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Batman Moviegoers Say Colorado Shooting Tragic, 'Isolated Incident'

Fans still headed to Cleveland theaters to see "The Dark Knight Rises" despite the recent shooting in suburban Colorado.

Andrew Bower called his best friend Friday to make sure he was OK.

His friend lives in Denver, CO., and he wanted to make sure he wasn’t at the theater in Aurora where a gunman opened fire and killed at least 12 people and injured 58 others.

But the tragic event didn’t stop him from seeing The Dark Knight Rises at Capitol Theatre Friday night.

“I think it’s an isolated incident. I think it’s a really sad incident,” Bower said.

Another moviegoer said he’s been waiting to see the movie for more than two years.

“So really there’s not much that was going to stop me from coming down here,” said Jimmy Ryan. “You can’t change what you’re going to do just because of something that happened.”

Cristian Brooks hadn’t heard what happened, but she said she may have reconsidered seeing the movie had she known.

“I’m shocked. That’s horrible. I probably would have not gone to see it if I would have known,” Brooks said.

indicating that the movie chain was “taking precautions to help address our patrons' safety concerns.” David Huffman, marketing director, said they could not divulge more details for security reasons.

WKYC reported that the company also would not allow masks in the theater.

But moviegoers didn’t seem worried about their safety.

“To be honest I was really not nervous at all coming down to the theater, even in light of the terrible event,” Ryan said.

Garry Kanter July 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The 2nd amendment must have been pretty important to the writers of the Bill Of Rights, or else it wouldn't be #2. So your gun license idea is a little overly restrictive, as I read it. But something needs to change. Now.
Ed Fisher July 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM
So your knee jerk solution is to disarm everyone ? Leave us at the mercy of a benevolent, armed police state ? Hitler disarmed the German people, making military rule easy. Japan did not consider attacking mainland U.S. partly because we are a nation of armed individuals that will fight back. Stalin took away the right of private gun ownership, and you see how well that turned out for the Russian people. The incidents of violence will continue because there will always be nut-cases bent on doing harm. What about that is new to you ? But if a nut-case shows up at my house with bad intent, it will turn out very badly for them. I hope I never need my gun. I hope you never need one either. But the world we live in is a deadly place, and doesn't seem to be getting any gentler.
Garry Kanter July 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Please note: I exercise my 2nd amendment rights, but that doesn't mean I'm not willing to discuss weapon controls. How many despots have been overthrown on US soil? How many crazy guys have killed countless innocent people?
Garry Kanter July 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I think the person quoted may have meant "unpredictable" or "random" more than "rare".
Earl Elevant July 23, 2012 at 04:04 AM
If you're going to take the correction fluid to the Constitution, don't forget to get rid of the First Amendment. You can say what you want when you're dead. Uh oh. Doesn't work so well now, eh? Quite frankly, it's too bad there weren't *MORE* guns in that theater. One CCW holder could have possibly saved many people from being shot. Maybe even ended it with minimal injuries or deaths.

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