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The Dark Knight visits the theaters

Updated on July 20, 2012

The dark knight or tortured tormenter

The Dark Knight enters the theater

So, very recently (as in a little after midnight last night) in Aurora, Colorado there was a movie theater shooting. In this shooting, 71 people were either severally injured or killed. The shooter was James Eagan Holmes, a twenty-four year old college student. He was described as being a loner, who wouldn’t look you in your eye. From what police have said this was no Mickey Mouse operation or fly by night thought. He planned and executed his plans with precision. If things had gone the way he planned the plot is speculated to have gone off like this.

He sets up a noise distraction that grabs the attention of the police. When they knock at his door no answer, so they break down the door and instant causalities arise, because he booby trapped his apartment so that a firebomb would explode. As the police are busy attending to this, meanwhile he is at the movie theater taking as many casualties as he would like. He didn’t simply have a handgun. He was packing with, according to the police with an A.R. 15, Remington, Glock, and a .49 caliber Glock.

It is not known how many rounds he fired off, but many were fired. Currently, via the last update 12 people lost their lives, two of which died on the scene and ten that died at the hospital as well as 59 critically injured. Also apparently one other person who was at an adjoining movie theater was struck, little is known of their condition. The assailant was apparently a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado until last month when he withdrew. When his own mother was questioned early this morning she told reports she was not surprised and needed to call the police. That left me a bit baffled, could this have been prevented, I thought, what did she know that we obviously didn’t. Also, a statement was released that the family wants us to respect their privacy.

The president talks about uniting as an American family and embracing the parents of those who lost children and letting them know we will be there for them during their loss. The victims ages range from three months to forty-five years old. My question is one, could this have been avoided, two, what do we do as a people to grow and learn from this, and c, why are we as a society jumping to the death penalty already? I have seen hate groups that focus on does Colorado have the death penalty?

While the crime seems very thought out and mythical in its execution, what has brought this young twenty-four year old man to the point where he would do such a heinous thing to a seemingly innocent group of moviegoers at the premiere for the Batman Movie? I would like to commend the quick actions of the police, fire department, if you or someone you know is struggling with the aftermath of this great tragedy there are numbers to call and quite a good number of professionals there to assist those in need of coping with this great loss and making sense of the whole ordeal. These are the numbers to the hotline and tip line, which are

3037391862, the tip line and for the hot line 3036172300. Let us all unite as human beings and comfort one another in the meanwhile as the details are steadily made public.

Keep this in mind,

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.”

~Chief Seattle, 1854

Take care!

This is dedicated to the families that lost someone during this tragedy!

2nd Missing you dedication to those hurting

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A very good hub describing the insanity that happened at the movie theater. Good job.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @rcrumple, Thanks, and I agree, the value on human life is almost next to nothing. In this capitalist market it seems that are just commodities, it reminds me of the times of the Industrial Revolution. Eventually people grow tired of not being appreciated and instead of protesting or seeking empowerment, some commit crimes. Its a very sad and unfortunate ordeal. Great insight on your part, I have seen so much crime in the six years I was in Atlanta on a daily basis, at times its was like being in a snowstorm. Until we find value in one another on a human to human basis it will continue.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Well done hub! When something happens once, people generally become emotionally involved. When it happens twice, they question and research and try to find a cause. When it becomes an epidemic, people tend to become somewhat desensitized. Years ago, there was a McDonald's restaurant which sustained a similiar tragedy. People were horrified! Then Columbine occurred and people searched and searched for answers. It was a heyday for the psychologists. Multiple occurrences have happened since, both in schools and in public places. Now, one of this magnitude has occurred. Why are some proclaiming the Death Penalty? I believe there are two reasons: 1) People are fed up with this happening. Perhaps if an example were made, it could detour others from following suit (doubtful, but if it stopped just one, lives could be saved), and 2) empathy for those who kill the innocent senselessly is running out. "An Eye For An Eye" is the concept running through the minds of many of the victims families. We, as a society, have validated the reasons why a person kills so many times that those considering the act of killing can validate doing it. If the emphasis was on the fact that human life was of greatest importance, and the act of taking it was unacceptable in any case but self defense, perhaps fewer of these acts would take place. Case in point, how many senseless killings occur among our nation's youth versus thirty years ago? As in my small city, the figures have rose substantially. People must be taught to value human life instead of reducing its value. Just a thought. Again, another insightful hub!

