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Published: Friday, July 20 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Beefing up security at the cost of moviegoers, huh?
So what happens when another shooting happens at a Mall or a University? Are we going to require TSA-style strip searches at all of those entrances as well?

There is a better way...


Sad for those in Colorado.

Theaters should offer free tickets to one or more Conceal Carry Holders per showing, so honest, law-abiding CCW holders could step-up and neutralize such situations in the future.

Murray, UT

"I don't think they could have prevented this," he said. "It's just a random act of violence."

Really? How about putting alarms on theater exit doors that sound an alarm when someone uses that door? It is reported that the shooter bought a ticket and went out an exit door (no alarm sounded), propped the door open, then went to his car and returned with his weapons and ammo through that propped open door and began shooting people. Sounds like a big lawsuit against the Theater coming to me. And I will not patronize a theater that has "free access" exit doors anymore.

American Fork, UT

We don't need to look at or blame the cinema. It's just the setting. We need to consider what would make a person willing and able to walk into a crowd and start shooting them.

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: Dutchman

Any kind of security you can think up,

some else think of way to defeat it.

Alarms on any alarm door can be easily defeated by just disconnecting the wire at top of the door.

A knee-jerk reaction to a traumatic and rare event serves no one, just look at the loss of freedom because of knee-jerk reactions to 9/11.

True freedom come from eternal vigilance, personal responsibility, and teaching true right and wrong and true morality,

and not the leftest liberal teaching of mushy grey morals and views of right and wrong, and more government control and taking freedom away from all because of one bad actor.

Taylorsville, UT

FYI-side exit doors in theaters alarmed so employees can keep people for opening the doors to let friends sneak in. Apparently this theater employees must have an employee entitlement rule where they won't investigate friends giving friends a free movie pass so the alarm is ignored.

What do you tell children? It is part of the risk of being an american with rights and freedoms that are inherent with a nation of free people with rights to protect and react to personal threats. Life and freedom are companion risk that all americans know and accept. This is why they say freedom isn't free because it can cost lives as well as other risks to keep government out of your life. To keep government from controlling your lives we put our lives at risk even from other craaies.

No one broke the law until the shooting started and then its up to ones own abilities to act according to the thereat or attack. Theses events are so seldom and rare I don't see that theaters, schools, etc, need to increase security, just make sure the employees are americans and trust worthy with integrity and values.

Draper, UTAH

National Guard Troops stationed at every theater yep that's what we need. Can't stop crazies no matter what you try. It's ridiculous to think we can prevent every tragic event that can occur.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Just like placing concrete barriers around buildings after 9/11. Or an increase of law enforcement at Trolley Square. I will stay home and watch DVD movies. (More people are killed in domestic violence in their homes.)

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

O K Corral, here we come.
Soon young people will be saving their $ for a gun instead of the latest electric gadget. It will be really "cool" to get to the age when they can pack that gun everywhere they go. They will always be ready at any event they attend. Should they feel threatened, bullets, unfortunately may ricochet off of walls, etc., and hurt many innocent bystanders, but at least one bullet should hit the crazy nut who initiated the violence. Right?
The gun manufacturers will find it difficult to keep up with the demand for a "small, but deadly weapon". Everyone will have to purchase a bullet proof vest and bullet proof headgear for everyday wear.
This week, the questionable Mr. Zimmerman, tried to break into the News talk tour. Zimmerman stated, " It was God's will that I shoot and kill Treyvon Martin"....
Not a society I wish to live in.
Wonder how we the people, and the next President will deal with this.

Murray, UT

There will be a thorough investigation of this sad sad event and here's what they will find:

Emergency exits never monitored by the theaters own security people and doors were not armed with alarms or the alarms were turned off.

Emails and reports written by security consultants hired by the theater owners advising the owners to arm the exit doors with alarms or monitor the existing alarms to make sure they are operational.

Legal concealed weapon permit holders were required by the theater owner by policy to leave their guns in their cars in the theater parking lot and not carry the concealed weapon on their person into the theater. By this policy, if proven true, the theater owner disarmed the very people who had a right to defend themselves and others from a mad gun man. Remember, it was an off duty cop with a gun that brought down the mad gun man at Trolley Square.

The civil lawyers are going to have a field day with this horrible event. The theater owners better get their check books out.

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