In 2012, James Holmes opened fire during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, resulting in the deaths of 12 and the injury of over 58. Now Cinemark, who owns the theater, has filed paperwork asking the surviving victims and the victims’ families to pay up nearly $700,000.
When the audience filed into Theater 9 at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning, they were there to experience that state of consciousness that only movies can provide. Somewhere between waking life and hypnotic trance, the act of watching a movie is one of voluntary surrender, of letting go of our daily psychological defenses and allowing our imaginations to be colonized by the enveloping sounds and images on the screen.
Survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, who sued Cinemark for liability, must now pay the theater chain at least $700,000 in legal fees. Just four of the survivors are responsible for the bill. The ruling was made in June after a judge reportedly urged the survivors a to take a small cash settlement payment from Cinemark.
Three years ago, in July 2012, journalist Mark Follman heard about the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting rampage that left 12 people dead and felt compelled to learn more — not just about that incident, but about all the mass shootings that were occurring in America.
Follman, the national affairs editor of Mother Jones Magazine, began looking for information online, but it soon became evident that no good databases about the subject existed.
“I found a couple of perfunctory timelines that highlighted a couple of major attacks over the years, but that was it,” Follman explains to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “My response to that was just to think, ‘This is crazy. How could there not be more information on this?’ ”
So Follman gathered a team of colleagues and began building his own database that would collect information such as how often mass shootings occur, who the perpetrators are and what weapons are being used.
Among his findings is the fact that 80 percent of the perpetrators in these attacks have used legally obtained firearms, and that a copycat effect often plays a big part in mass shootings.
Follman notes that the Columbine shooters, who shot up their high school in 1999, have a cult following, “The tragedy that they perpetrated became so seared into the public consciousness that it’s created this whole culture online where you can go and there’s people who obsess over their words and their images, and a lot of the people who have carried out these attacks since then … have cited them as an inspiration.”
My heart is so heavy this morning. I’ve been seeing the list of victims and their ages that have been released so far and I almost began crying.
When will this country fucking say enough? How many more innocent people have to die before change is actually made? In the past 2 and a half years, since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, there have been almost 1,000 mass shootings in the US. These have totaled to at least 1,100 people killed with thousands more injured.
The shooters at both Sandy Hook and Pulse had assault rifles. The movie theater shooting in Aurora Colorado was done with an AR. Those are only a FEW of the incidents these weapons have been used at, the the number has only increased dramatically in the past year or so.
Yet assault rifles are still legal to purchase in the US. A weapons ban bill was introduced last year that would have stopped manufacturing of assault weapons, and place harder restrictions on the sale of already existing assault weapons. This bill did not get passed.
The waiting period to purchase guns - yes, including assault weapons - is generally 3 to 5 days depending on the state. That’s it. A week. Omar Mateen, the Pulse shooter, obtained his weapons a few days before the shooting. Even the fact that he was on a government watch list did not restrict him from this legal purchase.
I am tired of gun rights being more important than LGBTQIA rights. I am tired of gun rights being more important than human rights. I am tired of politicians saying banning them “would not work”. I’m sorry, but look at the rest of the fucking world. Clearly it’s working for tons of other countries, why are we so goddamn different?
It’s disgusting. I’m angry. I’m fed up with this bullshit and I’m sick of seeing people say restricting gun laws would not fix things. I’m sick of people saying letting more men and women carry guns would be a better solution than more extensive background checks and longer waiting periods and stricter laws around owning guns. I don’t know what fucking world your head is in to think something like that.
There is no reason. ABSOLUTELY NO REASON. A citizen needs to own an assault weapon. NONE. An assault weapon is not a weapon for protection. It is not a weapon for sport. It is a weapon of WAR and it’s ONLY PURPOSE is killing.
I am angry. I am heartbroken. I am scared for our community and I am disheartened that these safe spaces are being robbed from us. I am upset that it’s necessary for us to say “most recent shooting” or “today’s/yesterday’s shooting” when discussing the tragedy. I am upset that this will affect Pride gatherings and parades, making them feel unsafe and causing people to no longer want to go - especially people who would be attending their first Pride.
