Seeking Death Penalty in Aurora Shootings Is a Mistake

On July 20, 2012, James Holmes entered a packed movie theatre in Aurora, CO during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Fully armed, Holmes arbitrarily fired at the crowd. When he was done, 12 people were dead and 58 were injured. The police arrested Holmes on the scene, still armed and dressed in his Joker costume. Thus, the fact Holmes committed the shootings isn’t seriously in doubt.

Two Shooting Tragedies: Two Different Media Takes

On July 20 James Holmes entered a movie theatre in Aurora, CO, that was showing a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Using various weapons, Holmes fired at the crowd, ultimately killing 12 people and injuring 58 others before he was arrested. Just over two weeks later, on August 5, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran, entered a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI during services and fired a gun at the worshippers. He killed six people and injured three before turning the gun on himself. Two mass shootings in public places within a month.