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ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: 13 ans après, le Colorado à nouveau endeuillé par une fusillade

by Théo Maneval

13 Years Later, Another Shooting Leaves Colorado Grieving

Translated Monday 23 July 2012, by Stephan Crown-Weber and reviewed by Bill Scoble

Just after midnight on Friday, a man slaughtered 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora, not far from Denver. The shooting was only about 30 kilometers away from Columbine High School, where two teenagers killed thirteen people on April 20, 1999 before taking their own lives.

At least 12 people were killed and around 40 injured last night in a movie cinema in Aurora, close to Denver, Colorado. Hundreds of moviegoers had come to see the first showing of The Dark Knight Rises, the last installment of the Batman trilogy, when, 20 minutes in, a man threw tear gas into one of the auditoriums and opened fire on the spectators. As a shooting scene played on the screen, the confusion quickly gave way to panic. The perpetrator has been arrested: James Holmes, a 24-year-old Aurora resident. “He did not resist,” said a police spokesman. “He did not put up a fight.”

A shooting 30 km from the site of the 1999 Columbine massacre

The drama unfolded only 30 kilometers from the city of Columbine, where a similar incident occurred thirteen years ago. Two teenagers, 17 and 18 year old Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, showed up armed at a high school where they killed twelve students between the ages of 14 and 18, as well as one teacher, before finally taking their own lives. The shooting unleashed a wave of emotion and triggered a debate about the impact of video games and violent images on adolescents—as well as a debate about gun control and the availability of firearms in the United States. The American director Michael Moore made a documentary about it, Bowling for Columbine, a film that shows Moore denouncing how easy it is to acquire weapons in his country.

Standing together, coming together in the United States

Both candidates for America’s presidency reacted to the news. President Barack Obama, who took a break from campaigning, released a statement saying he was “saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting,” and called on his fellow citizens to “stand together” and “come together as one American family.” He also expressed his commitment “to bringing whoever was responsible to justice.” Meanwhile, his Republican competitor, Mitt Romney, announced he was “deeply saddened by the news of the senseless violence” in Aurora and hopes “that the person responsible for this terrible crime will be quickly brought to justice.”

Several tragic shootings left their mark on the United States before a recent lull. In 2007, 32 students and professors met a similar end on the rural campus of Virginia Tech in Virginia.


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