POLL: Will You Feel Safe at The Movies?

A shooting that left 12 dead and 50 injured at a Colorado movie theater following the midnight showing of 'Dark Knight Rises' has many wondering if security should be stepped up.

Dark Knight Rises was set to be one of the biggest movie releases of the summer.

But no one expected the gunshots being fired on the big screen to be a real-life experience.

During a midnight showing in Aurora, Colo. Friday, 12 people were killed and at least 50 injured as a gunman opened fire during the final chapter of the Batman trilogy.

Patch Asks: Will this incident stop you from going to the movies in the future? How do you feel about midnight screenings? What can local movie theaters do to make you feel safe? 

Vote in our poll and then leave your comments below.

John Q. Public July 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
You may have a point there, Ron. Maybe this whacko was seeking the notariety/infamy?
John Q. Public July 23, 2012 at 06:40 PM
So by your reasoning, the American Revolution was anarchy? What good are the "safeguards" you speak of if they are ignored by those we elect and trust to defend them? The safeguard is in the the Constitution that does not grant rights to the people, but in turn bars the government from overreach. It is our job as citizens of this republic to keep the powers that be in line with the Constitution. The rights enumerated in the Constitution are only codified as a protection of basic human rights, they existed long before the Constitution was written. The Second Amendment is only there to codify a free man's basic right to defend himself from those who wish him harm (and yes, some believe this to include the government), just like the other amendments codify other basic rights like speaking one's mind, a right to a fair trial and being free from a warrantless search. The Constitution is in place to guarantee that free people can go about their business unmolested by governmental overreach.
S. Ray July 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
First of all, it's Ms. Ray, not Mr. Second of all, in light of the Fast & Furious program, who's to say that the purchase of these guns by the Aurora shooter was not encouraged by Eric Holder's Justice Department? After all, we have no assurance that the guns sold in that program only went to Mexico. Those guns were sold without the usual waiting periods and background checks, however. Third, I agree that we have other means of speaking out and obtaining redress from our government, but the founders had no assurance that it would be that way. Remember, Benjamin Franklin thought that we would have a king within 50 years after the Constitution was adopted. It is only when the government becomes unresponsive, confiscatory and dictatorial such that we are deprived of our basic liberties that it would becomes necessary for the citizenry to rise up. Thankfully, due to the success of the American experiment, that has not been necessary, but I would argue that America has not been attacked on a large scale because it has an armed citizenry as well as a sound defense. I do recognize our government, and I support it, which is precisely why I think that it is important that we as Americans protect our fundamental rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. As Ronald Reagan said, freedom is never more than a generation away from being lost.
Otis July 24, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Maybe Mr. Friezer should go rent "Red Dawn", or wait until the re-make of "Red Dawn" comes out just prior to Thanksgiving this year, and go see it. Then maybe he will realize the purpose of the Second Amendment. This movie, which is considered a classic, provides an example of the purpose of the Second Amendment in modern context and supports the reasoning of why we haven't been invaded since the early 1900's and why we haven't ever lost a war fought on this continent going all the way back to the orgins of this country.
Sequoya July 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
This poll is a joke. I don't get why there has to be little statements tagged onto the yes or no choices. And what does the location have to do with how we might feel about it? This incident absolutely does NOT make me afraid to go to the movies (I mean, hello, a jet-engine could land on your house right now). What scares me is the fact that it was so easy for this guy to get his hands on so many weapons and that he was able to just stroll into a movie theatre with all of them proudly displayed - yet I had to throw away my water bottle after my purse was checked at the Academy Theatre last week. What planet am I on?! To say that there needs to be a better/smarter system for controlling guns is a huge understatement. This shooting spree is the side-effect of a flawed system (and a flawed mental-health system) and rather than being afraid of what might happen when we step outside we should be taking steps to make sure it's not so easy to get your hands on a gun.


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