It was at the Century Movie Theater complex. A place where we go to escape reality. We seem to like violence in public places in the movies but to some very sick people they need the violence in reality. I don’t blame them in a way. Hollywood provides us with the newest ways to kill people and the engineers find ways with electronic devices like the DVD players that allow us to freeze frame and watch the violence as often as we want.
Twelve dead and 58 wounded at the movies which is located just 12 miles from Columbine High School the site of another devastating disaster in 1999 and we all remember the massacre there. Maybe Colorado needs more musical theater to keep its residents happy. Both locations are not far from Denver either. The suspect is 24 years old James Egan Holmes and is not talking much to police and if there is a motive, well he’s not saying.
The police have the evidence that it was a deliberate planned attempt to harm even more people. To get answers from his home was stalled by traps of tangled trip wires and hand grenades that were set to explode, designed to kill and maim anyone who would dare to enter his apartment. He was detailed in his plan. So, now Americans have to have a fear of just going to the movies.
Holmes bought a ticket like everyone else and sat near the front. Not long after the previews, the nightmare began. They noticed someone get up and walk out unusually by the front emergency exit and not by walking to the rear of the place. Just outside that door his car was parked where police say he stashed an arsenal. 6,000 rounds of ammunition and four guns three of which he used in the shooting.
This should start the debate into how many guns and how many bullets should one be allowed to buy in this country. I buy a song in I tunes and after 7 plays I cant even listen to the love song again but there is no limit as to how many bullets or guns or violent movies one can purchase. Then we wonder why people become sickos. Our candidates should discuss changing some gun laws if they really care about the safety of us that do not walk around with an arsenal of weapons everywhere.
He came back into the theater through the propped open door. Witnesses say he threw 2 canisters at the audience that exploded in a puff of gas and smoke. Then came the bullets and buck shot. Josh Noland ducked under the seat but bullets found his arm and leg and he considers himself lucky. Some hit the floor others tried to run. In the dark all Steven Barton could see was the flash from the muzzle.
Zack Goldish wasn’t even in the theater. He was in the one next door and found that walls don’t stop bullets. He was hit behind his ear and realized that if he leaned back just a bit, he probably would not have a face anymore. When he was finished, Holmes as silently he entered, left the theater, went to his car and waited for police to take him into custody. So, this coward wanted to be safe with his own armor but wanted the fame of being a masterful villain. Well, he succeeded.
President Obama visited the scene and mentioned how hard the tragedy affected him because his daughters loved going to the movies and he experienced the fear and the thankfulness that his girls are safe yet many families lost their loved ones for no damn reason. Governor Mitt Romney echoed the statement the same day.
I wish our politicians could echo the same sentiment about more this country has to offer. Work together to find some solution to end these kinds of tragedies and truly make Americans safe even from other Americans.