Discussion: Does Aurora Massacre Change Our View of Personal Safety?

A discussion point since 9/11, will the mayhem at the Batman movie make us rethink security at movie theaters, malls or school events? Join the discussion.


An armed 24-year-old man opened fire into a crowded theatre outside of Denver, Colorado late last night, killing 12 and injuring many more innocent movie goers at an opening of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

The massacre occured about 20 minutes from Columbine, Colorado, where in 1999 two teenagers engaged in a similar act of violence at a high school.

Only hours into the aftermath of police arresting James Holmes for the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, some are wondering whether the two crimes are related?

Fear of another similar slaughter is widespread. In Paris, France, theatres have cancelled premiers of the Batman movie to prevent any copycat incident.

How concerned are you in Redwood City of a similar crime being committed, and what steps should be taken to prevent it?

Tell us in the comments section whether you feel it would be wise for theatres across the Peninsula to cancel premiers of what is likely the biggest summer blockbuster movie of 2012?

Or suggest steps that can be taken to ensure safety in large public spaces. We are expected to go through metal detectors at airports and searches when attending large sporting events, is it time to do bring such devices to movie theatres?

And how about gun control? The Second Amendment guarentees all Americans the right to firearms, but some say that crimes such as this would not be as common if it were more difficult for people to own guns.

All these issues and more are part of the discussion in the aftermath of this horrific crime. Share with other Redwood City residents your thoughts in the comments section below.

Since the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 2001, Americans have been on various levels of alert, but anyone with an ounce of cynicism has recognized that movie theaters, malls and school events—so-called soft targets because they are gathering locations with little security—are ripe for domestic terror or deranged madmen.

The Friday morning massacre is the kind of tragedy that can open up wounds in every region in America.

In April, a man shot and killed seven of his classmates at Oikos University in Oakland.

And in 2009, Alexander Youshock went to the Hillsdale High School campus in San Mateo wielding a sword, chain saw and 10 pipe bombs with intent to kill teachers.

All these types of crimes, especially the local ones, remind us how Bay Area residents are just as vulnerable as anyone else.

Do we keep the status quo and prove that we haven’t been beaten, or do we make changes because we want to see next year, want to see our kids get married and our grandkids grow up?

What do you think this morning in light of Aurora, the newest name in tragedy?



Susan Swope July 20, 2012 at 06:43 PM
You can't protect against everything. And it's no good living in fear. Lisa Belkin, in The Huffington Post, closes her oped on the tragedy with "I won't let them (my children) out of my sight." The problem is, you have to let them out of your sight--sometime. And keeping them in your sight won't prevent the random crazy from causing harm. Undoubtedly, there were parents with some of the young people at that screening. I don't think having them in their sight was a protection. Teaching our children to act prudently will help protect them from forseeable dangers. We can only pray that we, and those we love, stay out of the way of the unforseeable.


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