Here we go again: Denver Police Respond to Active Shooting Situation at Arapahoe High School.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) - Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says there’s an active shooting situation with possibly two victims at Arapahoe High School.
A scene that’s become horribly familiar recently:
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson announced that the shooter came to the high school looking for a specific teacher, who was informed of the situation and fled. After shooting two students, he committed suicide.
I’m in favor of this becoming a trend among far right conservative politicians; we just might see a big attitude improvement: Tom Tancredo to Smoke Pot.
Tancredo, who supported the marijuana reform proposal but said he did not partake in drugs himself, made a bet in a promotional film advocating its passage that he would nonetheless smoke pot if it ended up becoming law. Since it passed, he told Fox News he will uphold his end of the bargain:
“Look, I made a bet with the producer of the film that if Amendment 64 passed ( I did not think it would) that I would smoke pot,” he said through his research and education institute, the Rocky Mountain Foundation. “I will therefore smoke pot under circumstances we both agree are legal under Colorado law. Hey, it’s better than having to do a stupid dance as (Denver) Mayor (Michael) Hancock must perform as a result of losing a bet on the Broncos beating the Ravens.”
St. Thomas More Hospital, operated by Catholic Health Initiatives, argues its way out of a wrongful death lawsuit by claiming that fetuses are not people. The case is heading to the Colorado Supreme Court.
The lead defendant in the case is Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood-based nonprofit that runs St. Thomas More Hospital as well as roughly 170 other health facilities in 17 states. Last year, the hospital chain reported national assets of $15 billion. The organization’s mission, according to its promotional literature, is to ‘nurture the healing ministry of the Church’ and to be guided by ‘fidelity to the Gospel.’ Toward those ends, Catholic Health facilities seek to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those rules have stirred controversy for decades, mainly for forbidding non-natural birth control and abortions. ‘Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,” the directives state. ‘The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.’
The directives can complicate business deals for Catholic Health, as they can for other Catholic health care providers, partly by spurring political resistance. In 2011, the Kentucky attorney general and governor nixed a plan in which Catholic Health sought to merge with and ultimately gain control of publicly funded hospitals in Louisville. The officials were reacting to citizen concerns that access to reproductive and end-of-life services would be curtailed. According to The Denver Post, similar fears slowed the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth’s plan over the last few years to buy out Exempla Lutheran Medical Center and Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in the Denver metro area.
But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect ‘unborn persons,’ and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.
And lest we think that this is merely some legal trick conjured by the lawyers, the client had to approve this defense from the outset.
There are other potential methods of defending a malpractice suit in this case, but the hospital chain, and the Church official at the hospital chain who were involved in the decision, agreed that they would go against the stated church doctrine on abortion and treating a fetus as a person.
In this case, it was the monetary interests of defending the hospital against a malpractice suit to bring out the hypocrisy of the church on this matter. It also presents a test case to show the limits of church doctrine as it relates to health policy, abortion, and the treatment of pregnant women.
I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice.
Are people getting inured to violence like we saw in Colorado this week? Why has there been so little real discussion of ways to stop such devastating weaponry from being used for indiscriminate slaughter?
As a gun owner myself, I’m obviously taking advantage of my 2nd Amendment rights. But I never felt the urge to acquire 6,000 rounds of ammo for a semi-automatic rifle and a drum magazine to help me shoot more, faster, either. The US is near the top of the list for most-armed nations — we’re packing twice as much heat per capita as Yemen.
Is this really necessary? Shouldn’t we start discussing why this is happening, and how we can improve the situation?
Yeah, I wrote “improve,” because when atrocities like the Aurora massacre are easy to perpetrate, when the tools for mass murder are so readily available, then America, we have a problem.
This is a tough issue, with a lot of emotion on both sides. Where do you stand?
Here’s an open thread to discuss the press conference now starting in Aurora, Colorado, about today’s terrible events.
New information about the suspected Aurora killer, James Holmes, suggests that he may have been inspired by Norwegian anti-Muslim terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. The scenario he tried to set up was very similar to Breivik’s — a massive bombing followed by a mass murder attack: Loud Music Used to Lure People to Booby-Trapped Apartment.
AURORA, Colo. — A neighbor of the mass shooting suspect thinks the man, James Holmes, may have tried to lure someone into his booby-trapped apartment to create a diversion during the shooting spree.
The neighbor, Chris Rodriguez, told 7NEWS, he and his girlfriend started hearing loud techno music coming from above them at midnight.
“Usually the complex is very quiet, nobody has parties, so that was the first time we actually had a party or a lot of noise at the complex,” said Rodriguez.
After about 15 minutes, Rodriguez’s girlfriend decided to knock on the door and ask them to turn the music down.
