20 Things that jump out about the Dark Knight Aurora Shooting.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 24, 2012
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Update, #21 via Daily What:

Meet Hugo Medley…was born Tuesday to parents Katie and Caleb Medley.

Katie escaped the theater uninjured, but Caleb was shot in the eye and suffered brain damage, and he remains in a medically induced coma.

UPDATE: A website has been launched to raise money for the uninsured family of three, who face up to $2 million in medical bills. Donations…total $240,000 in just under 48 hours.

Update: this one goes along with #1:

20 Things that jump out about the Dark Knight Aurora Shooting.

1. “I’m frustrated that toy guns are no longer allowed in AMC theaters but it’s still totally cool to have a loaded firearm secretly nestled under your belt as you munch on your popcorn.”

2. “Three heroes died in Aurora taking bullets for their girlfriends.” [NYDN] And at least one more covered his (pregnant) girlfriend with his own body, and lived to tell the tale.

3. One of those killed in Aurora is a 6-year-old girl.

4. One of those killed, Jessica “Redfield” Ghawi, had survived (and written about) a shooting a month and a half ago.

5. The suspect’s mother’s reaction when called by ABC News: “You have the right person… I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”

6. Heartbreaking first relevant audio via police scanner: 1:27: “Bring as much crime scene tape as you can.”

7. Excerpt: Initial public statement from President Obama: “As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.”

8. In Colorado, the shooting has prompted a sudden surge in gun sales.

9. Holmes was previously rejected from membership in a gun club.

Glenn Rotkovich, owner of a private Colorado gun range outside Denver, quickly concluded there was something wrong with Holmes.

Holmes applied to join the range in late June. But Rotkovich said that after calling Holmes back and hearing a “bizarre” voice mail message — spoken in a strange, low-pitched voice with heavy breathing — he concluded he didn’t want Holmes as a member.

“I flagged him to people and said, if he shows up, I don’t trust him.”

10. Salon on Aurora: “Anybody in this country who wants to kill a lot of people in a crowded public space can do so fairly easily. The fact this almost never happens indicates how wildly overstated the threat of terrorism is in America today.”

11. Aurora shooting victim could face $2 million in medical bills because of lack of health insurance.

12. James Holmes got his (AR) ammo off the internet without any background check.

13. “They put [James Holmes] in solitary because the other prisoners wanted to kill him.”

14. Batman doesn’t use guns; hates them.

15. Holmes could have killed many more, but his assault rifle jammed. Some mixed reports on this one.

16. He spent days booby-trapping his apartment with explosives, then warned the police about it when he was captured. Weird.

17. Via a CNN commenter: “…he shot 60 people who did not die. He loaded his shotgun with birdshot instead of buckshot, and the .40 cal Glocks are far deadlier than the Bushmaster AR-15 (same model used by the DC snipers). The military rounds went on through, even through the walls, instead of mushrooming and tumbling inside the bodies. The Glocks leave a fist-sized exit wound, and every core body shot is a kill shot.

The grenades he built from gunpowder salvaged the 6000 bullets he bought and commercial fireworks were deadly enough that each one of the 30 grenades he booby-trapped his home with would have killed more than 12 people in a crowded packed theater. There were 15 other theaters after he finished the first one.

He hasn’t slept much and was drowzy at court. His demeanor tells nothing about his sanity…”

18. Find somewhere to donate here.

19. “Long-term trends suggest that we are in fact currently experiencing a waning culture of guns and violence in the United States.” “States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.” “More guns tend to mean more homicide.”

20. If you have more little bits of news, or quotes, or facts that have stood out or touched you, please share below.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


25 Responses to “20 Things that jump out about the Dark Knight Aurora Shooting.”

  1. Christian Bale came to visit the families in Aurora: http://www.wfsb.com/story/19102955/dark-knight-ri

    Voloch said Bale indicated to hospital officials that he only wanted to visit the victims and the police, and asked that the media not be notified.

    He and his wife, Sibi Blazic, also met with police, emergency responders, physicians and medical technicians who were among the first responders the night of the tragedy, according to the Post.

    Bale and other people associated with the film released public statements on Saturday in support of the victims.

    "Words cannot express the horror that I feel," Bale said in his statement. "I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them."

    It's good to see a reaction of compassion amidst the chaos.

  2. yepthatsme says:

    Wyoming. Nearly every… EVERY household has guns. It's typical for most families to have at least 3, many have many more. Kids learn to use them and to hunt at very young ages. How many homicides, school-shootings, etc. do you see there? Zero. The fear we associate with guns is what generates the mysticism around it for those who aren't familiar with them. This was a horrible incident. If there was a concealed carry person munching on their popcorn, as you are so irritated about, perhaps the violence could have ended earlier than it did with less life lost. Something to consider, the other side, we being open-minded and what not.

  3. ann says:

    just a side note (and not a criticism!) – the mom has since said that her words were (not surprisingly) twisted by the media – she said, "you have the right person," meaning on the phone – as in she was the person they were calling. when she uttered those words, she allegedly hadn't yet heard about the shooting and didn't know why she was being contacted.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Sure thing. There also could have been a shoot-out—a civilian on one side, an armored, prepared maniac with tear gas, gas mask and the element of surprise on the other. Many more could have been shot.

    That said, I agree with your first point wholeheartedly—nothing wrong with gun owners who are trained and comfortable with their guns, don't need guns suddenly overnight (have to wait, say, a month) and shouldn't need to buy assault weapon ammo online, where there's not check at all. ~ Waylon.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Hmmm. I saw a link to the full transcript…but good to know! Context is everything.

