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James Holmes, Kills 12 people In Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater!

Updated on December 22, 2013
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Whacked-out Nut With A Gun

Copyright 2012 VVeasey Publishing

07/20/12

Some whacked-out gun nut or some nut with guns and smoke bombs, shot up a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killings 12 people and wounding 50 more.


Witnesses Speak

One witness said, she saw a little girl being carried out the theater, Her bloody body appeared lifeless, and had bullet holes her back.

Other witnesses at the Century theater where " The Dark Knight Rises" was playing, said when they heard the sounds of gunfire and explosions.They thought the sounds were coming from the movie, but then saw a man dressed in black, wearing a bullet proof vest, and goggles, throwing smoke bombs and shooting people.

One witness said, "It was mass chaos," "The gunman shot the ceiling and then "he threw in the gas can, and then I knew it was real. "Everyone's going for the door and then everyone starts saying, 'no, he's going to shoot people going for the door,' and he did," she recalled. "They're trying to escape, and he shot those people as well."

Others say they heard "gunshots go off, like a fully automatic weapon. There were like 50-60 gunshots,"

At one point, there were reportedly around 250 cops on the scene. Some took the wounded in their cruisers to hospitals, rather than waiting for EMS to arrive.

The Shooter: James Holmes

The suspect, 24 year old, John Holmes, was arrested in a parking lot without incident. (I called him a gun nut but he was a Ph.D. student, go figure).

Holmes was in possession of a gas mask when he was arrested. Ammunition was found in his car. He had an assault rifle and two handguns. Police said there was no evidence that there were others involved.When he was arrested, Holmes told police officers he was "The Joker," a character in the Batman movie (hmm, I quess he is a nut job)

Holmes told police that his apartment was booby-trapped, so the apartment building he was living in had to be evacuated.

So far, no motive for the shooting has been released

Holmes reportedly got into to the theater through an emergency exit door, after buying a ticket and propping the door open, while he went to get his weapons.


Mass Shooting On The Rise

Now I know some of you gun enthusiasts don't won't to hear this, but doesn't it seem like over the last few years these mass shooting and killings have been on the rise?

According to the Brady Campaign, (an organization that monitors these incidents), "the Aurora shooting is one of the worst incidents of violence since, the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 were 32 people were killed".

Two years later there was the Fort Hood, Texas shooting where a soldier shot and killed 13 of his fellow soldiers.

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama three days before the Aurora shooting, a gunman shot 17 people in a downtown bar. 3 people were killed and two injured after another rampage erupted during a Dover, Delaware soccer tournament".

In Chicago, Illinois, "three separate shootings in only the last 20 days, have left four people dead and at least another 13 seriously hurt".

In another incident, highlighting the rise in mass shootings, two gunman fired 61 shots, wounding several adults and children, in Queens, NY .

The Wall Street Journal writes that the "NYPD recorded 730 shooting incidents this year alone, showing a 12 percent increase from the same time in 2011".

The Brady Campaign said that since 2005, mass killings have definitely been on the rise.

(The Aurora shooting is 6th such shooting this month. July 2012).


The Movie Patrons Should Have Been Armed

Now I'm sure that some people probably think that if all of the movie goers had been armed, all of these people wouldn't have been killed or hurt. Well, if everybody was armed, there probably would have been even more victims, because people would have been firing wildly and blindly, in the smoke filled theater, unable to breathe and in their panic and confusion, shooting other movie goers. And as bad as the current situation is, that would have been a far worst scenario don't cha think?


James Holmes Update

7.23.12

James Holmes had a court hearing today. His hair was dyed red and he looked dazed and confused. His hands and feet were shackled. About 2 dozen of his victims were also present. Holmes never looked in their direction.

7.24.12

Holmes looked psychotic and listless in court, but experts are wondering if he's faking it. Holmes' family is standing behind him and supporting him.

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      American Romance 4 years ago from America

      The only fallacy in your story is misrepresentation of facts...........States that have lessened gun laws are statisticaly now lower in crime rate. Argue it all day but fact is fact. People with carry permits are required to go through training, therefore your analogy of wild bullets flying doesn't hold merit. His guns didn't kill anyone...........he did.............and he could have done it with a pipe bomb, a chainsaw, gases, or a nail gun............the man was crazy and sick, period

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      The fact remains that any "gun nut" will get their guns regardless of laws. If they are prepared to go into a packed movie theater and kill people, do you really think a gun law would have stopped him? It is the weakest argument for gun control because criminals will still have guns, but upstanding citizens will not.

      Here is an interesting comparison on gun control and the rate of all violent crime:

      http://www.mitosyfraudes.org/Polit/gunsFraser.html

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      American Romance

      thank for commenting

      I had the training you talk about as well as military training.

      unless someone is frequenly dealing in situations of danger, especially in crowds when the unexpected happens, they tend to panic as the people in the theater paniced.

      Gunshots were ringing out, smoke bombs going off, most of them couldn't see were the shots were coming from, they were in fear for their lives and they paniced and many of them would have been firing wildly and blindly out of fear if they had guns.

      Some people probably wouldn't have paniced but most people do.

      You're of track because what I'm say has nothing do with gun laws this is just my take on the sitiuation. Can you point-out in my hub where I'm making a argument for gun control? I think you're over reacting

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      AR

      gun control statement not meant for you

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      You begin your hub saying "Some whacked-out gun nut "

      then continue with"

      "Now I know some of you gun enthusiast don't won't to hear this, but doesn't it seem like over the last few years these mass shooting and killings has been on the increase?

      Some of you probably also think that if all of the movie goers had been armed, all of these people wouldn't have been killed or injured don't cha?

