The events of the horrific Aurora Theatre Shooting unfolded on July 20, 2012. The shooting transpired during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and ended with unthinkable losses.
James Holmes, the sole perpetrator, initially entered the theatre and bought a ticket to the film, sitting in the front row. Approximately twenty minutes into the movie, Holmes exited the theatre through an emergency exit door. He propped this door open with a plastic tablecloth holder and proceeded to go outside to his car. Inside of his vehicle were protective tactical clothing items and multiple firearms. Holmes changed into the protective clothing, which included a gas mask, a ballistic helmet, a bullet-resistant throat protector, a load-bearing vest (which was not additionally bulletproof), bullet-risistant leggings, a groin protector, and finally a pair of tactical gloves. While at his car Holmes also retrieved the guns that he would use in the attack; a 12-gauge Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, a Smith and Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, and a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun.
Holmes then reentered the theatre through the same door he had propped open and entered the auditorium, wearing headphones and playing “techno music” as to not hear the audience’s reactions. He first threw two canisters that discharged a gas or smoke. This smoke caused eye irritation and obscured vision, as well as itchiness to the skin and throat. After this Holmes fired his 12-gauge Remington shotgun at the ceiling, then at the audience. He additionally fired his semi-automatic rifle, but it soon malfunctioned. Holmes lastly fired using his Glock 22 handgun.
Holmes began shooting at the back of the auditorium, then towards people in the aisles. Three people in a neighboring room were hit by a bullet when it passed through the wall, and that area was subsequently evacuated. This room was also screening The Dark Knight Rises. Meanwhile, back in the auditorium where the shooting was taking place, the fire alarm began to sound. The scene was in complete chaos, and some were hesitant to flee due to shouts of an additional shooter in the theatre’s lobby. The first calls to 911 were made at 12:39am, with police arriving in 90 seconds. Some individuals reported the shooting on Twitter rather than calling the police, but officers were already present at the theatre when these tweets were sent.
A total of 76 shots were fired by Holmes in the theatre; six of these were from the shotgun, 65 from the semi-automatic rifle, and five from the Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. When Sergeant Stephen Redfearn, one of the first police officers on the scene, arrived, he decided not to wait for ambulances. Sergeant Redfearn instead sent a number of the victims to the hospital in squad cars. At approximately 12:45am, Holmes was apprehended behind the theatre by Officer Jason Oviatt. He stated that Holmes was calm and “disconnected” during his arrest.
12 people were killed in the Aurora shooting and 70 non-fatal injuries were reported. 10 victims died at the scene and two more died at local hospitals. Four of the victims, Jonathan Blunk, Matt MqQuinn, Alexander Teeves, and John Larimer, were killed while protecting their girlfriends. Two of the victims were active-duty service members. For a full list of the fallen victims, click here.
Two federal officials had stated that Holmes had dyed his hair red and called himself “The Joker”, but authorities later declined to confirm that statement. However, three days later at his first court appearance, Holmes had reddish-orange hair. Authorities found a first aid kit, as well as spike strips, in his car. Holmes later claimed that he planned to use the spike strips if police chased him or shot at him. Police interviewed a grand total of 200 witnesses during the investigation. Holmes was first incarcerated at the Arapahoe County Detention Center under suicide watch.
The Aurora Shooting had claimed the largest number of victims of any mass shooting in the history of the United States, but was later unfortunately surpassed by the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting in 2016, which had a combined total of 102 casualties. The Aurora Shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in the state of Colorado since the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999, which claimed 13 victims, not including the two perpetrators who committed suicide after their attack.
Brownells Becomes Internet’s Largest TACTICAL FALCONRY Dealer
GRINNELL, Iowa – Brownells, known for its incredible
selection of firearms and firearm accessories, proudly announced today
it has become the internet’s largest tactical falconry dealer.
Brownells’ new Birds of Prey product line features hundreds of items
dedicated to enabling private citizens, law enforcement officers and
military personnel to engage in the ancient art of falconry for the
purposes of self-defense, hunting and homeland protection.
