Should Movie Theater Security Be Tightened in Wake of Tragedy Near Denver?

NYPD and other theaters around the country have already announced increased movie theater security in the wake of the shooting at the premier of 'Dark Knight Rises.' Do you think permanent increased security in movie theaters will follow?

The New York Police Department will be increasing security at New York City movie theaters following an overnight shooting at a Colorado showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in which 12 were killed and at least 50 injured. According to the Associated Press, a gunman threw tear gas into a midnight showing of the new film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, before opening fire on the crowd.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued the following statement Friday morning:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

Kelly reported that the shooter had his hair and beard painted red and claimed he was the joker. It has also been reported that other theaters around the country have increased security at showings of the movie and France has reportedly canceled showings of the premier. It is unclear yet, what long term implications this will have of theater security.

Like airports in the wake of 911, and schools in the wake of the Columbine shootings, do you think movie theaters are the next public place likely to implement stringent security measures?


Wayne Hanson July 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
No. We don't need a sledge hammer to kill a fly. I hate it when the authorities to be over react to something that is not an eminent danger.
ED CARR July 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Tim July 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
"Federal law pre empts State law, Municipal law, Business policy........so I CC nearly everywhere I go....."
Sharon Swanepoel July 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
This is another case of a huge percentage of the population being penalized for the few who can't function in society. Unfortunately few know the answer to the problem.
Hook July 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM
If more people had CCP licenses, fewer people would have died in that movie theater. I can't imagine he was the only person in that room with a personal weapon.
Dave Ballard July 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Licenses, Dr. Hook? Or actual concealed weapons? License or no, I'd have been shooting back, so I can only assume that no one in there possessed the means and opportunity to do so, hard as that may be to fathom in gun-friendly GA. Once again, the only thing stopping the shooter was another shooter (in this case, 'shooters' in the form of the police), and once again, tragically, the unarmed were slaughtered waiting for such to arrive.
Dave Ballard July 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
There may be ways to mitigate or minimize the problem, Sharon, but I don't know if there's a workable "solution" to the presence of evil in the world.
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) July 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Dave, he didn't stop shooting, he left the building and gave himself up to police. He could have gone on shooting, given the amount of ammo he had.
Dave Ballard July 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Right: he gave himself up to the people who had the means to forcibly stop him. Until that point, everyone else was left to his oh-so-tender mercies.
Rebecca McCarthy (Editor) July 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I think he wanted to give himself up to the police. Obviously, he's not of this world....but was playing a part in the movie himself.
Dave Ballard July 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
You could very well be right. I just hope this otherwise super-smart individual didn't/doesn't manage to outsmart the bomb squad at his apartment as part of the finale.... =/
North Georgia Weather July 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM
You will never stop someone that's bent of doing things like this. Out of the 300+ million people in this country, you're always going to have 1 person that flips out and does something incredibly horrible. Also, a concealed weapon is not allowed in a movie theater from what I understand, permit or not.
North Georgia Weather July 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Even if someone had a gun, with the panic, darkness and smoke, it probably would have been next to impossible to return fire and not hit an innocent person. Not saying that someone with a gun wouldn't have been helpful...
Dave Ballard July 22, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Looks like we've discovered why he didn't just keep shooting: http://news.yahoo.com/ap-source-assault-rifle-jammed-colo-attack-121634899.html
Brian Crawford July 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I heard they were thinking of enlisting the TSA.
Sharon Swanepoel July 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Countries with high domestic terrorism just get used to being searched and going through metal detectors when they go to movie theaters, shopping malls or even groceries stores - sort of like some schools here. There really is no stopping someone with this mentality until after it's happened. It's like people who try to get restraining orders against stalkers, you really have to wait until they do something serious and then it's often too late.


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