Video: Heroes of the Aurora Theater Shooting

August 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm (Aurora, Colorado, Colorado Shooting, Hero, Heroes, Jon Blunk, Shooting Aurora Colorado, Theater Shooting)

The Denver Post has created a web page devoted to the heroes of the Aurora shooting.  Not simply a memorial for those who died as a result of the tragedy, but also including stories of people who put their own lives in danger to help others.  Many people from all walks of life became heroes that horrifying day.

What would I do?

When the lights go down in a movie theater, you are alone, even in the crowd.

Please be quiet. Silence your cellphone.

The room smells of popcorn butter, and your shoes stick to the floor. But the surroundings drift away as the images onscreen spool into your imagination and the sound effects vibrate into your rib cage. The accelerating story takes you along. That’s the point, isn’t it? To escape?

From practically the opening scene of “The Dark Knight Rises,” pretend guns fire and actors shriek, a classic slam-bang opener.

But then, during a quiet scene, the sound of gunshots — suddenly, confusingly — comes alive again in theater 9 at the Century Aurora 16. Bullets rip into the air. Innocents scream. The gunman shouts. The wounded wail out. The bloodshed is real.

What would I do?

Read the rest here…

Watch the video below…

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George Costanza Airs Grievances With the Tea Party: They Want to Enslave Us!

July 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Airing of the Grievances, Aurora, Colorado, George Costanza, Gun Control, Hollywood, Jason Alexander, Second Amendment, Seinfeld, Tea Party, Theater Shooting)

We’ve seen many a politician and  Hollywood liberal elite view the Colorado shooting massacre as an opportunity to voice their opinions on gun control.  Time Magazine even suggested there is “nothing wrong with politicizing” the tragedy.


Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame was no different in arguing against the Second Amendment right to bear arms via Twitter, but took the conversation to a new low.


Alexander went beyond any reasonable counterpoint, going off on a tangent against the Tea Party which included claims that they’re okay with allowing the government to ‘enslave our citizens’.  


One caveat – The citizens he is referring to only consist of ‘liberals, homosexuals, and Democrats’.


Alexander’s entire rant can be seen here, but here is the relevant excerpt below:

And amazingly, I have some minor agreement with these folks. I believe there are evil forces at play in our government. But I call them corporatists. I call them absolutists. I call them the kind of ideologues from both sides, but mostly from the far right who swear allegiance to unelected officials that regardless of national need or global conditions, are never to levy a tax. That they are never to compromise or seek solutions with the other side. That are to obstruct every possible act of governance, even the ones they support or initiate. Whose political and social goal is to marginalize the other side, vilify and isolate them with the hope that they will surrender, go away or die out.

These people believe that the US government is eventually going to go street by street and enslave our citizens. Now as long as that is only happening to liberals, homosexuals and democrats – no problem. But if they try it with anyone else – it’s going to be arms-ageddon and these committed, God-fearing, brave souls will then use their military-esque arsenal to show the forces of our corrupt government whats-what. These people think they meet the definition of a “militia”. They don’t. At least not the constitutional one. And, if it should actually come to such an unthinkable reality, these people believe they would win. That’s why they have to “take our country back”. From who? From anyone who doesn’t think like them or see the world like them. They hold the only truth, everyone else is dangerous. Ever meet a terrorist that doesn’t believe that? Just asking.

Then there are the folks who write that if everyone in Colorado had a weapon, this maniac would have been stopped. Perhaps. But I do believe that the element of surprise, tear gas and head to toe kevlar protection might have given him a distinct edge. Not only that, but a crowd of people firing away in a chaotic arena without training or planning – I tend to think that scenario could produce even more victims. 

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Three Men in Colorado Shooting Died Taking Bullets For Their Girlfriends

July 23, 2012 at 9:00 am (Alex Teves, Amanda Lindgren, Aurora, Colorado, Colorado Shooting, Hero, Heroes, James Holmes, Jansen Young, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn, Michelle Malkin, Samantha Yowler, Shooting Aurora Colorado, Theater Shooting)

It’s not very often that the media focuses on good, heart-warming news in any situation, let alone a tragedy the likes of the Colorado movie-theater shooting.  We tend to focus on the bad news, the shocking news on a daily basis, overlooking feel-good stories because they are ‘boring’.

Guilty as charged here as well.

While the media will be focusing intensely on the story, background, and motive of the shooter in Aurora, despite none of it really mattering to the outcome, it’s certainly nice to see stories of heroism.

Michelle Malkin explains it best when she posted a column focusing solely on the victims…

Many TV viewers have e-mailed their frustration with news outlets running wall-to-wall coverage and photos of the alleged Aurora movie theater shooter. They don’t want to see his face. They don’t want to keep seeing his name.

I share that sentiment completely. While law enforcement officials have not yet released a public list of victims, friends and family members are spreading word on social media about the loved ones they have lost.

