Aurora Colorado shooting: Facts we have been given, questions, blood dancers don’t waste any time telling us we must ban guns.

I’ve read quite a lot of speculation, heard quite a lot of wrong information, and remain very disappointed (and yet completely unsurprised) by our media’s lack of knowledge of firearms, and their clear anti firearm bias.

How could this have been prevented?

We’ve got people saying that the only way to prevent tragedies like this is to ban firearms.

The sad answer to this question is that it couldn’t. It wouldn’t have prevented this if firearms had been outlawed years ago. Look at England. In countries where private ownership of firearms is forbidden we’ve seen chemical weapons, explosives, and incendiary devices used to much the same effect.

The suspect clearly had the knowledge and access to the materials needed to create explosives and incendiary devices. Had he chosen to use them instead of firearms the casualty list would have been much longer.

Facts we have been given

So far the facts are that the shooter carried three firearms during the shooting, and a fourth was found in his vehicle at the scene.

The firearms in possession of the shooter were:

  • A Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle (AR-15 clone commonly available)
  • A Remington 870 shotgun
  • Two .40 caliber Glock handguns (one was on the shooter when arrested, and one was in his vehicle).

Police reported that the shooter had a “100 round drum magazine” in the AR-15 type rifle, which they also reported jammed at one point during the shooting. They have also reported that all of the firearms were purchased legally.

Additionally is has been confirmed that the shooter used some sort of “smoke or tear gas” canister(s) or device(s) before the shooting started. Multiple reports have referred to these as “grenades”. As far as I know these are not legal for purchase by non Law Enforcement of Military personnel (but I live in California, so that may not be the case in Colorado, but I suspect it is).

The shooter was also confirmed to have been in the possession of the following “tactical gear”:

  • A gas mask
  • A load bearing vest
  • Ballistic armor (I am assuming a vest or plate inserts for the load bearing vest)
  • A ballistic helmet
  • A Throat protector
  • Ballistic leggings
  • A Groin protector
  • “Tactical” gloves
  • Black clothing

The suspect in the shooting is James Holmes, at his apartment police discovered a collection of “booby traps” including “incendiary devices and explosives”. It was also reported that the suspect had recently purchased “more than 6000 rounds of ammunition”.

Neighbors have stated that at or around 12am loud “techno” music with the “recorded sound of gunshots” began playing in the suspect’s apartment, and ceased at around 1am.

12 people were killed, and 58 wounded, making this the shooting with the highest number of victims that the United States has experienced to date.

James Holmes was unemployed (drawing unemployment), and had been since at least 2010. He had withdrawn from a University of Colorado Medical School in June of 2012.

Questions

So how did a 24 year old who had been unemployed for at least two years afford what could reasonably be estimated to be around $10,000 to $15,000 worth of firearms and gear in a rather short period of time?

I’ve seen this question posed, and seen it suggested that the shooting was financed by someone else, even including the US Government. There is no evidence of this. It is completely inside the realm of possibility that the suspected shooter simply led a frugal life and/or had money saved. At this point in time this is just conspiracy theory talk.

Of course if you’d told me 4 years ago that our government would knowingly permit more than 2,000 semi automatic rifles to be sold to Mexican drug cartels, would in fact order FFL holders who called to report the attempted purchases of the rifles as suspicious to sell them, and those rifles would be used to kill hundreds of people including a Border Patrol Agent and an ICE agent, I would have said it was just crazy talk.

It also happens to be a rather convenient time for something like this to happen with the UN Small Arms Trade Treaty coming up for a vote so near in the future.

I find it incredibly sad that I could even find it potentially believable that anyone in our government might have had a hand in this.

How could this have been prevented?

As with every mass shooting in the US, we’ve already got people claiming that banning firearms would somehow prevent mass murder. It won’t. It probably wouldn’t even prevent mass shootings. Just look at England.

In countries where private firearm ownership is forbidden we’ve seen chemical weapons, explosives, and incendiary devices used to commit acts with much the same results. The person responsible for this clearly had the knowledge and access to the materials needed to make explosives and incendiary devices. If he had chosen to use them rather than firearms, it is very likely that the casualty list would have been much longer.

The sad answer to this question is that it couldn’t have been prevented. It is possible that an armed citizen (or several) in the theater may have been able to reduce the list of casualties by a good portion, but this individual was clearly committed to harming as many people as he could.

Dancing in the blood of innocent victims

Michael Bloomberg and Diane Feinstein have already called for banning more firearms in response to this shooting. Bloomberg had already made his remarks before I had even heard what exactly happened (I saw his comments in the ticker as I was watching the news that Friday morning).

It makes me physically ill when these people dance in the blood of the victims of shootings (as they do again, and again), demanding that we peons be disarmed to prevent crime, while being surrounded by armed bodyguards at all times.

I have an image I’d like to share with them. Take a good long look at this.

That’s a picture taken outside of the theater in Aurora Colorado where this shooting took place.

Did you get a good look at it? I hope so, because you people caused this.

You can dance around the issue all you want, but the reality of the situation is that every single mass shooting that has occurred in the US in the last 15 years has happened in a place where firearms are prohibited by law, your beloved “Gun Free Zones”. We in the firearms community (rightly) refer to them as “Victim Disarmament Zones”. Criminals call them “Target Rich Environments”.

I hope you’re happy with yourselves.

By demanding that we be disarmed while you hide behind armed bodyguards, you are ordering us to die for the courage of your convictions.

The reality is that a criminal will not be stopped by a sign or a law. It’s not the inanimate object that causes the crime, or determines the length of the casualty list. I’d put forward that a determined and trained individual with a knife and a lighter could have injured or killed just as many people as this guy did with a shotgun, an AR-15, and a semi automatic pistol. I’d even go so far as to say that any determined person could have caused more harm with a propane tank and a road flare. Are we going to ban those too?

There was another mass shooting in Aurora Colorado recently, only you never heard about it because in that case, the shooter was stopped (after shooting one person) by one of his intended victims who happened to be carrying a gun.

It happens all the time. But you never hear about it because it doesn’t fit the god damn Narrative.

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