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Phat
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Message 1 of 236 (668359)
07-20-2012 9:38 AM


Breaking Story
Gunman turns movie into surreal horror: 'This is real'
A movie theater that my family and I have visited many times was the scene of a violent and life changing event last night.
Tomorrow it will be all over the news and it will be all anyone hears about ---at least here in Denver. My prayers go out to the victims....they will never again feel safe in a movie theater.
It makes me angry.... They ought execute the suspect, but in time we will learn why this loon did such a thing....apart from making a name for himself.
Edited by AdminPhat, : clarification and added link.

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Phat
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Message 3 of 236 (668361)
07-20-2012 9:50 AM
Reply to: Message 2 by vimesey
07-20-2012 9:42 AM


Violence Hits Home
The theater is in Aurora, which is a suburb of Denver, where I live. My family and I have seen movies at the theater before, and the area was normally quite peaceful. I dont own a TV, or I imagine that the entire days news will be filled with reports from the crime scene. They now say that 12 died...instead of 14...many of them children. This brings back memories of the first day that I heard about the Columbine shootings. I was at the dentist and the news was just becoming public.
Initially, in a breaking news story, people are numb to the reality of the magnitude of the situation, since we see and hear of shootings everywhere ...virtually all of the time...on and in the news media. As the reporters begin to write more personal stories...stories of the families and of the victims...the sobering reality of the violent culture that we live in begins to sink in, and I think that all of us will feel this as this story is magnified and detailed in the media.
I don't know if I or anyone else will feel quite the same...out in public with our families...ever again. My prayers go out to the many victims. In a sense, we all are victims by extension.
Add by edit: I wont post any videos (which are numerous) since all of you will soon see and hear plenty of news about this.
Edited by Phat, : added

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Phat
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Message 6 of 236 (668451)
07-21-2012 11:15 AM
Reply to: Message 4 by vimesey
07-20-2012 10:02 AM


Re: Violence Hits Home
By now, the news media has thoroughly covered the story, yet the names of the victims are only now being gathered. Again, our prayers go out to them.
Also, already I have heard a conspiracy theory about how the government set this up (totally baseless and ridiculous) as well as stories about the gunman and his intelligence. I am happy not to own a television, for I select the news that I absorb via my computer.
My early conclusions regarding this tragedy?
1) Changing gun laws won't stop these types of incidents, though the criteria as to what types of guns are allowed to be purchased might be considered.
2) Just because it is a disturbed white guy, it is as much an act of terrorism as it would be had the shooter been black and/or Muslim.
3) People will be ever more willing to trade in personal freedoms for greater public security...and our society will continue to change.
4) There are no easy answers in faith to tell people. I believe, for the record, that God had nothing to do with this, nor any sort of devil, though some fundamentalist friends whom I know would argue the latter to be the case.
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Phat
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Message 33 of 236 (668632)
07-23-2012 11:41 AM
Reply to: Message 24 by jar
07-22-2012 9:44 PM


Re: Death penalty
I think the fact that life imprisonment is cheaper than our execution process is a valid reason to do away with the death penalty even if there were not other moral and practical considerations.
Since when is money that important?

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