July 23, 2014

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Would This Have Been A News Story Before Friday Morning?

Is the media overreacting, in some cases, to the Colorado shooting?

I ran across this story during a casual scan of the wires Monday morning:

WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) - Police say nobody was arrested when a fight broke out during a Pittsburgh-area showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" prompting audience members to flee the theater.

 

Homestead police Chief Jeffrey DeSimone says his officers were called to handle crowd control at the AMC Loews Waterfront 22 theater during the incident shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday. DeSimone suspects patrons ran out of the theater because they were a little "jumpy" in the wake of a shooting that left 12 dead during a midnight premiere of the movie last week in Aurora, Colo.

 

Police say two people suffered minor injuries, but say nobody was charged with a crime. It wasn't immediately clear if the injured were those fighting or patrons hurt leaving the theater.

 

A spokesman for Atlanta-based AMC did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment Monday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Two things are certain:

There's no arguing that what happened in Colorado last Friday (July 20) was a tragedy beyond belief, especially considering it compounds the Columbine High School shootings of 1999. It also has caused movie theater owners and theater-goers alike to give second thoughts to whether it could happen again, and whether it can be prevented.

But the incident described above, in retrospect, doesn't sound any worse than a typical barroom brawl on a weekend evening, which I actually have witnessed in our area. It sounds like something that might break out when there are large crowds at any event (such as a sports event), and, keep in mind, Pennsylvania has had the same uncomfortable weather we have had this past month, which also leads to tempers flaring.

if I were the decision-maker on this story, I might have said, "no shots fired, no serious injuries, no news".

Another way of looking at this is: hundreds of movie theaters around the country (including the two in our area) showed the new "Batman" movie over the weekend.  Hundreds have shown movies like it in the past. At only one-sad and tragic as it was-did something like the Colorado shooting happened.

What do you think?

 

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