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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    Wouldn't have done any good if they did unless they had body armor piercing shells or could see through the smoke to get a shot at his head.
    We don't know that it would have been useless to return fire.

    I don't know about you but in the past when I was being shot at I had tendency to find cover soonest, even when wearing a flak vest. Those around me did the same thing. It takes a great deal of training a practice and to run in the direction of the gunfire. There are times when that is your safest option. I would bet all I have Holmes did not have the training nor the practice nor would he have had the need someone was returning fire. What he would have done was seek some measure of concealment. Get my point? It is damned hard and usually stupid to do otherwise, I don't care how much armor you are wearing.

    Point 1. If someone had returned fire, Holmes would have stopped his movement other than to initially seek concealment. Believe it. He would also have had to address the person(s) shooting. It is logical to assume that others might have been able to get out of the theater while Holmes attention was focused elsewhere.

    Pistols, Revolvers come in all different shapes and sizes. Some people carry .45 cal pistols, some carry .380s and so forth. If one or more people were returning fire it isn't likely that Holmes would know exactly what people were shooting at him.

    Point 2. While a .45 caliber bullet would probably not penetrate his armor, if the bullet hit him it would hurt like hell and could knock the breath out of him. At that point he'd know he was getting hit with something big. He would have to act accordingly at that point. That's another plus for the good guys. A big plus, we don't know. Anything is better than nothing and more is better than less.

    Point 3. Body armor is never perfect. People get shot in weird places like armpits, through the nose and in the seams of body armor. Holmes was/is probably insane, but he isn't reported to be a dolt. If he had been hit with one round it is very unlikely that he'd just stand there and fire away.

    Other people having guns in the theater may have very well mattered.

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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    What's starting to worry me is not what kind of impact this incident is going to have on gun laws.

    What's starting to worry me is that already, the killer is being described as a very bright person who happened to be a loner and a recluse. Deja vu? Remember, we heard that from the Columbine killers, and that was right down the road from this theater. I really, really hope that that isn't cited as some sort of contributing factor, because we already have enough stigmas in our society as is.
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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    I don't disagree with what you say.

    And I think there is not much people could have done to prevent the massacre, taking into account the attack happened so suddenly.
    I too am interested in what makes someone like Homles want to commit mass murder. I mean it's fine with me if someone wants to be bat**** crazy as long as they don't hurt anyone.

    Yesterday I read a brief article by a psychologist who apparenly studies this kind of thing (what a horrible way to make a living). He said there is often no way for most people to predict this bevior in others. Certainly, there were a lot of red flags regarding Lighener before he shot Gabby Gifford and others. The system failed in a number of places there. But with Holmes and others he said a therapist who.maybe knew him and his life history might have known but why would a therapist have known that much about him unless there was reported prior behavior?

    I'll see if I can find the article and start a thread addressing the psychology behind someone like Holmes. I'll let you know if I start a thread.

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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Agreed. As soon as I saw this on the news, I looked at my father in law and said "Here come the anti-gun nuts". Mayor Bloomberg didn't even wait 24 hours before he started up about it. Why is the mayor of a city on the east coast even commenting about something that happend in the mid west? Doesn't he have some Big Gulp sodas to confiscate or something? I applaud President Obama for not diving into that hackery. He and Gov Romney are handling it exactly the way they should, I believe. Knee jerk reactions to tragedy are what get us our worst policies IMO. Clearer heads need to prevail. Wait on the proverbial gun to stop smoking, then discuss attempts at preventing this stuff from happening again.
    Nope. He banned them, remember?
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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    We don't know that it would have been useless to return fire.

    I don't know about you but in the past when I was being shot at I had tendency to find cover soonest, even when wearing a flak vest. Those around me did the same thing. It takes a great deal of training a practice and to run in the direction of the gunfire. There are times when that is your safest option. I would bet all I have Holmes did not have the training nor the practice nor would he have had the need someone was returning fire. What he would have done was seek some measure of concealment. Get my point? It is damned hard and usually stupid to do otherwise, I don't care how much armor you are wearing.

    Point 1. If someone had returned fire, Holmes would have stopped his movement other than to initially seek concealment. Believe it. He would also have had to address the person(s) shooting. It is logical to assume that others might have been able to get out of the theater while Holmes attention was focused elsewhere.

    Pistols, Revolvers come in all different shapes and sizes. Some people carry .45 cal pistols, some carry .380s and so forth. If one or more people were returning fire it isn't likely that Holmes would know exactly what people were shooting at him.

    Point 2. While a .45 caliber bullet would probably not penetrate his armor, if the bullet hit him it would hurt like hell and could knock the breath out of him. At that point he'd know he was getting hit with something big. He would have to act accordingly at that point. That's another plus for the good guys. A big plus, we don't know. Anything is better than nothing and more is better than less.

    Point 3. Body armor is never perfect. People get shot in weird places like armpits, through the nose and in the seams of body armor. Holmes was/is probably insane, but he isn't reported to be a dolt. If he had been hit with one round it is very unlikely that he'd just stand there and fire away.

