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Security tight at Batman film screenings

The Local · 24 Jul 2012, 17:01

Published: 24 Jul 2012 17:01 GMT+02:00

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Suspected gunman James Holmes burst into a packed theatre showing "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado after midnight Friday and allegedly opened fire, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.

Two of the largest operators, UCI Kinowelt and CinemaxX, said they aimed to make audiences feel safe to see "The Dark Knight Rises" when it opens across the country this week.

"Security personnel will be stepping up their vigilance and presence in the lobbies and theatres," a UCI Kinowelt spokesman told AFP. "Beyond that, we reserve the right to search bags."

He added that the chain was encouraging patrons to "avoid costumes that could make others feel uncomfortable".

The spokesman noted that the film had already opened in several other markets outside the United States without incident.

A CinemaxX representative said that popular screenings including midnight shows generally featured more security personnel.

"But we usually keep them in the background, very discreet," he said. "In this case, we decided to bring the security guards more out into the open so they can keep an eye on things."

The film is to be shown at previews in Germany Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of its opening Thursday.

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19:26 July 24, 2012 by germinator
retardation and hysteria... it's not just an american thing anymore.
20:01 July 24, 2012 by marimay
Haha. Well said.
20:04 July 24, 2012 by IchBinKönig
No need for security yet. Just like everything else from America, it will take the Germans 10 years to catch on before they do the same.
20:28 July 24, 2012 by Englishted
Well a publicity stunt by the cinemas on the back of the sad news in the U.S.A. I personally find that rather sick.
04:17 July 25, 2012 by wenddiver
America wasn't meant for the weak. If you can't do a head shot with a pistol, it's probably better you stay home and not emmigrate. We don't need any weaklings or people who need help. We don't need anybody who is going to be a drag on the rest of us.

This was always meant to be a land of rugged individualists, who defend themselves. George Washington, Jim Bowie, Randy Couture, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone I saw the Batman the first night and it was compltely peaceful. I wore a Para Ordanance P-10 in .45 cal., and my girlfriend carried a Glock 23 in .40 S&W.

We were perfectly safe, the new cat woman was smoking hot and the movie was excellent, the best one since the Avengers. My state has lose gun laws and if any creeps had shown up the crowd would have filled hm with holes, straight up, no doubt.

Freedom works, if Colorado's citys had not disarmed their own citizens, this would have been a very different story. None of these lone gun man terrorizing large crowd stories ever happen in New Orleans, or Houston, or Orlando, do they?

Can't waite for the new Super man (the right kind of emmigrant).
04:47 July 25, 2012 by IchBinKönig
well said, wenddiver

never thought I would see Geoge Washinton and Randy Couture in the same sentence. Unfortunately, the theater was a 'gun free zone'. No doubt, had other been armed, this tragedy might have been minimized.
08:27 July 25, 2012 by mkvgtired
Wenddiver, although I own guns and have a FL CCW permit, this psycho was wearing substantial armor, and had a 100 round clip. I will agree that most shootings would typically be stopped more quickly in a CCW state (I'm from IL) but it is a long shot that an armed theater goer would have been stopped because of his substantial body armor.

That being said there was recently a mass shooting at a night club in France (10 injured). Gun laws are obviously more restrictive there than almost anywhere in the US. I'm not sure what can be done to stop these. It is awful and I feel terrible for the victims and their families. It is tough because you never want to see this happen again, but I am really at a loss for words at how to accomplish that.
09:30 July 25, 2012 by wenddiver
@mkvgtired- Good points, but I never said it would be easy. That said, body armor isn't the fight prolonger that TV makes it out to be unless nobody takes a shot or is close enough to take a shot. I have as yet to be in a movie theatere too big to hit a man size target in the distance, even factoring in stress, moving bodies and the smaller size of carry pistols.

I have been shot while wearing one of those heavy UNICOR made vests the FED likes to issue and the sensation is just like getting hit with a hammer or small bat. In fact what it felt most like was on of those bean bag rounds the police use for riots in prisions. The distraction of a couple good guy shooters might have been enough to allow more victims to escape. A couple shooters and we are increasing our chance of a face or hand shot taking him out considerably, factoring in the chances of a weapon strike and our chance of at least disabling him until the poice can show up with a real rifle are pretty good.

Betwen my girlfriend and I we are armed wth 48 rounds of ammo, figuring 10 rounds of .45 cal. for me in the pistol and 10 rounds in my spare mag, Wendy carries 14 rounds of .40 S&W in her pistol and another 14 in her mag. We both have tritium night sites and ammo designd to stop hummans. Would it work. Who knows, but it's bound to work better than lying there as he walks up and dow shooting people.

The shooters at Pearl High School in Mississippi were stopped with a simple bolt action deer rifle from a truck in the school parking lot. I guess it wasn't a gun free zone after all.

Thanks for taking the time to get a concealed weapons permit, we are all safer when we work together and America has no us for do nothings and people who plan to be victims.
10:31 July 25, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Ban anti-depressants, not guns.
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