4 Dead in Aurora, Colorado, After Shooting
Gunman killed three inside home, say police
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2013 12:58 PM CST
File photo: A Douglas County Sheriff's vehicle is parked in front of the AMC 24 movie theater in July in Highlands Ranch, Colo., part of beefed-up security after the Aurora massacre.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Another shooting with multiple fatalities in Aurora, Colorado: Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, after an hours-long standoff. Details are still filling in, but the Denver Post and the AP report:

  • The gunman killed two men and a woman inside a townhouse in the Denver suburb. Another woman escaped about 3am and called police.
  • SWAT teams surrounded the home and contacted the gunman by phone more than once, but he was "not making sense," says an Aurora police spokeswoman.
  • An armored police vehicle approached the house about 8am, and the gunman fired at it repeatedly. About 20 minutes later, police fired tear gas through the home's front windows.
  • About 9am, the gunman appeared at a window on the second floor and shot at police. Officers returned fire, and the suspect fell, though it's not clear yet whether he was killed by police or his own hand.
  • No word yet on a motive or identities.

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Jan 8, 2013 3:47 AM CST
I am Australian and can assure you the claim that instances of rape are 3 times more prevalent since changes to gun laws were made is completely false. I have seen the articles (sources as you say) which state this but they are not supported by any official data from our bureau of statistics or criminology. Instances of reported sexual assault (definition is far wider than the act of rape) has however increased at an average 4% each year from 1995 (1 year before gun legislation change) to 2007. Although this is alarming, research suggests a not insignificant part of this relates to improved rates of such crimes being reported (due to targeted educational and government campaigns to encourage this encouraging (see SAAM, and white baloon day to name a few initiatives), not just an increase in actual instances. I think you will find statistics in the USA are in line or worse than this on a LfL basis. In 2005, US department of justice reported 1 of 6 U.S. women and 1 of 33 U.S. men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. The USA and Australian public has always had differing views on firearms, and as such there ha always been great differences between the number of weapons that Australians and Americans own. Driving this is the purpose of ownership which has in general differed historically (Australia does not have any defined right in legislation / our constitutional equivalents to bare arms etc. This in the US was born out of necessity at the time and influenced by a political climate and events which we did not share). These cultural differences make it difficult to use Australian laws as a case for or against effective changes to gun legislation in the USA as our views towards guns (the need to arm the public for defence) are almost polar opposite amongst the majority of society. Further illustrating the unique situation the USA is in is the almost comparable ownership per capita rates in countries such as Switzerland, without the accompanying crime rates. It is also worth noting that the right to have a concealed weapon, or any firearm for the purposes only of self defence was never allowed in Australia, thus your statement that taking our guns away lead to increased instances of rape is a long stretch, as i would assume it is not often such crimes are stopped with semi auto rifles or shotguns which must be secured in your home. The changes in 1996 were to address a specific issue, which were increased instances of mass shootings, culminating in the Port Arthur massacre. To do this a nation wide gun amnesty (buyback) on all semi automatic weapons, pump actions included was implemented. No mass shooting of these types has occurred since. Irrespective of these laws Australia still has a relatively high rate of gun ownership (i myself own many) and licenses are readily available (perhaps not compared to a whopping 2 day wait in the US) upon the completion of checks etc and with valid reasons (i.e. sport, hunting, feral animal control etc etc). But again this comes down to distinct differences where we woke up to the fact that no one in the general public actually needs a semi automatic weapon designed with the sole purpose to kill humans, whilst many in the US seem to have a deep fear of something or everything which necessitates to them a gun ownership rate of 95 out of 100. Apologies for my long windedness but inaccuracy on either side of this argument serves no one. In conclusion, although Australia’s solution to this problem may not fit the US, the fact remains it has a serious problem which needs to be resolved.
Jan 7, 2013 4:58 AM CST
for some reason this chart doesn't list guns as a leading cause of death in america - oh wait, that's because it's not a leading cause of death..Here's an interesting link http://www.ticketsinventory.com
Jan 7, 2013 3:03 AM CST
?"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner; Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote" ~ Benjamin Franklin