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A Nation Reacts To The Colorado Shootings

The country from presidential candidates to police commissioners to local editors express their sadness

A nation is stunned after a heavily armed man entered a movie theater in Aurora, CO, early Friday and opened fire.

He killed at least 12 people and injured 50 others, including a 3-month-old child who was shot.

The attack occurred during midnight screenings of the new Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

The shooter, who police identified as James Holmes, also used a smoke or tear bomb to stun the audience before he started firing. Witnesses described scenes of pandemonium and chaos in the theater. Many in the theater did not realize what was happening even as the gunfire began.

Holmes, 24, was arrested soon after the melee. He is in police custody and the FBI says there is no indication that incident is tied to any terrorist groups.

The police originally announced that 14 people had been killed in the attack but revised the death toll earlier this morning.

Many across the country and globe are stunned by the mass shooting.

Both President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney have expressed their horror over the tragedy and their sadness for the victims.

"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," Obama said, according to the Associated Press.

A Northeast Ohio cinema said it is taking extra precautions in the wake of the shootings. 

Some police departments, , are concerned about copycats and have reacted by increasing security around movie theaters.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued the following statement Friday morning:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

Meanwhile, people from across the country try to come to terms with the tragedy. , a local editor for Urbandale Patch, writes:

Will I ever feel safe in a movie theater again?

Sadly, I think we'll be horrified for a few days. Movie theaters will tighten security. Perhaps we'll have to go through metal detectors to get into them, as we do at airports. And we'll accept this as a fact of modern life.

I flew after 9-11. I sent my children to school after the Columbine school shootings -- .

She then muses if these examples of extreme gun violence will ever come to an end.

Ed Fisher July 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Valerie, The "assault rifles" that are sold (and the one used in Colorado) are just look-alike rifles. These are not the same as the fully automatic weapons used by police and military. They're just styled to mimic real assault rifles. Fully automatic "machine gun" weapons are not available to private citizens without Federal permit.
jiim may August 05, 2012 at 03:39 AM
why shoot harmless deer. i have a bushmaster ar-15 assult rifle with green dot laser scope.
MZ August 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Steve you are right. It is always better to take a stand. There are so many people who are afraid to stand up and be counted, to stand up and fight. I would much rather try something and fail, then try nothing and hope for the best.
MZ August 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Timothy McVeigh didn't use an assault weapon. We should ban fertilizer. The 911 hijackers didn't use an assault weapon. We should ban box cutters. There are already hundreds of gun laws, laws against murder, theft, etc... Laws do not stop the lawless. There are evil people in this world. It is sad, but true. If someone is hell bent on killing someone, or many, they will find a way to try even if the assault weapon was never invented.
MZ August 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
There are over 70 million gun owners that killed no one yesterday. To fight for your life and the life of your loved ones is not a super human trait. It’s your duty!

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