Anorak | James Eagan Holmes shot 71 people, killing 12 – blame the Occupy movement and the Tea Party

James Eagan Holmes shot 71 people, killing 12 – blame the Occupy movement and the Tea Party

by | 20th, July 2012

JAMES Eagan Holmes, 24, shot 71 peoples in the Denver suburb of Aurora as they watched the Batman film The Dark Knight Rise s. Twelve are dead.

What else do we know?

* Ben Leung, 27, lived neat Holmes. He tells the Times: “Nobody really knew him…He wouldn’t acknowledge you when you passed him in the corridor.”

* The Times looks for a pattern: “The Century 16 cinema where Holmes attacked his victims row by row is less than 20 miles from Columbine High School, the scene in 1999 of one of America’s worst mass shootings.”

* Holmes was a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Colorado.

* In the theatre, fans were dressed as Batman characters. Holmes wore red hair and claimed to be The Joker. Ray Kelly, the New York police commissioner, tells CBS News: “He had his hair painted red, and he said he was the Joker — obviously the enemy of Batman. It clearly looks like a deranged individual.”

* Barack Obama said: My daughters go to the movies what if Malia and Sasha had been at the theatre?…We have to embrace them and let them know that we will be there for them as a nation.”  Had only they have been there Holmes would have been swiftly despatched by special agents protecting Obama’s children.

* Mitt Romney added, oddly: “I stand before you not as a man running for office, but as a father, grandfather, husband and an American.”  How politicians like to use the phrase “…as a dad”, as if being a parent gives you a unique looks at mass murder. Holms has no children.

* What about the guns ? The Times says:

In 2010 fewer than 100 people were murdered with a firearm in the UK. The equivalent figure for the US, with a population five times larger, was 8,775. The fewer guns in circulation, such statistics suggest, the fewer people suffer their effects….The UK also has very strict gun laws. They did not prevent Michael Ryan shooting dead 16 people in Hungerford, or Thomas Hamilton shooting dead 17 people in Dunblane, or Derrick Bird shooting dead 12 people in Cumbria. All three men used legally held, licensed weapons.

* Holmes had on his possession at the time of his arrest, and AR15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a Remington shotgun and two Glock handguns. He

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