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @wren, thanks for your kind words and I second your sentiments its truly a sad reality.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @Likamarie, I am glad you have chosen the road you travel, its sad that some have taken the road less travel that lands others with mass murders and terror. I wish we could all feel this way.

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      When I saw this story on the news here in the UK, I was truly shocked. My heart goes out to all the poor families that have lost their loved ones. You handled this hub with a good mixture of facts and respecct, good job. Peace. :)

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      When I saw this story on the news here in the UK, I was truly shocked. My heart goes out to all the poor families that have lost their loved ones. You handled this hub with a good mixture of facts and respecct, good job. Peace. :)

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      LikaMarie 5 years ago

      I'm on this planet to spread joy, not madness and misery.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Terrible terrible tragedy.

      True evil does walk the earth and it is up to us to spread the good.

      God bless the victims and families of this terrible massacre.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @always exploring we are all at his beacon details wise there is only speculation as to why. Thanks. Sometimes in these situations I wish there was a such thing as truth serium like in Days of Our Lives, so you could only hear the truth of the matter. I definitely think there is more to the story and I think his Mom has a lot of the missing pieces. His life is also as painted by the media as a tragedy in part. To be so well-accomplished academically speaking and only be able to land a job at Mickey D's is a current reality alot of people face, but it does not excuse for one minute what he did. We all have a story and its very sad and unfortunate his is being told and so many others served as his casualities/sounding boards to tell his infamous tale.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I wonder if we all must wait for the full picture. There must be more than we are being told. Your synopsis of the event is very good. Thank you...

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sweet sentiments, faith reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Praying that America returns to God!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      @writing owl these are questions I have also asked myself if you look at his resume you'd be impressed (its not easy getting accepted into a graduate or Phd program), what went wrong? Then, you have his mom who was not surprised one bit and you clench a little bit thinking could this have been avoided, what did she see that we didn't. You shutter to think that there were warning signs that went ignored. He was described as shy and a loner, but once he warmed up to you talked a mile a minute and a good guy. That only adds to the mystery, what was his upbringing, etc? As he remains silent our questions and devastation mounts, I pray we find resolution and comforte especially for the victim families and the shooters family. Shootings can be done with a friend or alone, but the devastation or consequences are communal. You don't come in this world alone and when you do something such as this their is a communal response, good or bad.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 5 years ago from Ireland

      Yes this was an awful event and tragic for all those families involved. I too wonder what could have brought a highly intelligent, good looking 24 year old to go totally off the rails in this way? Also if his mother was not surprised to hear that her son had done this terrible thing then were there warning signs and could this tragedy have been somehow averted? We will never know now I suppose.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks integrity, its a sad and eye opening experience to hear that a four month old's head was stuck between two seats and his dad was too afraid to retrieve it because those standing up were getting shot. Prayer is needed.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I am praying for all of them. I voted up.

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks, for leaving your thoughts. Mine are the same, I was horrified to hear that the ages ranged from 3 months to 45 and how young teenage bodies were lifeless on the stairs and one person saying that they wanted to stop and help, but had to preserve their own life and the fact it happened during a movie premiere is very shocking. I second those thoughts and prayers, I am just a bystander, my heart hurts for the victims and their families as well as the shooters family. I have always said murder maybe done alone, but it affects are communal as well as the destruction.

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      This was such a tragedy to wake up this morning and read about. A movie theater is one of the few places where you expect something like this to happen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims. Nice hub. Voted up.


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