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Dark Knight Massacre Turns Into Dark Knight Lawsuit

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We can't believe it's already been two months since the chilling massacre that wreaked havoc on Aurora, Colorado and the nation.

58 were wounded and 12 were killed during the shooting spree that took place in a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

And on Friday, three of the surviving 58 sued Cinemark USA for failing to provide proper security in the movie theater.

According to them:

"Readily available security procedures, security equipment and security personnel would likely have prevented or deterred the gunman from accomplishing his planned assault on the theater's patrons."

And not only that, but they also claim the movie theater employees failed to help the victims out of the theater.

We're actually surprised more aren't suing, but we bet it's only a matter of time before they do.

Our thoughts are with them all…

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32 comments to “Dark Knight Massacre Turns Into Dark Knight Lawsuit”

  1. Bmartin says – reply to this


    Okay, so you are miffed more people aren't filing suit? Really, so maybe IKEA or Red Lobster should have armed guards at the doors? No, you are wrong, and stupid, this is the unfortunate act of a crazy individual. Those suits are for money, and while I feel 100% awful for those people, you cannot expect 15 year old kids working there to pack heat or even 1 security guard to save that group. Cops won't even approach certain circumstances. Colorado native.

  2. 2

    How crass. Sorry but no cinema can protect against something like this. Its extraordinary and couldve happened in any public place. But no surprise some are trying to cash in. Its the American way sadly.

    Cinemas cannot save you from madmen with guns. Get real.

  3. 3

    Basically everyone that works at the movie theaters near my house are a bunch of kids. Are they really expected to save the day when something like this happens? You can't really blame them for not helping. And really it's uncool to point the blame slightly at them. They are probably scarred just as much as the customers and now they are getting told the are partly to blame. I mean really, there's no protocol for crazed mad man with high powered guns and armor.
    Also, a couple of security cameras wouldn't have stopped anything. Sure the door could have had an alarm but if he wanted to shoot up a theater he would have found away. This was planned with detail. It's not like security checks your bags at the door, he could have easily snuck weapons in with a backpack. Unless movie theaters have TSA type security there are ways to sneak guns in. There's only so much security a movie theater can offer before it's a police state.

  4. Crazy!! says – reply to this


    How exactly would security have stopped that? Do you know what it costs to employ armed security guards? Licensing, training, overtime, etc… and armed guards makes more than minimum wage & I doubt they pay more than that for the other employees at the theater. It is unrealistic to assume that someone else is responsible for your safety at a place that is not high threat or high risk without major inconveniences & immense increase in costs. There is no way the theater could have predicted that a crazy guy would go into ONE movie somewhere in the country in one of the thousands of theaters and thousands of showtimes… Bad things happen… the theater is no more responsible than the people who died for not teaching themselves survival skills and defensive tactics. Puh-lease…

  5. 5

    Re: Bmartin – I agree with all the comments. Especially yours, does that mean EVERYWHERE should stop hiring armed protection? I mean come on, could you imagine Wal-Mart doing so? It totally wasn't their it fault, the only person that should be blames is the young man who fired the guns.

  6. 6

    I just really hope the movie theater doesn't settle. Even if it were my child that died in that theater, I think I would find it really difficult to say that it was the theater's responsibility. I would WANT to believe that, because I would want to try and make sense of what happened and be able to think that it really was preventable. But truth be told, I don't think I could do it. This was truly a random act committed by a psycho and I think that once he made up his mind to do it, he was going to do it no matter what. He planned this out way in advance. If there had been alarmed doors and more security, he would have found another way to do it. Psychos don't let little things like alarms and security guards stop them from carrying out what the feel is their "destiny".

  7. 7

    I also wanted to add, that everybody knows that danger lurks in this world. When you make the decision to go out and live your life and be involved with society, you are making the decision to throw yourself out there amongst the crazy people. There are people with anxiety disorders who don't leave their homes because they are terrifed of something like this happening. They are the only people who are pretty much guaranteed they will never be the victim of a mass shooting. The rest of us, it could be any time, any place. When we step foot out our door, we are taking a gamble. And sometimes people lose that gamble.

  8. Dov says – reply to this


    How the hell do you protect people from a determined well armed psycopath killer? I feel for these people but it sounds like they just money.

  9. 9

    What happened was terrible, but it's absolutely ridiculous that people are suing the movie theater. The people suing are money hungry and it's absolutely disgusting. There is nothing the theater could have done. It was a movie theater in a decent area and they did have security guards. As for employees not helping out, most of them are teenagers making minimum wage. They work at the theater, they don't owe their lives to it. When someone hears shooting, the natural response is to run away from it. You can't blame a bunch of kids for not sticking around and helping people, that's not what they get paid to do.

  10. katie says – reply to this


    A lot of the employees are just teenagers. Cinemark employs 16 year olds.

  11. 11

    this is despicable in my opinion. what happened is awful and it completely sucks for all of the victims and their families. BUT trying to get money out of it and going after the theater is just shameful. I'm glad it's only 3 greedy people. I hope no one else sues because it wasn't the theatre's fault at all. If someone went into a mcdonalds and shot at everyone, would the mcdonalds be responsible?? NO. Because having armed guards at a mcdonalds is ridiculous. you can't lock the world down to *try* to prevent things like this. this could've happened in any public place. it's scary, but true. and you can't expect all public places to be under such heavy protection. the movie theater is NOT responsible and I'm really disappointed that people are suing it. Ugh that's just wrong.

  12. 12

    If someone deranged decides to shoot up your home when you throw a party, what could you have done? I suppose we can all learn from this and lock up and never open our doors to avoid this kind of tragedy from ever happening. Our venue, our fault.

