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‘Batman’ actor visits Colorado shooting victims

Christian Bale, the actor behind the Batman mask in “The Dark Knight Rises,” visited victims of last week’s movie theater shooting as they recovered at an Aurora, Colorado, hospital on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the facility said. Emily Crowley, spokeswoman for the Medical Center of Aurora, confirmed that the movie star was at the hospital Tuesday afternoon but did not give any details. Bill Voloch, interim president of the medical center, told The Denver Post newspaper that Bale spent about 2.5 hours at the hospital, where he met with five people still being treated for their injuries. Two others victims
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Even with increasing violence, there’s little enthusiasm for gun control

Gun control advocates sputter at their own impotence. The National Rifle Association is politically ascendant. And Barack Obama’s White House pledges to safeguard the Second Amendment in its first official response to the deaths of at least 12 people in a mass shooting at a new Batman movie screening in suburban Denver. Once, every highly publicized outbreak of gun violence produced strong calls from Democrats and a few Republicans for tougher controls on firearms. Now those pleas are muted, a political paradox that’s grown more pronounced in an era scarred by Columbine, Virginia Tech, the wounding of a congresswoman and
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What do about the increasing gun violence: The debate goes beyond weapons control

On the morning of the latest mass shooting, in a place that has become synonymous with tragedy, Tom Mauser’s phone started ringing at 5 a.m. When he turned on the news his first thought was “Oh God,” followed by an immediate: “Not again.” He’s seen this too often since that April morning in 1999, when his own son Daniel was slain along with 12 others at Columbine High School. In the years that have followed, every time the unthinkable happens yet again _ at a Virginia college, a Texas military base, an Arizona strip mall, a Colorado movie theater _
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Romney on gun control: We don’t need any new laws

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has backed gun control measures in the past, said on Monday that additional laws would not have stopped last week’s massacre in a Colorado movie theater. “I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don’t believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy,” Romney told CNBC’s Lawrence Kudlow in an interview. Both Romney and his opponent, Democratic President Barack Obama, have demurred on the prospect of new gun control laws in the days since a gunman opened fire during
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Survivors recall a night of hell in Colorado

One man remembers the moment he knew his friend’s life was ebbing away as she lay bleeding on the floor beside him. Another remembers the shock reflected on people’s faces as they watched him stagger past, trying to stanch a bullet wound in his neck. Some of the 58 injured survivors of a massacre inside a suburban Denver movie theater are recounting the hellish chaos that erupted as a black-clad shooter unleashed two canisters of gas and opened fire during the Friday midnight premiere of “Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people died. Brent Lowak of Bulverde, Texas, went to the movie
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How did a brilliant science student become a suspect in mass murder?

James Eagen Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbors recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words. Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform — No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was a brilliant science scholar in college. The biggest mystery surrounding the 24-year-old doctoral student was why he would have pulled on a gas mask and shot dozens of people early
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After the massacre: A search for clues, answers

A Colorado suburb shocked and saddened by a deadly shooting spree at a midnight unveiling of the latest Batman movie grieved for the victims while authorities sought a motive and a safe way to reach clues inside the suspect’s apartment, still apparently rigged with an elaborate booby-trap. Police grimly went door to door late Friday with a list of the victims killed in the worst mass shooting in the U.S. in recent years, notifying families who had held out anxious hope that their loved ones had been spared inside the packed theater near Denver. Twelve people died and 58 were
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Colorado massacre puts damper on campaign rhetoric

The deadly shootings at a movie theater in Colorado have briefly silenced the presidential campaign, prompting both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney to cut short their schedules and pull advertising in the state out of respect for the victims and their families. Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that he hopes everyone takes time this weekend “for prayer and reflection — for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover.” The president said Americans should also think about
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Movie theater massacre will spur debate over, but little change in, gun laws

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control. Neither did President Barack Obama nor his Republican rival Mitt Romney, though both canceled campaign speeches on Friday and expressed sorrow for the victims of the shooting rampage. The killing of 12 people at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie in the Denver suburb of Aurora may spark a fresh round of soul-searching on
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Gunman kills 12, wounds 50 in Colorado theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises”

A gunman opened fire, killed 12 and wounded at least 50 overnight at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater where patrons gathered to watch the premiere of a new film that has generated debate and is decried as an “anti-Romney conspiracy” by the right wing. The gunman, wearing a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask, fired into the crowd of patrons who came to watch “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado. Some of the wounded are children, one as young as six years old, police sources tell Capitol Hill Blue. Aurora police chief Dan Oates said
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