    Other people having guns in the theater may have very well mattered.
    You seem to know what you're talking about so I have to bow to your expertise on the matter. But from what I understand there was a lot of confusion in the audience about what was real and what wasn't and then add the fact that people were panicing and trampling over each other trying to get out. Some were even injured from getting stepped on as they hunkered down between seats. Then there was the smoke factor that was burning peoples eyes and throat and making it difficult to see who was who or what. The whole thing transpired over a period of 30 minutes, which to me seems like an awful long time.

    I think a lot of this after the fact talk about what someone woulda coulda shoulda done if someone only had a gun belongs more in the movies than in a real life situation like that. So without knowing Holmes real motives for the rampage, I think it be difficult to say how he would have reacted if someone did have a gun and started shooting back. He could have paniced and run out or he could have gone after the person shooting at him, who knows really.

    I live in Utah and back in 2007 a similar situation occured in Trolley Square which is a two level shopping mall and some kid went on a shooting spree trying to take out everyone he saw. Luckily someone else was carrying a gun but he just happened to be an off duty police officer from another city so he knew better than most how to respond and I have no doubt he saved a lot of lives. But I just don't see the average Joe that carries a concealed weapon responding in the same way at least not without training or prior experience like serving in a war zone. But ugh, this kind of thing just seems to be happening more and more and more.
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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    You seem to know what you're talking about so I have to bow to your expertise on the matter. But from what I understand there was a lot of confusion in the audience about what was real and what wasn't and then add the fact that people were panicing and trampling over each other trying to get out. Some were even injured from getting stepped on as they hunkered down between seats. Then there was the smoke factor that was burning peoples eyes and throat and making it difficult to see who was who or what. The whole thing transpired over a period of 30 minutes.

    I think a lot of this after the fact talk about what someone woulda coulda shoulda done if someone only had a gun belongs more in the movies than in a real life situation like that. So without knowing Holmes real motives for the rampage, I think it be difficult to say how he would have reacted if someone did have a gun and started shooting back. He could have paniced and run out or he could have gone after the person shooting at him, who knows really.

    I live in Utah and back in 2007 a similar situation occured in Trolley Square which is a two level shopping mall and some kid went on a shooting spree trying to take out everyone he saw. Luckily someone else was carrying a gun but he just happened to be an off duty police officer from another city so he knew better than most how to respond and I have no doubt he saved a lot of lives. But I just don't see the average Joe that carries a concealed weapon responding in the same way at least not without training or prior experience like serving in a war zone. But ugh, this kind of thing just seems to be happening more and more and more.
    Other than the person sitting in front of Pee Wee Herman, I've never heard of anybody getting shot at in a theater. I certainly haven't had the experience and don't want it. Everyone posting here, as far as I know, is, like me, trying to determine how to stop someone like Holmes once he has started. Obviously, getting the hell out without getting shot is everyone's ultimate goal, but you just can't force a theater full of people out of two exits that quickly.

    The question is: If you cannot leave, how do you eliminate the threat? "Depend on others" is not a good solution. Given the option of defending yourself or not, I'm guessing you'd want to defend yourself and halt the threat. If someone is shooting a gun at you your options for self-defense are limited. I sincerely hope you are never in that situation, but I'm thinking, with few real options available, you'd probably be willing to shoot someone who was going to shoot you. If there is a better option where me and mine get to live, I'd take it in a second. Wouldn't everyone?

    Holmes was smart to pop smoke in the theater. It added to the confusion, as did the way he was dressed. People just don't think something like mass murder would happen in a theater in Aurora on a Friday at midnight. That was to Holmes' advantage as well. Yes, even if there were people who were carrying concealed guns in the theater, it probably would have taken a few beats before they realized that Holmes was no theater promotion.

    It's always good to plan ahead and think how you would react in any given environment. There are no safe places in America anymore, even at home. People should realize that. As an example, I never leave my house without looking at my surroundings and thinking how I would react to a threat.

    Everyone here, I think is talking their way through what their options would be in a situation like the OP. The options are rather slim. All in all, I think most would prefer to have a way to defend themselves. The best thing you can do is prepare yourself.
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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    gun control has nothing to do with public safety
    The idiocy of your statements never ceases to amaze.

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    Re: Gun attack at Batman film premiere in Denver [W:120]

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Agreed. As soon as I saw this on the news, I looked at my father in law and said "Here come the anti-gun nuts".
    Never fear, the anti-public safety & bullet sales lobby (NRA) will get out in front of this debate and scare the living crap out of any sensible legislature that even proposes we have a discussion about smart gun regs.

    God forbid we examine the problem and trace the path of a firearm used in a crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    Is impotent the word of the week?
    Actually IMPOTENT is the word to describe the WEAK. As in arguments presented by several people without benefit of verifiable evidence or proof to actually support their pontifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig View Post
    Nope. Now get lost.
    In that post you answered a question. The problem for you was that none was asked.
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