  13. Wen says – reply to this


    Even alarms would not have prevented this tragedy. He went out the door came back with the guns. If the alarm wen toff, some kid would have been there checking the alarm and more people would have gotten hurt. He did not bring the guns in the front door, he snuck them in the back.

    The last time we went to the movies my purse got searched. I was shocked as it never happens here. I was also embarassed as i had a drink in my purse. THe lady told me they were not checking for food, but wouldn't come right out and say what htey were searching for.

    I have gone to a theater around here that did have metal detectors. BUt in cases like this they wouldn't have stopped anything,. If someone wants in and there is a metal detecor they go in guns blazing, doesn't stop a damn thing.

  14. queenbee says – reply to this


    Come on!! Up until 2 months ago, who would have ever imagined that security would have needed to be in place to go watch a movie!! The whole thing is ridiculous, some random guy decides to shoot up a movie theater? Don't get me wrong, it horrific and devastating to hose who lived through it and to the families of those who did not. But until 2 months ago a movie theater was one of the safest places to be.

  15. 15

    I'm sorry, I feel horrible for everyone involved in the shooting but suing just isn't the answer. It wasn't the theaters fault, there was no way they could have anticipated what happened. Putting in tighter security would take away a lot of the fun, relaxation of going to the movies…not to mention the extra cost would raise the already insane prices and it just wouldn't be worth going to the movies anymore.

  16. 16

    People want a perfectly 100% safe world, and it is just impossible. This lawsuit is silly. It can happen anytime and anywhere, and you just can't control the actions of others all the time. Shame on them for filing a lawsuit. This nonsense of wanting a payday for things that are out of our control is ridiculous.

  17. 17

    the security guard would have been the first one shoot.

  18. 18

    this is crazy, they are not going to win this case, no theatre in the world has security procedures, it's like walking down a park and got shot and trying to sue the government for not having security system, simply will not work. What happened was a tragedy and nothing could have prevented that from happening.

  19. 19

    I live in Colorado myself, and while I can certainly sympathize with the plaintiffs in this case, I think that suing the theater for the actions of one pathetic waste of DNA is like suing McDonald's for spilling hot coffee in one's lap. I mean, come on, guys!

  20. jeff says – reply to this


    this is the reason why people are so screwed up. Why are you suing a movie theater when they are just a venue to provide entertainment. I would never try to get money over a loved ones death. It was 1 crazy mans action and not the theaters.

  21. 21

    So now movie theaters are supposed to have metal detectors like the airports! Look how many people complain and whine about having to do security measures at the airports. The guy came in through the back door somehow its not like he came in through the front like everyone else. I am sorry for what happened but its not the theaters fault at all so why punish them. Sorry but I hope their lawsuits are thrown out of court.

  22. jk says – reply to this


    WTF ? Movie theaters should not have armed guards standing at the doors. This was planned for a WHOLE year before this took place. No one knew this was going to happen and the KIDS that worked at that movie theater were as scared as everyone else and of course they had no idea what to do. People are not trained for this kind of thing especially kids who sell candy and movie tickers. I see where they want money but the theater us not responsible for what happened to them. But the $$$$ signs are in their eyes and I am sure the family of those that died will sue too because money always takes away the pain of losing a child or husband or wife. What did the theater have to do with that idiot going in there and opening fire or what did the movie have to do with it?? Not a damn thing. I hope that these people heal and get on with their lives and that nothing like this ever happens again but it will. These kids that worked there are traumatized too. To blame them for not knowing how to help is horrendous and they shoud be ashamed for trying to blame kids.

  23. sjs says – reply to this


    Do you really think the 15 year old kids working to make a buck at the theatre are going to put their lives at risk? That is not in their job description and in a situation like that you put your personal safety first. Why on earth would they escort the patrons out of the theatre. They were in equal amounts of danger.

  24. 24

    Greedy greedy greedy. And shameless. Trying to make money from such a horrific random act is just disgusting. Its not the cinemas fault and you damn well know it. And money will bring loved ones back or repair any trauma? No it will not. Utter greed.

  25. Where were they tho??? says – reply to this


    During this tragic night…. where was the management, employees, who called 911 out of the staff????? Who ran to help the movie goers??????
    I did not see any of the management step in publicly, or at the hospitals etc…

    I went to the movies the other night and I kept checking the two exit doors through out the movie.

    As long as theres hostile behavior, mental illness, and foreigners will harmful intent… hell yes we should beef up security at every public place! Or we will soon look like the middle east.

  26. 26

    Re: -Shootingstar- – He did come in through the front door, bought a ticket and later went out the exit door which he propped open to get his guns and return.

  27. 27

    Re: Where were they tho??? – As long as there is hostile behavior? Are you new to this planet? You idea for a counterintelligence state is so Putin and Hussein you don't even know. Idiot.

  28. 28

    I'm 50/50 on this. For one, where was security? I mean I can understand a middle of the week showing..But this was opening night of a major movie. Lack of security. Lack of security cameras and an unlocked side door. This guy, went to the parking lot, got his car, pulled up to the door, got out, put on body armor, grabbed some guns and then walked in without an employee, movie goer, security or camera seeing him. Weird.

    They should actually be suing the county/state. Which is at a bigger fault than this theater. Why you ask? Well, that theater was a "Gun free zone" in gun free zones LEGAL law abiding concealed carriers are not allowed to have their weapons on them. So by having that gun free law the establishment is taking away a persons right to legally defend themselves. If your business is in a GFZ then they should take the responsibility to protect their customers.

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