  6. ann says:

    well, apparently she's saying she didn't say it in that context, and abc's saying she did, but when asked if the call was recorded, abc (who originally made the claim) replied in the negative… (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/23/james-holmes-mother-abc-news-colorado-shootings_n_1696319.html) …frankly, i don't know, but thought it was worth pointing out that she insists she was misquoted.

  7. ann says:

    guess you have to copy and paste that link as it doesn't seem to want to work normal-like!

  8. Love says:

    yeah, but don't we just love it all?

  9. Suri_k8 says:

    According to the FBI crime statistics from 12,996 murders in 2010, 8,775 were caused by firearms that is 24 deaths a day , double the number of people Holmes Killed , everyday!!!

  10. yepthatsme says:

    Yes. There is no reason for anyone to have a fully automatic firearm other than to kill as many PEOPLE as possible. No one hunts with such weapons.

  11. I shared a long Facebook post on this and would love your thoughts on it.

  12. WhatIsLove says:

    On screen violence as entertainment? Violence in the theatre as horror? Neal Donald Walsch in his "Conversations With God" series said that the sign of true mastery is when the distance between what we think and what manifests gets shorter and shorter. We have now clearly mastered the art of manifesting horror as we continue to enjoy it on the screen. Then we grieve. A vicious circle we pretend we don't see. It's clear, no? More canned statements of sympathy by presidents and flurry of details from media. It's all entertainment. It's clear, no? A coming together of a nation (really?). Until the next one. how many now how many tributes with nice visuals and emotion laden sentiments of grief. We have to step out of the box to see the picture and get a grasp to change the routine. Otherwise we simply are playing into the sympathies of the illusion that something has happened that isn't created by all of us and perpetuates a higher purpose to feed the media emotional control machine.

  13. Ahimsa says:

    When the navy seals went down and we lost about a dozen of them, when a number of troops were recently killed in Afghanistan it was not even on the Yahoo home page for more than a day. Flip the page pretty quickly. Diversion and manipulation. That is the media.

  14. Love says:

    ODE Magazine: The Batman Massacre: Will it wake us up?

  15. @casrose10 says:

    The first person in Journalism that gets the real story on James Holmes will find themselves the leader in understanding truthful journalism which is getting the FACTS.

    This young man as been seriously mind controlled. If anyone knows anything about neurology they can tell from his mug shot that this person did not shoot a automatic weapon. Eyes are the keeper of soul and reveal all. Can tell by James Holmes pupils in mug shot what is going on in this to deceive is to believe mastermind world making FOOLS of everyday people. Natural News and many others have Real Story.

    Natural News is about prevention and whole person health not living in a pick up pieces world of being chess pieces for psychotic mentally ill men who took over USA after WWI .. See Century of Self free documentary on this.
    Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged http://www.naturalnews.com/036536_james_holmes_sh

    The Century of the Self | Watch Free Documentary Online http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-century-of-the… This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings profoundly.

    I have asked http://www.eagleman.com Dr David Eagleman Nuero scientist founder of Neuro and Law to get brain scan of James Holmes as quickly as possible as most likely like Oswald he the pansy and will be murdered.
    Reality of world today is AI runs everything. Our biggest weapon is Intelligence why it is VIP to use what we understand about Neurology and how brain works etc..
    The Brain on Trial – Magazine – The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2011/07

  16. @casrose10 says:

    This is a psychologist who is questioning all behaviors too as nothing is adding up in this operation in Denver and James Holmes is just another victim. For sake of those who died and the injured we have to find out who really did this.
    (2) 21 Questions You Will Not Hear Asked About The Dark Knight Movie Massacre http://www.facebook.com/notes/kazi-kearse/21-ques

    Because someone needs to look into this …and since the main stream media will not even ask the questions…

    I watch news report after news report, and the question is never raised. The question being; “what really happened “…??? I know, they say that a single gunman planned, financed, and executed this entire operation by himself. I however I have 21 questions that I would like answers to.

    Batman… Obama… Anybody… Please, SOMEONE answer them for me, and the American people:

    James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado shooter who reportedly opened fire at a Batman movie premiere, was a medical student at the University of Colorado, pursuing a PhD in neuroscience, reports ABC News.

    I am a therapist, and counselor by trade. I have a doctorate in psychology, and I have been counseling people for many years. I am paid to understand their psyches and see behind the untruths, and lies they try to tell me, and themselves. I would say I’m considered pretty good at it …I can tell you that there are MASSIVE inconsistencies and out right contradictions in the story presented for us about this tragedy!

    I will lay out the questions for you, and you let you decide the answers…

  17. yepthatsme says:

    A complete neurological psycho-social-spiritual and emotional diagnosis and complete life-history as well as motive, intent and various other things can be gleaned from simply looking at a mug shot?

    Amazing. We're doing everything wrong.

  18. Genna says:

    Yes, Ann, I saw the update, too. Her "you have the right person" comment was incorrectly reported by ABC News as referring to her son. She was actually confirming that she was the person they were trying to reach – his mother. She issued a correction notice through the family's attorney two days ago.

  19. the sgriggl says:

    Not sure if this is 'appropriate' as in PC, but a relevant quote from the last Batman: "You know what I noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I tell the press that… ….a truckload of soldiers will be blown up…nobody panics. Because it's all part of the plan."

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