We gun owners and shooters and firearms enthusiasts are not heartless and we do feel great sympathy for those killed in this act of violence, their grieving families, and those who were there but not killed. To be amid such violence must be unnerving, and we care for their well being and wish them strength in this most difficult of times. Their lives will never be the same.
I'm thankful that nobody was injured by the booby trap bombs at his apartment, and kudos to the local police, bomb squad, and FBI for handling that properly. But I wonder: If someone HAD been killed because this scumbag mixed some chemicals into a 2 liter bottle and inserted a detonation switch, would people be crying for tighter restrictions on 2 liter bottles?
Let's also dispense with the usual tripe about "If a law abiding citizen with a legal CCW was there..." You don't know that, you can't know that, and any such commentary is pure speculation. I train a fair amount with my EDC pistol (not as much lately, I regret to admit), but I highly doubt that if I was in a crowded theater -- where a flash-bag went off and tear gas is pouring out and people are screaming and running everywhere -- that I could hit much more than the floor. You're not Jason Bourne. MAYBE a legal CCW holder MIGHT have been able to stop him sooner. But we don't KNOW.
Also, for those that don't know Aurora, CO, odd are that SOMEONE in that theater WAS carrying a concealed pistol. Perhaps not a legal CCW Permit holder, but in a theater that seats 100, it's pretty safe money that says there was at least one pistol, if not two, on the body of a patron.
The guy seemed to give up pretty quickly and without much fuss. I almost wonder if he WANTED to be caught.
Think about the cops, firefighters, EMTs, Doctors, Nurses, and other healthcare professionals who responded when the call came. All the folks in the theater are getting assistance, counseling, therapy, and interviews on the tele. The medical folks who had to respond are getting back to work tonight, gearing up to answer the call of another person in need.
Read a story on some website or another about how one of the victims that survived went back to the theater to see the movie. That's the way to do it, young man... you get knocked down and you get back up again and you don't let any crazy sonofabitch or his actions change your life.
Imagine this young lady's grief. I don't have the words.
Finally, while you say a prayer or send some vibes to those injured, and the families of those killed, maybe think about sending one to the parents of the assailant. Their son killed a dozen people and wounded dozens more, and they're probably sick with grief, wondering "What did we do wrong?" They'll be under a microscope for the rest of their life, and that can't be fun.