To everyone in our community, everyone reading this: I love you all. You are all important and loved and strong. And stay safe. No matter what that means for you, stay safe. And my inbox is always open if anyone needs it.
(AP) The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released Wednesday.
The study focused on 160 “active shooter incidents” between 2000 and 2013. Those are typically defined as cases in which a gunman in an attack shoots or attempts to shoot people in a populated area.
The goal of the report, which excluded shootings that are gang and drug related, was to compile accurate data about the attacks and to help local police prepare for or respond to similar killings in the future, federal law enforcement officials said.
“These incidents, the large majority of them, are over in minutes. So it’s going to have to be a teaching and training of the best tactics, techniques and procedures to our state and local partners,” said James F. Yacone, an FBI assistant director who oversees crisis response and was involved in the report.
According to the report, an average of six shooting incidents occurred in the first seven years that were studied. That average rose to more than 16 per year in the last seven years of the study. That period included the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as last year’s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard in which a gunman killed 12 people before dying in a police shootout.
The truth is made worse by the reality that no one—really no one—anywhere on the political spectrum has the courage to speak out about the madness of unleashed guns and what they do to American life. That includes the President, whose consoling message managed to avoid the issue of why these killings take place. Of course, we don’t know, and perhaps never will, what exactly “made him” do what he did; but we know how he did it. Those who fight for the right of every madman and every criminal to have as many people-killing weapons as they want share moral responsibility for what happened last night—as they will when it happens again. And it will happen again.
NFL Draft prospect Jordan Murphy survived Colorado’s movie theater mass shooting in Aurora that occurred on July 20, 2012. Murphy described his ordeal for ESPN (excerpt follows):
We ducked down, we waited a few seconds. I heard his gun click that he was out of ammunition, so we crawled as fast as we could and then stood up at the end of the row to run. I think I attracted his attention because he turned his head to me, took a shot. Don’t know if it was a shotgun or his AR-15, but the bullet hit right over my head, drywall exploded, sprayed on my face, the dust went in my eyes. At that point I’m thinking I’m not getting out, but I’m running along the way, we were getting ready to turn the corner and the bullet just smashed the drywall. They always said the reason I couldn’t play Division I as a linebacker was because I wasn’t 6-2. I’m 6 feet. If I was 6-2, I’d probably be dead because that bullet is in my head.
Here’s the jest of what took place in the first open court hearing for the Aurora Movie Theater shooting case, in 2014.
James Holmes walks into court today, looks over at his father and smiles at him before taking his seat the defense table.
New defense attorney joins the defense team, name: Katherine Spengler, who is new to the defense team and previously defended Jessica Ridgeway’s killer, Austin Sigg.
The defense attorneys are challenging the need for forensic re-creation of the crime scene at the movie theater, at the trial. They specifically challenged the 3-D scan of the theater, bullet trajectory calculations, and blood spatter analysis.
FBI forensic crime scene examiner Brett Mills testified on the stand today. He has testified 75 times as an expert witness. 8 of those trials as a shooting reconstruction expert. He also has about 20 years of experience in the FBI lab’s firearm/tool marks unit.
The Aurora movie theater shooting crime scene was so complex, that analysts needed lasers to most of trajectories and then measured angles by computers.
According to crime scene analysts there were 238 bullet holes or marks in theater after the shooting was finished.
The analysts did not have enough lasers to complete this task originally.
So that the lasers would show up on pictures the analysts had to take of the crime scene for re-construction purposes, they used a fog machine in the theater to make the lasers more visible, so they could snap the photographs.
According to FBI analyst Brett Mills on the stand today, the majority of the bullets seemed to come from the area right in front of the emergency exit door of theater 9. Which is located right by the bottom right hand part of the screen.
On the issue of the second psych eval, the judge should be ruling on the matter in about 2 weeks. Trial is still on hold until that time.
These are the main points I’ve picked up from the hearing today. If you have more, and would like to add to it, please feel free to do so!