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An Aurora-Type Incident Here?

Posted Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 10:47 AM

Do you think Shelbyville and Bedford County could potentially be the site of an incident such at the one that took place at the movie in Aurora, Colorado?


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I believe someone could go crazy anywhere (have not heard what was wrong with that guy) but I somehow think someone would be carrying a weapon of their own and might stop it before it reached the same proportions.

Just a hope.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 2:13 PM

It would not truly surprise me if it did happen here. It seems that many of these horrific massacres happen in small towns.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 4:33 PM

I just saw on the news that the Batman film had a scene where thugs came into a movie theater with guns blazing? Hmmm.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 7:37 AM

We allow our children to fill there minds and time with violent movies and video games (programs) and then seem suprised when they act them out for real as adults or teens. A change in programming would seem to be in order.

Could it happen here? Absolutely

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 7:58 AM

I had a beer with Batman yesterday, and he said "it's not the guns, stupid, it's the culture".

-- Posted by Grits on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 9:17 AM

No doubt there will be renewed attempts for gun control after this. I saw Stephenopoulus on ABC this morning talking to guests about what could be done to prevent these things from happening.

One guest said there was no doubt that the entertainment industry influenced these types of action but that they "could not legislate entertainment".?? It would seem the the programmers do not want their programs called into question. Instead, they will attack the second amendment once again.

Whenever, the "culture" is ready to give up the right to bear arms, it will be ready to accept the yoke of bondage of those who DO bear arms.

A few qoutes that come to mind;

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty."

-Benjamin Franklin

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 1:01 PM

Agree with steve mills. It could possibly happen anywhere. But Tennessee is definitely a gun culture area and criminals usually prefer unarmed compliant victims.

The stats say one in twenty people in Tennessee have CCW permits and this doesn't include folks who carry w/o telling anyone.

-- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 4:29 PM

There are no existing nor conceivable gun laws that could have prevented this tragedy from happening. Unfortunately, the only thing that could have prevented this would have been the perpetrator changing his course of action.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 9:55 PM

There was no "movie theater" shooting scene in The Dark Knight Rises." It was to be featured in a trailer for "Gangster Squad." There's now talk of the entire scene being pulled from the upcoming movie.


-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Mon, Jul 23, 2012, at 11:08 AM

I guess the heat is starting to make me argumentative and this is not any reflection on Brian's comment whatsoever.

"There's now talk of the entire scene being pulled" TALK? Hollywood is no longer encouraging a delusional person to put on a red cape and try to fly, they are handing blueprints to these folks and sensationalizing mass murder.

They are just TALKING about it?!!

Is this the society we truly wish to be or are? One that can not get its' kicks without more and more graphic violence?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 2:04 PM


movies, music, and video games do not kill people. People kill people. There are plenty of people, including myself who enjoy horror and action films. But we do not go out and commit crimes to copy the movie. There are plenty of people who listen to music such as M.Manson and Rammenstein. But we do not go out and commit crimes or cause chaos because of the music. The same goes for video games and books. There are mentally sick people who do not need "inspirations". They have enough going on in their heads and could care less what society was doing. Just because you hear on the news how well planned out a meth lab was, including the chemicals, measurements, and equipment needed, does not mean that you are going to go out and copy it. Some people are already weak and are just looking for a way "out".

Most massacres do not just happen spontaneously. They are thoroughly planned out just as Holmes had been planning for at least 4 months. Those who commit these such massacres are actually pretty smart and are very detailed.

But I will agree with you that society has become more violent. We have become a society that is no longer satisfied with the "boogey man in the closet". We have come to expect a gruesome zombie with a chainsaw. Since life in general, is sometimes more surreal than entertainment, the industry has to raise the bar. Sure there are copycats, but throughout history (before technology) there were plenty of copycats, massacres, and nightmares.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 11:18 PM

Sad to say, that in today's world, this can happen anywhere...........

-- Posted by caligal on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 5:08 PM

does anyone else think these white flies flying isn't it odd, that we have so many

-- Posted by ruckers on Fri, Sep 27, 2013, at 1:38 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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