      Well, if everybody was armed there probably would have been even more victims, because people would have been firing wildly and blindly in the smoke filled theater and in their panic and confusion, shooting other movie goers.

      And as bad as the current situation is, that would have been a far worst scenario don't cha think?"

      Sounds like a gun control argument to me but I'll take you at your word that it is not what you were advocating for.

      Nutjobs are nutjobs. They will find a way to get the weapons of their choice no matter what.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      SassySue1963 21

      thanks for commenting

      To me gun enthusiast and gun nuts aren't the same just so ya know.

      What I wrote probably sounds like a gun control argument because when you've heard similar things said about the dangers of gun violence, it's usually from those who want ban guns or something like that.

      But don't you think a valid argument can made about the dangers or potential dangers of many people firing guns in certain sitiuations without it being an argument to ban guns?

      I say ban, because guns are already supposedly controlled aren't they? You have to get training, get a permit get a background check, etc.

      So it seems to me, and I have no problem being wrong about this, when you say "sounds like a gun control argument", you men something closer to a gun ban argument.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      I agree on the differences between gun enthusiasts and gun nuts.

      I'm used to hearing those arguments from those proponents of gun bans, so yes I reached an incorrect conclusion from your post. I apologize.

      I don't have too much issue with certain regulations regarding receiving a gun. Who can't wait a week or a few days to get a gun?

      I don't know that it would have been such chaos unless everyone present began shooting. I don't see that ever being the case. Some people simply will not own guns. The chances of everyone owning one are very slim. Even owning a gun would not mean you would have it in that instance. There are many different "concealed weapon" laws from state to state.

      I offer this, only to chew on, what if at least ONE trained person had a gun there? Would less people have been injured or dead? As I said, just a thought to chew on.

      :)

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      SassySue1963

      good points!

      you say "I don't know that it would have been such chaos unless everyone present began shooting. I don't see that ever being the case."

      Maybe, maybe not eveything we both say is all hypothetical.

      Every single person would'nt have to began shooting for there to be "such chaos" as the current situation shows. Only one person firing a gun created mass chaos.

      The more people armed in a enclosed crowded environment, everyone may not start shooting, but many probably would and that would still create "such chaos" because people will be in fear of getting shot or killed.

      "Some people simply will not own guns. The chances of everyone owning one are very slim. Even owning a gun would not mean you would have it in that instance" Another good point.

      Everyone doesn't have to own guns, just many people and it also doesn't mean you wouldn't have a gun in that situaion.

      But as I said and as this current situation shows, one person firing a gun can create great panic.

      Everything we both say and others say about this situation and guns is hypothetical, but good for discussion don't cha think?.

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      MaestroECMcCloud 4 years ago from Lexington, South Carolina

      Very unfortunate and deeply tragic. How sad that in a nation that claims to be deeply religious, guns are so prevalent and readily available. Until we get something in the way of stricter gun control laws, we are going to see more and more scenarios of this type.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Oh I forgot to chew on this

      "I offer this, only to chew on, what if at least ONE trained person had a gun there? Would less people have been injured or dead? As I said, just a thought to chew on".

      I honestly can't say what would have happened can you?

      From the confusion create by the attack out of nowhere, the smoke bombs clouding people's vision, not being able to see what was going on, where the shots were coming from, all those people panicing and running trying to get out of danger while being shot at...

      It's possible one trained person could have made a difference, if they would have been able to find the shooter in a very short time, amidst all of that confusion and not gotten shot themselves, but I think there would still have been many victims.

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      Pamela Hutson 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      What seems weird to me is that this happens so often. Right away people start talking about guns, which is natural, but there's the question of motive, which is what bothers me a lot more. This kind of crime often seems insane and motiveless, so it's common to say the shooter was a 'wack job' or some other term that denotes mental unbalance, but that seems wrong too since the vast majority of people with mental illnesses are NOT violent, and many of these shooters (not all, but many) are not mentally ill.

      So I'm left wondering. Why? It definitely seems to be a thing guys do. You almost never hear about a woman snapping and shooting up any place at all, let alone a public one. This young man was a Phi Beta Kappa enrolled in a pre-med program majoring in neuroscience. So he was functional at the very least. And then, this.

      I don't get it. I live in MI and where I am it seems that every year some factory guy goes off his rocker and shoots his family or workplace and then himself. It's never a crazy person, it's always some regular Joe who snaps.

      There's something about our country that is FUBAR to the max but I'm not sure what it is. Did this always happen and now with 24-hour news we just hear about it more? It's so disturbing.

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      vveasey 4 years ago from Detroit,MI

      CR Rookwood

      Well CR it's a complex situation but in a short synopsis we live in a violent culture with a violent history. the country was founded violently. Genocide of native americans. Old west outlaws are glorified and held high. Most of them psychopathic killers.

      First in mid to late 1800 dime novels glorifield these killers. Including the socalled lawman. Many of them outlaws themselves before becoming lawmen.

      Next gansters were glorified. Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde etc written up in newspapers movies made about their lives.

      War movies were glorified during and after world war two

      The civil war is still being faithfully reinacted and glorified in the south

      Video games for kids are mostly violent, head being chopped off, etc. slasher movies on and on, not thorough just something to think on

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      Bastiaan 4 years ago

      We could have prevent the killings because he send a note about what he is

      going to his schrink the note was a week before the killings in the post room

      unopened the schrink has no time to read the note and for the man behind

      the note.

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      SassySue1963 4 years ago

      The incompetence of his psychiatrist is another issue entirely. I had not heard about any note left, but I also have not researched it lately. If such a note was left, then yes, reading it and acting on it could have prevented the tragedy, however, that has nothing to do with gun control.

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