After a gunman threw tear gas into a midnight showing of the new film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, and opened fire on the crowd, East Hampton theaters sold-out tickets to see the film. Some East Hampton Patch readers told us no one should stop going to the movies because of one tragic incident, while others think there should have been a pause to remember the 12 people killed and 50 injured.
said, "There was police presence at the Colorado theater to handle crowd control. This nut job was not deterred by this presence and snuck in a back exit. Does anyone really want to pass a police check point and have the staff search your bags when you go to the movies? It's an isolated incident that could happen anywhere."
On East Hampton Patch's Facebook page, Eliz A Beth said, "Why would any changes be made? With no intent to show any disrespect whatsoever towards the Colorado tragedy, this article suggests that we should live in an alarmist state of panic and fear....I don't think the police captain should've been bothered to comment on the safety at local theaters due to an isolated incident in Colorado. If normal activity should be stopped every time an insane person creates a tragedy, then we should all quit our jobs and wait to perish in our homes in a state of isolation."
said, "Why would it not 'go on'? While the events in Colorado are tragic what bearing does it have here or any where other than Colorado. Please, tell me that increased police presence was preplanned and not an over reaction to this singular incident. It is sad that already there are people trying to politicize this tragedy."
On Facebook, Linda Ouderkirk-Rempe said, "Sheesh.... What an excellent example of "not in my backyard". Of course changes should be made. Out of respect for the families affected by this senseless tragedy."
On Facebook, Melissa Mahoney said, "out of respect a day of silence would be human..no ???"