(Closed) Aurora Colorado shooting

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m not responding to the comments about the conceal carry permit because I’m too upset to really have an opinion either way. 

I’ll just say that I’m totally heartbroken. I’m originally from Littleton and was 11 when Columbine happened. I saw a lot of heartbreak and devastation in my community. It was the first time I truly experienced evil in the world and I think it shaped how I turned out. The older I get, the more the memories of Columbine hurt, because I fully understand the gravity of what happened. I guess it just changed my perception of the world and my home. 

I live near Aurora now, and this whole thing has just broken my heart and brought back so many terrible memories of Columbine. Sometimes I just don’t understand the evil in this world :/ 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

As a British person I have to say I’m shocked by how many Americans think this is a case for MORE guns.

Wouldn’t it be better if there were FEWER guns?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Moomin:  I know, right? People like to think that someone who knows how to responsibly use a gun could have taken the shooter down, but think about that situation – smoky, dark, tons of people panicking and running for the exit. Even if you’re trained in how to use a gun properly, in that situation, could you?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Moomin:  I utterly agree. Although there are so many firearms in circulation in the USA that tighter gun controls probably wouldn’t be much help.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Moomin:  agreed.

 

And in this case, the guy was covered head to toe in bulletproof body armor.  So having a concealed handgun would have done exactly nothing – except maybe kill ADDITIONAL people in the choas and confusion.   I’m all for gun rights, but using a mass-shooting as a reason to carry a concealed weapon is.. umm…  well, lets just say I don’t follow the logic.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t see this as a reason to go out and buy more guns… BUT I don’t see this as a reason to go out and ban guns, if that makes any sense. Either way this is such a tragic incident caused by a deranged individual (who would have found a means to his madness no matter what, especiall seeing his capability to rig his apartment to such extremes) Thoughs and prayers go out to the families!

PS I was watching the news and the commontators were saying that politicians should use this in their upcoming debates. I was horrified and found it very disrespectful to the victims to even think about that. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Woodstock:  Indeed. And uhhhg – politicians are so SICK when it comes to stuff like this.  They won’t hesistate to attack their opponents for merely mentioning it (and accuse them of politicizing a tragedy), but then they’ll turn around and use it for their own advantage and somehow thats not “politicizing” it?   If they really wanted to be respectful, they’d all stfu for a couple of days.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Woodstock: hmm. In the words of comedian Eddie Izzard: guns don’t kill people, people do. But I think the gun helps.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Moomin:   “I just think just standing there going, “Bang!” That’s not going to kill too many people, is it?”

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There is absolutely no way more guns in that theater would have been a good thing. It was dark, crowded, and he was wearing full body armor.

But if he had not been able to purchase four guns in the first place, this could have been avoided.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Moomin:  criminals won’t stop shooting people with guns even if they’re illegal… why would a law stop them? but that’s besides the point. He would have figured out a way to do something henious and a concealed carry wouldn’t have prevented it. Both sides are just dumb to argue about this. I just don’t like people turning a tradgedy like this into some sort of political argument. 

@mandypop:  I was happy to see that both Romney and Obama pulled their campaign ads in the state out of respect. I was actually shocked.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Woodstock:  It’s not really a political argument. It’s a practical one. If there are fewer guns in circulation and they are harder to come by, shootings are less likely to happen. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@moonadea:  I’ve been questioning this as well.  I truly don’t know the answer~ would tighter restrictions have prevented this man from committing this crime?  Or would he have been able to acquire the weapons another way?  It’s not like he was a criminal or in contact with people who supply criminals illegaly.  He only had a speeding ticket on his record.  I doubt he would have gotten them illegaly, but what do I know?  If he couldn’t get the guns, he probably would have used more explosives, but that’s further speculation.

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