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Colorado Shootings Likely to Change Movie Going Experience Indefinitely


Society & Culture  (tags: safety, culture, violence, society, movies, Aurora shootings, ethics, americans, law, rights, news )

Cal
- 758 days ago - csmonitor.com
In the wake of the Colorado theater shootings, many movie chains have changed their security policies. No masks, fake weapons, or backpacks. But would theater-goers accept metal detectors?



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Kevin A. (68)
Monday July 23, 2012, 2:41 am
This is a typical knee-jerk over reaction to what is likely not going to be repeated. Too many of our rules and laws are based on reactionary politics to extremist actions. The fear mongers will milk this situation for all it's worth, to the detriment of our society. What happened was terrible. But using it as the new boogieman to pass ever more restrictive laws is ridiculous.

Let's prevent another 9/11 by outlawing aircraft. Or perhaps restrict buildings to three stories and square or rectangular shapes so they cannot be identified from the air. End unnecessary vehicular deaths by scrapping all motor vehicles in the country. Hey, with that one we cut down pollution too!

We need to outlaw alcohol again, and all psychotropic prescription drugs given their connection to most violent crimes.

We have laws all over this country that are the direct result of the rare instance setting the rule. There are probably still places where you could technically be ticketed for not having someone walking ahead of your automobile with a lantern as you drive through town.

If someone intends to harm others he will find a means to do it. No restrictions you place on the general population will have an effect on such a person. He will find the means to his end. Let's be grateful that this one in Colorado did not carry a couple of bombs in and detonate them from outside. Clearly he had the knowledge to do so.



 

John S. (300)
Monday July 23, 2012, 3:35 am
You would think that they would just monitor the exits, they probably already have alarms on them.
 

Robyn M. (123)
Monday July 23, 2012, 9:06 am
This guy had been planning this for quite some time, hence, the booby trapped apartment, the full arsenal of weapons and ammo. Violence begets violence, and there is a different animal out there now! This isn't going to be the last time this happens. The way society is...it takes very little for a person to "snap"! Next time, who knows? It could be much worse!!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday July 23, 2012, 10:35 am
That's just the point John S., he was able to prop an exit door open to come back in as it was not alarmed.
 

Lauren Kozen (158)
Monday July 23, 2012, 12:37 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Cal.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:39 pm
I'll wait till the movie is on TV as always !
 

John B. (215)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:43 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the csmonitor.com article by Mark Guarino. I don't think those measures will work for someone who sets out to do violence as James Holmes did. Read and noted.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday July 23, 2012, 3:55 pm
Oh, FINE! Will we be subjected to body scans and have to remove our shoes?
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Monday July 23, 2012, 5:03 pm
Well, you already can't enter most government buildings without going through a metal detector, certainly can't get near an aircraft without going through one, so where does this stop? It has been bandied about a lot since 9/11 that our malls would be "target rich" environments for suicide bombers, or idiots like this one. How much freedom do we give up and does doing so really protect us from anything? Then again, what freedom is it we are giving up? The freedom to take weapons into a movie theater? I'm not sure allowing them is a very good idea anyway. Does Colorado have a concealed weapons law? No one in the theater was a George Zimmerman? I swear the world gets crazier every day.
 

Barb PL (1067)
Monday July 23, 2012, 7:56 pm
It is a damn shame! Sadly Noted!!!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1638)
Monday July 23, 2012, 8:17 pm
Outlaw aircraft?? NO! If we start outlawing every form of transportation, every building, every traffic light, every pig track, what kind of America would we be? I believe this was a single incident not to be repeated. Holmes is a pschycopath who needs to get the electric chair! Thnx Cal.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 4:01 pm
Thanks Cal--but will any changes to gun ownership result?
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 5:13 pm
The next day, my son took my 10 yr. old granddaughter to see Dark Knight at our local theater while I took younger granddaughter to another movie in the same movieplex. Nothing was different. Seems like if this was such a concern, safety changes would've been implemented immediately. Rather than address the issue of guns, the media has decided to focus on "anything but". Jon Stewart did a great segment on this last night.
I don't really mind going through a metal detector upon entering the theater, but I think the ticket price is already outlandish. To ban the kids from enjoying their fantasies by playing "dress up" also seems ridiculous.
In 1994, Congress passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban...set to expire in 2004. Due to extreme "lobbying" by the NRA to members of Congress of both parties, this law was allowed to lapse in 2004. I'm informing all my members of Congress that I want this reinstated--immediately. That would be a great start.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 7:21 pm
Dang!No back packs.....heavy purses (there goes my smuggling popcorn).
No masks...uh, like someone could have one in their pocket/purse and put it on in the dark(?)
No costumes at midnight...hmmm when will Halloween the day (not the movie) be banned?
No fake weapons? - there goes the water pistols in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Used to be the worst thing in the theater was cell phones, loud talkers,gum smackers , crying babies, people trying to have sex and gropers who wished they could have sex.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 7:52 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Tal H. (8)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 5:13 pm
Thanks for the post!
 

LMj Sunshine (122)
Wednesday July 25, 2012, 6:51 pm
Thank you
 
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