Relatives of Colorado shooting right to sit out theater invitation
The Kansas City Star
Anyone could easily ask: “What were they thinking?” about the invitation of a Colorado movie theater to relatives of the persons killed in a mass shooting there in 2012 to attend the theater’s reopening.
Relatives expressed anger over the Aurora Century 16 theater offering free tickets for an “evening of remembrance” followed by a movie when the Cinemark theater reopens on Jan. 17.
Twelve people were killed and 58 injured when when a gunman opened fire July 20 in the movie complex during the premiere of the Batman film, “Dark Night Rises.” James Holmes faces more than 100 charges in the mass shooting.
Cinemark executives should realize that the wounds, not only for families but the nation, are too deep and too recent for the theater to make such an offer to anyone. Besides the mass killings keep occurring elsewhere maintaining in the public’s mind that something has to be done to make the public safer.