(Original post by ForensicShoe)
As a witness said - "This could have happened at any cinema, in any country in the world. It was a random act of violence."
I suppose though the fact guns are more commonplace means there's a higher chance of someone snapping and using their firearm. For example if I had a mental breakdown now, I couldn't go into my wardrobe and get out my pistol and shoot myself, or someone other people. I'd have to get a gun, which clearly if you know the right people you'd be able to get illegally, but in a broken state of mind it wouldn't be as feasible. Obviously you can get firearms in this country, but just saying ownership isn't so typical. Since gun ownership is much more standard over there, there's a higher chance someone can snap and more easily grab a gun and use it.
Not sure what they could do about it though, I doubt they give licences to people who seem unstable and even the most sensible individual could have a breakdown some point after obtaining their licence.
Don't be so naive. This is 10x more likely to happen in America because of their moronic gun laws.
10x more likely yeah, but it could still happen in other countries. All it takes is one person, who has access to firearms (whether legally or illegally), to snap (Derrick Bird, Thomas Hamilton, etc.).
And I'm not being naive, I was just quoting an eye-witness...
(Original post by joey11223)
Guy was wearing a gas mask? Clearly mentality disturbed, doesn't the main villain in the film wear a gas mask too? Some psycho trying to pose at the character or something possibly..
I'm surprised he's been arrested and not just shot on sight, guess he gave himself up or something. Crazy....
I think you've got it spot on. It's clearly a mentally disturbed person who's probably become obsessed with the dark knight films and has convinced himself he is bane. The bulletproof vest, dressed all in black and a gas mask tells you everything in my opinion.
It really is terrible that people had probably been waiting to see this film for ages and were looking forward to a good night out and in the least place they expected they had their lives taken from them.
"The FBI, which is working with the police, say there is no terrorism link so far."
That's something I guess. Not sure if that makes it better or worse, at least terrorists think they are doing it for a justified cause (no matter how little that cause makes sense). This was just mindless. If I lost a loved one because someone decided that they were going on a rampage I don't know if I could deal with that.
(Original post by benpearson1)
Fair enough, though I'd still say you were being naive for even bothering to post that (you must have thought it was true to some extent, otherwise you wouldn't have posted it).
How many mass shootings do America need for them to realise that they need to change their gun laws? Guns are so entrenched in American society and the American psyche that any politican who suggested any change to legisation would ignored. It’s unfortunate because things like this will just continue to happen. But political sniping can wait as ALL thoughts should go to those involved and their families, R.I.P.
America has a history for mass shottings:
April 1999 - two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.
July 1999 - a stock exchange trader in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 12 people including his wife and two children before taking his own life.
September 1999 - a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide.
October 2002 - a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead.
August 2003 - in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates.
November 2004 - in Birchwood, Wisconsin, a hunter killed six other hunters and wounded two others after an argument with them.
March 2005 - a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people.
October 2006 - a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.
April 2007 - student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000.
August 2007 - Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed.
September 2007 - A freshman student at Delaware State University shot and wounded two other students at a campus dining hall.
December 2007 - a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska.
December 2007 - a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington.
February 2008 - a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured.
February 2008 - a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering.
July 2008 – A former student shot three people in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona.
September 2008 - a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded.
October 2008 - Several men in a car drove up to a dormitory at the University of Central Arkansas and opened fire, killing two students and injuring a third person.
December 2008 - a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.
March 2009 - a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people.
March 2009 - a heavily-armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina.
March 2009 - six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California.
April 2009 – An 18-year-old former student followed a pizza deliveryman into his old dormitory, and shot the deliveryman, a dorm monitor, and himself at Hampton University, Virginia.
April 2009 - a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York.
July 2009 - Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston.
November 2009 - U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded.
February 2010 – A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama, killing three colleagues and wounding three others
January 2011 - a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tuscon, Arizona, killing six people including a nine-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head.