The new line features well-trained tactical birds ranging in size from
the sub-sub-compact Black-Legged Falconet up to the full-size Steller’s
Sea Eagle – an offensive raptor designed for maritime operations.
For customers in arctic conditions, the Birds of Prey line offers
Gyrfalcons in traditional Snowy Tundra camo as well as a special Ghostly
White Limited Edition, exclusive to Brownells.
Also available are a full line of tactical bird accessories, gear and
Some of the notable, cutting edge tactical falconry products include:
“Housing the falcons has been the biggest challenge for us,” said Pete
Brownell, CEO of Brownells. “Well trained as they may be, we’ve noticed
they tend to get nervous around lift trucks.”
Some of the newest tactical falconry products in the line come from the
innovative company Critical OperRaptor Dynamics™®∞πµ. Miniature Adhesive
Falcon OperRaptor Beards are available in several colors and sizes and
are guaranteed to resist bloodstains and not jettison during flight.
Also from Critical OperRaptor Dynamics™®∞πµ is a large assortment of
Picatinny-Compatible Falcon Perch Rails to let the tactical falconry
practitioner park his bird on his favorite AR-15 handguard, scope rail
or ballistic helmet interface.
Yes, this an April Fools joke. No falcons were harmed in this ridiculous
hijinks. Actually, we’ve never even seen a real live falcon.
On July the 20th 2012, Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes stormed into the Century Movie Theatre where around 400 people were watching a midnight viewing of Batman The Dark Knight Rises. Wearing a gas mask, helmet and ballistics, Holmes stormed in, tossed tear gas and opened fire. After his gun jammed he went outside and surrendered. 12 people were killed and 70 were injured.
In 2015, James Holmes was charged with multiple felonies and sentenced to life in prison.
Words: 1,552 Notes: I claim no credit for this joke. I got it from this post, although it’s appeared in several other places since; the next logical step was to just run with it, since that’s in all probability what Natasha would do.
Also, the concept was irresistible and I am weak.
My most sincere apologies, and I hope I’m not overstepping when I assume you’re all familiar with “Shrek.”
In May of 2001, Robert Bruce Banner (no aliases yet, although he prefers to go by his middle name) is thirty-one years old. He will turn thirty-two in December. His life centers around the study of anti-electron collision and its production of gamma ray photons, protein-lesion yields and viability in irradiated cells, an 8-bit TTL computer he’s been putting together from scrap, and a woman named Elizabeth Ross whom he has earnest hopes of marrying.
In May of 2001, Natalia Alianovna Romanova (alias “Natasha Romanoff,” alias “Black Widow,” alias “Whatever the Plot Requires”) is sixteen years old. She might turn seventeen in November. Her life centers around the sound of her own heartbeat inside her ears, the feeling of her own hands and arms as she washes off other people’s blood, the sight of a newly-made scar that runs horizontal across her lower abdomen, and the general idea of not getting herself killed. This shapes up to be a
rather all-consuming avocation.
So neither party, understandably enough, is paying much attention to the activity of DreamWorks Studios, or a certain movie it promotes and releases that particular month.
(Bruce may vaguely note a period of several weeks during which he cannot turn around in the supermarket without seeing a green-faced creature
– what was on its head, suction cups? – decorating the front of every cereal box and cookie package, but the image leaves no lasting impression.
Natalia-Natasha-Black Widow, meanwhile, does not go to the
cinemas. She already spends enough time sitting by herself in the dark, waiting for things to happen. Why give away her money for more of the same?)
So after a little refinement this is my new list, I rethought some things and added some new stuff (stolen from other lists). I should clarify I’d be hunting in the woods around the Mid Section of Ontario. It’s spring now I’d expect lows at night no greater than -5 Celsius and highs of 15 Degrees Celsius. These are thick woods lots of moss covered ankle breaking rock and deadfall. No great elevations but lots of lakes and lots of green. Granted I’m in more Wendigo Country but maybe that can be a game for another time. I’m planning this with the expectation that I’d be with a similarly equipped squad sized team. Drew most of my inspiration for change from @grumpyvikingdidnothingwrong@john-paul-jonesing-for-liberty@canadian-carbine and @bigredm38