This is one hell of a thing to wake up to…
A gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.
….”Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference.
Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said.
Officers came running in and telling people to leave the theater, Salina Jordan told the Denver Post. She said some police were carrying and dragging bodies.
Officers later found the gunman near a car behind the theater.
“A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside,” he said.
The suspect was taken into custody, but no name was released. Oates said there’s no evidence of any other attackers. There was also no immediate word of any motive.
Assuming that this isn’t an act of terrorism, there is no rational reason any person would do this. So, whether the killer turns out to be an Occupier or a Tea Partier, a Rush Limbaugh listener or a New York Times fan, there is no political rhetoric that created this massacre. There’s no one calling for murders in the theaters or wishing death on Batman fans, so it would be nice if no one tried to turn this into a political hot potato once more details come out. Of course, it seldom seems to work that way anymore, does it?
Additionally, we can expect the same argument that always occurs about guns. “Oh, we have to ban guns! People were shot” vs. “If more people had been armed, they could have shot the guy and saved themselves.” Ultimately, these arguments don’t ever seem to change anyone’s mind and it would be nice if, just this once, we could wait for these people to be put in the ground before their deaths are politically exploited. But again, it seldom seems to work that way anymore, does it?
The only thing I have to add to that is it’s always tragic when people are wounded or murdered, but it seems to be a particularly cruel twist of fate in this case because these innocent people were just having a nice night out at the theater when they were murdered. My condolences go out to all the friends and families who lost loved ones in this attack.