AURORA, Colo. — A gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater, leaving 14 people dead and at least 50 others injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.
There are precious few details in this story although they will likely come to light later on today. For now, we know that the attacker acted alone. He acted deliberately. He knew that there would be big crowds in the theater at 12:30 in the morning. He knew most of them would be young. He had a rifle and at least one handgun. And he had lots of ammunition.
He also had the time to shoot and kill or injure more than 50 people.
Aside for the horror and anger and frustration that I immediately felt, I had a couple of other reactions. One, the press is going to have a field day with this. Watch and see. Second, they will play their “anti-gun” tunes until we’re deaf. Thirdly, expect the Brady gun control freaks to jump on this. Fourth, there’s a chance Obama might get involved, saying something like “Yup, we need that treaty from the UN to be signed into law, to keep this from happening again.” Maybe that’s a stretch. But the O-man wants our guns, that’s certain.
What I want to know is: how did this criminal have the time to shoot 50 people? It takes time to commit a crime of this dimension. Especially when the first few went down and others started screaming and heading for the exits. He had to have time to shoot, reload, shoot, and reload again.
Where were the security guards? Nothing said about that. How long did it take for police to arrive? Nothing said about that.
But also: where were those responsible citizens who have their concealed handgun permits? Where there none in the theater? None nearby?
And so: where were they? Did the theater prohibit gun owners from exercising their rights by posting those little “no guns allowed” signs around? Nothing was said about that. If so, those little “no guns allowed” signs make it safe for a shooter to shoot and kill or injure 50 people because he knew there would be no resistance, no one returning fire. Those little “no guns allowed” signs make a theater, or anyplace else posting such signs, a gun-free zone, just what a criminal likes to see.
Good questions. I hope we find some good answers after the dust has settled and the anti-gun propagandists have had their say.