It’s been a week since a gunman stormed through an emergency exit, into a crowded movie theater, dressed head-to-toe in tactical gear and armed with several weapons. He fired on a helpless crowd, while his apartment was booby-trapped to cause more harm miles away.
After the chaos quieted, we learned 12 innocent lives ended and 58 survivors were wounded. Countless witnesses and loved ones are now coping with the trauma of the senseless violence. A week later, and the grieving process is so new for the families of those who died. Their reality is still setting in — life without their mother or father, sibling, child, cousin, best friend.
Since the massacre, AC360° has focused on the dozen dreams and futures cut short. We’re honoring the victims and what they lived for, not just talking about how they passed away. Anderson has spoken with family and friends who shared beautiful stories, funny memories and inspiring lessons they learned from those killed in Aurora, Colorado.
Join us tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET as we continue to remember Jonathan Blunk, A.J. Boik, Jesse Childress, Gordon Cowden, Jessica Ghawi, John Thomas Larimer, Matt McQuinn, Micayla Medek, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Alex Sullivan, Alex Teves, and Rebecca Wingo.
Please contact NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) to get perspective on mental health care available in this country and laws restricting it. Your viewers might be interested to know what is and is not available.
Why can't you pay some attention to the mental health of the shooter and the LACK OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND OF LAWS THAT DO NOT ALLOW EITHER FAMILY OR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO GET HELP FOR THESE VICTIMS!
We can't lock someone up for 'being weird' but 'civil rights' must include help for people suffering – YES I SAID SUFFERING – with mental illness even when they may be unaware of their illness or unable or unwilling to seek or accept help. Families and mental health professionals must have the ability to at least require a mental health screening for those exhibiting mental illness behavior AND laws must be changed so those diagnosed can be required to get help – BEFORE another tragedy – a tragedy for both shooting victims and shooter.
with sincere sympathy for the family, why is no one asking why a 6 yr old was out to a "junior adult" movie until 2:00 AM.? Where were the parents? Why haven't we seen them being interviewed, or named, to express their sense of loss or appreciation of the public outpouring of support? Just curious why no one is asking or hearing from the family that suffered this "youngest" loss. Again, my most sincere sympathies to all those who feel the losses of this attack.
Latest update, the 13 yr old babysitter took the 6 yr old to the "junior adult" movie! How did either get in and who was the responsible party? (are they not legitimate questions if it was your kid that died?)
Anderson can you and all the other media persons please not show reenactments of what happened in theater 9. I know the intentions are good but it traumatizes people, it is not helpful. Please discuss this with your colleagues and consider this please. It is not necessary for people to have to relive it or for others to be vicariously traumatized. Thank you.
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