Please click on the link to read profiles, see photos, and hear memories of the 12 innocent lives taken by a pure act of evil.

Another aspect of heroism I wanted to share with you today is the story of three men who lost their lives taking a bullet for their girlfriends.

It’s a scenario that as men, we’ve all played out in our minds at some point or another – If ever there were a situation in which we had to sacrifice our lives for the life of our wife or girlfriend, we would do so without a second thought.  We all like to think we would do that.  But would we if the situation presented itself?  Would shock and fear overcome our bodies and minds, or would we react quickly, without hesitation to shield our loved ones from harm?

We may hope so, but these three men did.  And because of that, their girlfriends all survived the massacre in Colorado.

Via the Daily News:

Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.

Please take time to read the rest of the couple’s bittersweet stories…

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Mayor Bloomberg Already Using Colorado Shooting to Promote Gun Control

July 20, 2012 at 9:43 am (Aurora, Colorado, Gun Control, Mayor Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Nanny Bloomberg, Nanny State, New York, Second Amendment, Shooting, Theater Shooting, Tragedy)

Never let a tragedy go to waste, eh Mr. Bloomberg?  Not even 12 hours out and this…
From Politico (h/t Right Scoop):

Asked about the Colorado mass shootings at a movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo., that killed at least 12 people, Bloomberg said politicians needed to offer policy proposals in addition to prayers and sympathy.

“Soothing words are nice,” Bloomberg said during an interview on WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York City. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, ‘Isn’t it tragic?’”

“I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,” he continued. “It’s just gotta stop. And instead of these two people, President [Barack] Obama and governor [Mitt] Romney talking in broad things about, they want to make the world a better place. OK. Tell us how. And this is a problem. No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?”

I would counter that with this:

Too bad there wasn’t someone at that theatre with a concealed carry permit. How many lives could have been saved? — Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster)

No time like the present to start spouting off more nanny state garbage I guess…

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URGENT: Mass Shooting in Colorado Movie Theater, 15 Feared Dead, Dozens Injured

July 20, 2012 at 4:41 am (Aurora, Batman, Century 16, Colorado, Colorado Mall, Colorado Shooting, Dark Knight, Dark Knight Rises, Explosions, Gunman, Movie Theater, Shooting Aurora Colorado, Shooting Rampage)

Police in Aurora, Colorado have confirmed responding to a major shooting scene at a movie theater hosting a midnight premier of the movie The Dark Knight Rises.

The AP reports:

Police say there has been a shooting at a movie theater near Denver, and a hospital spokeswoman says there may be several victims.

Aurora, Colo. police say they are responding to a shooting at a movie theater at a local mall.

Police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson says “the scene is still very active and we have little information for release at this time.”

NBC says that ‘at least 20‘ have been injured: 

At least 20 people were hurt early Friday following a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., police said.

The incident occurred during a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises,” a police official told NBC News.

Several news sources have indicated 10 dead right now, but the International Business Times (IBT)  indicates 12.  They also mention the possibility of multiple gunmen and explosive devices.  Other accounts on Twitter have indicated that tear gas or other incendiary devices were also used.  The report indicates that one man, described as “an Indian male” is in custody while another remains on the loose.

Facts will likely change in this story and I urge people to exercise caution when drawing their own conclusions.  I will update this story as much as possible throughout the day.

Prayers to the victims, their families, and the community of Aurora, Colorado.

UPDATE:  Multiple children reported among the dead.

An update to the IBT report states:

Multiple children are among the dead according to Donna Hayes-Johnson, a news producer at WFHP. It is even being reported that a baby was shot at point-blank range.

Whoever perpetrated this act had to have known going in that a Batman movie would involve many children in the crowd.  This is truly horrifying. 


UPDATE:  9NEWS Denver reports a confirmed minimum of 10 dead, 39 transported.

UPDATE:  Police Chief Says 14 Dead

The Wall Street Journal just tweetd this:
Other reports have indicated as many as 50 people have been injured.
Wish numbers like that would go down as reports come in, but in situations like this it rarely happens that way.  Again, prayers to everyone in Aurora tonight.
UPDATE:  
CBS Denver is reporting explosives found in the suspects home, while police have now indicated only one shooter was involved…
Fox News is saying another victim at a local hospital has passed, bringing the total number murdered to 15.  Meanwhile, the Denver Post has now released this video of moviegoers fleeing the scene of the Aurora shooting:




While the Washington Examiner provides this cell phone footage of the chaos…

UPDATE:  Mitt Romney Releases Statement on Aurora Tragedy

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on this morning’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado: 

“Ann and I are deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence that took the lives of 15 people in Colorado and injured dozens more. We are praying for the families and loved ones of the victims during this time of deep shock and immense grief.  We expect that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

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