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The Aurora Theatre Shooting

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 supplies.

Some of the notable, cutting edge tactical falconry products include:

• Miniature Tactical Falcon Pants

• Falcon Action Camera Mounts

• PreyVision™ Falcon Spotting Scopes

• Falcon Handler First Aid & Suture Kits

• Tactical Falcon Treats • Widening Gyre® Tactical Falcon Signal Whistles

• TalonHone® File & Pedicure Kit

• Falcon Night Hunter Owl Conversion Kit

“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.

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Aurora Shooting
This Day In Crime History

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. 

Cultural Allusions

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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?)

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I’m Ready For The Skinwalker Hunt! Are You?

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

BigRed’s List

Canadian-Carbine’s List

John-Paul’s List

Grumpy’s List


Primary:

  • DSA SA58 Carbine, preferably select fire and painted in a Rhodie camo style(accessories included) 
  • SA58 long rail handguard with extended PARA extreme duty scope mount
  • Elcan SpectreDR with top mounted RDS 
  • Surefire Raid weaponlight 
  • AN/PEQ-15
  • Element, Dual Pressure Switch
  • Magpul MOE vertical grip
  • Ferro Concepts Slingster 
  • ReFactor Tactical Buttstock Tourniquet Holder with RATS tourniquet
  • 7.62x51 Heavy Raufoss (Might be overkill but it’s a fucking skinwalker)


Secondary:

  • Nighthawk Customs War Hawk 1911 
  • Surefire 310r
  • TruGlo TFO sights
  • Sportsman’s Guide Camo 1911 Grips


Tertiary:

  • Remington 870 MCS 10" Breaching
  • Karabiner and lanyard breachers “sling”
  • Magpul MOE Vertical Grip 
  • Ares Gear 5 and 2 shell, shell panels 
  • 12 Gauge Incendiary Tracer, (I/Tr)
  • Critical Defence 00 Buckshot


Save One For Myself:

  • Smith and Wesson 629 
  • Ankle holster


Headgear:

  • USSOCOM Integrated Ballistic Helmet with Ambient Hearing System
  • AN/PVS-31 (mounted to helmet)
  • IR Reflective Canadian Flag Patch (Both Sides of Helmet)
  • Contour+ 2 Roam Night Vision IR Modified Camera (mounted to helmet)
  • Surplus USGI m81 Boonie
  • Black Ferro Concepts Burglar Beanie
  • Oakley Garage Rocks in Multicam
  • Petzl Tikka+2 headlamp


Comms:

  • Wouxun KG-UV6D Two Way Radio
  • Genuine Hypario HPA-771 Antenna 
  • NEXUS PTT2000 In-Line PTT


Orienteering:

  • Sea-To-Summit TPU Guide Waterproof Map Case
  • Local Topographic Maps
  • Suunto MC-2 Compass
  • Suunto Core wristwatch
  • Garmin wrist GPS
  • Steiner T1042r Binoculars


1st Line Gear:

  • Snake Eater Tactical Belt 
  • Blue Force Gear SOC-C Low Profile Suspenders
  • Safariland 6004 holster for 1911 with Surefire 310r
  • HSGI Modular Double pistol mag pouch
  • Standard 1911 mags x2
  • ITS ETA Trauma Kit Pouch Fatboy
  • IFAK 
  • SOF Tactical Tourniquet x2 
  • Lenslight KO in Blue Line Gear kydex sheath 
  • Leatherman Wave with kydex sheath and pistol lanyard
  • Condor Dump Pouch 
  • Crye Precision 330D Thermo Grenade Pouch x2
  • M67 Frag Grenade x2
  • HSGI Gas Mask Pouch (OD Green)
  • Avon M50 with spare filters


2nd Line Gear:

  • Ferro Concepts Slickster (Ranger Green)
  • Ferro concepts dangler pouch (Ranger Green)
  • Tactical Tailor Rudder RHC H-Harness (Coyote Tan)
  • Kabar mounted to left shoulder strap with gorilla tape (Vietnam style)
  • Tactical Tailor Hydration Basic 3L in OD Green on back
  • Customized 6v USGI anglehead flashlight on right shoulder strap
  • HSGI X2RP TACO in woodland camo x4
  • Standard 20rd FAL mags x8
  • Standard 1911 mags x4
  • Tactical Tailor Small Radio Pouch (OD Green)
  • Tactical Tailor Flashbang/Smoke pouch x2 (OD Green)
  • 9 Banger Flashbang x2 
  • Tactical Tailor Zipper Utility Pouch (OD Green)
  • Spare batteries for NOD
  • IR Chemlights x4
  • MVB-902413-PEGASUS 7 Infrared Beacon
  • Mini HD 1080P DVR Button Wide Angle Body Camera
  • ITS ETA Trauma Kit Pouch Tallboy
  • IFAK -SOF Tactical Tourniquet x2
  • Blackhawk Stealth Weapons catch
  • Rite in the Rain Notepad and Pen.
  • Heavy Duty Zip Ties  


3rd Line Gear:

  • Arc'teryx Tango Backpack (OD Green) 
  • USMC Military SealLine MAC Sack Waterproof Dry Bag
  • ITS ETA Trauma Kit Pouch Fatboy
  • IFAK
  • SOF Tactical Tourniquet x2
  • Tactical Tailor 7.62/.308 Double Magazine Pouch x4 (on outside of pack)
  • Standard FAL 20rd Mags x8
  • Snugpak Stasha Shelter
  • 250’ of 550 Paracord
  • Locking karabiners x2
  • Polymer D-Rings x4
  • Snugpak Softie 9 Hawk Sleeping Bag
  • USGI Woobie
  • Aquatabs water purification tablets (x50)
  • Stainless Steel Nalgene, Steel Cup and Titanium Spork
  • Jetboil Java System 
  • 7 days worth of Field Stripped MRE’s, Beef Jerky, Coffee, Uppers and Smokes 
  • Cleaning kit for all four firearms
  • Spare fire starting kit 
  • Extra batteries for everything needing them
  • Jack Pyke LLCS Ghillie Top
  • Laplander folding saw 
  • RMJ Kestrel (outside of pack) 
  • Rat Trap IR Chemlight on Tripwires x4
  • M49A1 Trip Flares x4 
  • M18 Claymores with clackers x2
  • (Rat-Traps set out at 200m, flares at 100m, claymores at 50m)
  • 9 Banger flashbangs x2
  • M67 Frag Grenades x2


Wearables:

  • Crye M81 Woodland pants and shirt 
  • Under Armour Base Layer x2
  • Surplus Wool Socks x10 
  • Arc'teryx Assault Glove FR
  • Danner Ridgemaster Boots
  • USGI Poncho (woodland camo)
  • USMC Fleece Pullover
  • Operator Band 
  • Polish wz.69 Sapper’s Knife (right hand pants pocket)
  • ITS EDC Trauma Kit 
  • Navajo Medicine Bag Necklace
  • Pouch of Sage  


Frank the English Short Haired Operator: 

  • RFID Tracking Chip (I’d carry a wand that would be able to read the chip) 
  • US Palm Half Vest
  • Doggie IFAK with tourniquets 
  • MVB-902413-PEGASUS 7 Infrared Beacon
  • 7x5 QRF Pouch x2
  • WEB-TEX Collapsable bowls
  • Dog Food-US Palm Collar
  • S&S Precision V-Lite 
  • US Palm Leash