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4 Dead In Aurora, Colorado, After Shooting

Another shooting with multiple fatalities in Aurora, Colorado: Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, after an hours-long standoff, reports the Denver Post. Details are still sketchy, but SWAT teams surrounded a townhouse in the Denver suburb after neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 3am. Denver’s 9News reports that police entered the home and shot the gunman after hours of failed negotiations. They found three victims inside. The TV station also reports that one person inside the home escaped. Read more…

Doc Warned University ‘Threat Team’ About James Holmes

The psychiatrist for Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes was so concerned about his state of mind that she alerted members of the University of Colorado’s “threat team.” But they did nothing because Holmes soon dropped out of school, just six weeks before the shooting rampage in a local theater, reports ABC News. Psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, who was treating Holmes, 24, is also a member of the university threat assessment panel, which is charged with protecting the school from potentially violent students. Fenton, who helped write the school’s policy on threat assessment and had the power to convene a meeting of the panel, informed the other members of her worries about Holmes in early June, according to KMGH-TV. Read more…

Dane Cook Slammed For Joking About Colorado Theater Shooting

On Thursday, Dane Cook joked about last week’s deadly Colorado cinema massacre during a stand-up gig at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

He told the audience, “So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie… And I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap… I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theatre, about 25 minutes in, realising it was a piece of crap, was probably like, ‘Ugh, f**king shoot me.’”

In response to his “joke,” some people laughed while others groaned their disapproval. Read more…

The Soapbox: The Aurora Shooting & The Myth Of Men’s Obligation To Be Heroes

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Hey, Patricia Legarreta. You seriously should not marry Jamie Rohrs. Read More »
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A gunman killed 12 and injured 50 at showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Read More »
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In the days, weeks and months following a national tragedy, myths settle into our national consciousness. Myths are not falsehoods, per se. Rather, myths are the stories that we repeat to explain a complex and unnerving topic and make sense of the confusion — to label something “good” and “evil,” to finger the “bad guy” and the “hero.” A story coming out of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting — which I have heard again and again these past few days — is of the three boyfriends who saved the lives of their girlfriends by throwing themselves in the line of fire during the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting.

Matt McQuinn, 27, Jonathan Blunk (above), 26, and Alex Teves, 24, were all killed by gunman James Holmes while trying to protect their dates. According to The New York Post — admittedly not the most reliable news source — McQuinn “dived” in front of his girlfriend. Blunk “threw his date … to the floor, pushing her under the seat.” And Teves “used his body” to shield his girlfriend. Teves’ grandmother Rae Iacovelli said her grandson “got down on the floor and covered [his girlfriend] up.” Blunk’s date told “The Today Show” herself that “he took a bullet for me” and his ex-wife even weighed in to say Blunk “wanted to die a hero.”   Keep reading »

Today In WTF: WSJ Columnist Wonders If Women Saved By Their Boyfriends In Aurora Were “Worthy Of The Sacrifice”

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Hey, Patricia Legarreta. You seriously should not marry Jamie Rohrs. Read More »
Tragedy In Colorado
A gunman killed 12 and injured 50 at showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Read More »
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Ladies, he wants kids. Ugh. Read More »

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto thought it appropriate to question via Twitter if the three women who were reportedly saved by their boyfriends in last week’s “Dark Knight Rises” shooting in Aurora, CO, were “worthy” of the three men’s sacrifice. Samantha Yowler, Jansen Young and Amanda Lindgren’s boyfriends all died protecting them from James Holmes’ gunfire. Taranto’s tweet is shockingly flippant, at best, and as Gawker points out, misses the fact that “selfless personal sacrifice doesn’t occur within a rigorous cost-benefit analysis.” Also, why is Taranto specifically questioning the worthiness of women whose lives were saved by the men who cared for and loved them? Everything about this tweet — which Taranto later smugly described as “challenging” — is just gross. [Twitter via Gawker]

No, Just No: An Aurora Massacre Thong

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A gunman killed 12 and injured 50 at showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." Read More »
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Ladies, he wants kids. Ugh. Read More »
Don't Marry Him
Hey, Patricia Legarreta. You seriously should not marry Jamie Rohrs. Read More »

Well, that didn’t take very long. Some tasteless asshat made thongs reading “Aurora 7-20-12″ for sale on the CafePress web site. They appear to have been taken down by now, but The Cut captured a screengrab. What is wrong with some people?  [NYMag.com]

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