the comment, budlight.

I am me, take it or leave it, and for this group of overly intelligent idiots I could care less about what they think of me. When they take over my expenses I might listen to what they think seriously. But until they start footing the bill I'll do my own thinking.

I just hope I'm still here when Barry is brought to the front of the table. It'll be interesting to see how they re-act.

It'll tell one thing, they are full grown idiots or communists with him.

By: Rasputin72 on 7/21/12 at 12:07

These are perilous times for all Americans. Most unproductive and unrewarded people like the shooter do not commit mayhem and mass murder they hunker down and vote for Obama and wait for the "free stuff".

This is truly a tragedy that will be repeated time and again over the next few decades as more young people look at the reality of life in the United States. Unfullfilled expectations by a larger group of Americans and seeing themselves in the same role as the underclass welfare crowd is going to bend a lot of minds

By: yogiman on 7/21/12 at 6:10


I believe you'll find some with "problems" on this site. How many want to put their hands out?

I believe the biggest problem we have is Congress. The Senate and House are the actual controllers of this nation and they are in it for their self preservation. Why is our congress members so different from the common citizens to justify special benefits they apply for themselves.

By: budlight on 7/21/12 at 10:27

bfra on 7/20/12 at 5:19
Big Mouth Bud - Yogi, you are right. A witness said he did reload! bfra you can read the articles again. You're wrong!
Reference? 1 gun alone had up to 100 rounds & he had others.

BFRA - were you there? An eye witness said he "reloaded" or can't you read? Probably not. SHE WAS THERE. Not you.

Rasp and Yogi, look closely at his photos on the news and in the paper. He looks like a nut case going someplace to happen. The fact that he wired and booby trapped his home says volumes.

A woman who lives downstairs thought the mustic was too loud; went to tell him at midnight; put her hand on the door knob; said it appeared to be unlocked and changed her mind about opening the door. She said the loud music came on at the time of the shootings.

She thinks he did it on purpose. I say "yes" he wanted the neighbor(s) or the cops to open the door and set off the explosives and kill many more. Her intuition (gut) said "don't open this door". She should play the lottery now. Or start her own ministry. She is one lucky/blessed young woman. And will live to tell it.

He was quiet. That just tells me he was internalizing all of his anger and venom; his family was well off and went to church. All of that and a dime, will not get you anything. He was evil. Only pure evil does what he did.

I bet he has watched all those batman movies hundreds of times - over and over - programming is brain to violence. He knew what he was doing.

By: Rasputin72 on 7/21/12 at 11:06

Here is this nut case with all of this education and only a traffic citation on his record. He looks at the underclass welfare population and suddenly realizes that they have through the "free stuff" program everything that he has as a productive citizen. He jumps time and commits a travesty in a middle class theater.

By: yogiman on 7/21/12 at 2:11

bfra (bad fart repeated again),

Did you see a different gun on the news than what I saw? The clip in the one I saw could not hold 100 rounds of ammo. Or was the news showing a fake? I'd like to know... and I'm sure you know.

By: yogiman on 7/21/12 at 2:21

I noticed that photo, budlight. It's obvious the young man has a mental problem. It also makes me wonder why his mother made the statement she made about him being her son as she did.

My biggest question is: Didn't his parents know anything was wrong with him at an earlier age in his life? If they did, at what stage of his life did it start? Why didn't they look into it when they first noticed it?

Time will tell.

By: parnell3rd on 7/21/12 at 5:44

Tragic horrific event of terrorism. The only person to blame is the suspect.

By: yogiman on 7/21/12 at 10:07


I heard on the news someone let him in that exit door. Was it a mistake or did they know what he was going to do?

By: yogiman on 7/21/12 at 10:09

By the way, it was someone in the movie that made that comment about him being let in.