“She went upstairs to the apartment, and she knocked on the door pretty hard, she knocked two or three times and yelled into the door, ‘Hey, can you turn that music down, we are trying to sleep,’” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said that no one answered and his girlfriend didn’t even hear any footsteps. While she was listening at the door, she noticed that the door moved.
“The door moved a little bit, and the handle jiggled a little, and she was contemplating going into the apartment, but something told her don’t do it,” Rodriguez said.
Another similarity to Breivik: the killer had carefully planned this massacre to maximize the slaughter, and was equipped with body armor, two .40-caliber Glock handguns, a Remington shotgun, and an assault rifle with a high-capacity ammo clip.
BREAKING: AP Source: Suspected Colo. gunman had high-capacity, drum-style ammo clip in assault rifle. -PP
His bizarre theory that Al Qaeda was using the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision to plant “terror babies” in the US earned him a spot in the pantheon of Bigoted and Deranged Right Wing Politicians, and today Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) demonstrates his crazy wingnut credentials again: Louie Gohmert: Aurora Shootings Result of ‘Ongoing Attacks on Judeo-Christian Beliefs’.
This man is an idiotWASHINGTON — Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result of “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs” and questioned why nobody else in the theater had a gun to take down the shooter. …
“You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place,” Gohmert said.
“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” he said. “Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters … We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.” …
“People say … where was God in all of this?” Gohmert said. “We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”
Gohmert also said the tragedy could have been lessened if someone else in the movie theater had been carrying a gun and took down the lone shooter.
So according to Gohmert, we need “God’s protective hand” to prevent these kinds of horrible crimes — but just in case, make sure you’re also packing heat.
Awful news from Aurora, Colorado, this morning, where a 24-year old student brought an arsenal into a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” and killed at least 12 people in a horrific massacre: Aurora, Colo. Batman Shooter James Holmes Was PhD Student.
The suspected “lone-wolf” shooter of the Batman movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., earlier today has been identified as Ph.D. student James Holmes, who recently withdrew from his neuroscience studies at the University of Colorado before shooting up “The Dark Knight Rises” screening.
Holmes, 24, moved to Aurora to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado medical center, living just blocks from the hospital in an apartment that is now laced with explosives and being searched by HazMat teams.
Holmes killed at least 12 people and injured as many as 50, including U.S. military members, during the midnight premiere of the movie at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora early this morning. He barged into the theater mid-show, setting off smoke bombs and stalking up and down the aisles firing as many as four weapons at viewers.
He was captured by police in the parking lot while still wearing a bullet-proof vest, riot helmet and gas mask. Federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Holmes bought a ticket to the movie, slipped out of the theater once it began and propped open the emergency exit before gathering his weapons and gear and coming back into the theater. Once inside, he opened fire. …
Holmes was caught by police in the parking lot of the movie theater shortly after the shooting still dressed in his riot gear, an outfit eerily similar to a villain in “The Dark Knight Rises.” He warned police that his Aurora apartment was booby-trapped, leading police to evacuate the apartment complex. They were working this morning to gain entry to and diffuse the apartment, which they said seems to be “elaborately” rigged with explosives.
“The pictures we have from inside the apartment are pretty disturbing considering how elaborate the apartment is booby trapped,” police said outside of the apartment complex today. The “flammable and explosive” materials could have blown up Holmes’ apartment building and the ones near it, police said.
Apparently, this news didn’t surprise Holmes’ mother: Aurora Suspect James Holmes’ Mother: ‘You Have the Right Person’.
A California woman who identified herself as the mother of James Holmes, the 24-year-old man federal authorities said is the suspect in a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, told ABC News her son was likely the alleged culprit, saying, “You have the right person.”
The woman, contacted at her home in San Diego, spoke briefly with ABC News and immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the shooting death of at least 12 people overnight.
“You have the right person,” she said, apparently speaking on gut instinct. “I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”
Right wing blogs are already freaking out in full-on persecuted victim mode, because an early report from ABC News wrongly confused the shooter with another James Holmes in Colorado, who is a Tea Party member.
In response to this incorrect report, for which ABC News apologized soon after, the wingnut bloggers immediately started digging for evidence that Holmes is connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Joel Pollak blared the headline at breitbart.com: EXCLUSIVE: CONTRA ABC NEWS, DARK KNIGHT AURORA, CO SHOOTING SUSPECT JAMES HOLMES COULD BE REGISTERED DEMOCRAT.
Oh, but wait — now there’s an update: “UPDATE: NOT REGISTERED?”
Update (12:49 EDT): Newly-released information on the suspect’s birthdate (which, as indicated in our initial report, was a slight mismatch), combined with new details Breitbart News has obtained about the suspect’s likely addresses, together suggest that the suspect may, in fact, not have been registered to vote.
What a bunch of hateful clowns.