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?


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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