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'Batman' Shooter

The Killer's Arsenal

7/20/2012 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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James Holmes used 3 different kinds of guns during his assault on a Colorado movie theater ... including a high power assault rifle.

The Aurora PD says Holmes was in possession of an AR-15, a Remington 870 shotgun and a 40 caliber glock handgun when he was arrested this morning.

Cops say they found another 40 caliber glock in the shooter's car, located right outside the movie theater.

An AR-15 is a semi-automatic weapon ... capable of firing off hundreds of rounds per minute.

Below is a video of someone demonstrating the firing power of the AR-15 -- a civilian version of the M-16 assault rifle.


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61.

karlew    

Yes guns don't kill people, people kill people, but people with guns kill more people. I figure we have 2 choices; Get rid of guns or get rid of people, your choice

720 days ago
62.

DoverDavid    

The NRA can use his and SO many others as poster children as to why gun laws should remain the same or become more lax.

720 days ago
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Matt Beals    

The AR-15 is capable of shooting several hundred rounds per minute. But in order to do that you must have more than one magazine. Most magazines are limited to 30 rounds. His AR-15 was semi-automatic so he had to have pulled the trigger each time he wanted the gun to discharge. Had it been fully automatic, military issue and *heavily* regulated federally and state to state, he would have had to held down the trigger the one time and the gun would have discharged until empty. A fully automatic M-16/AR-15/M-4 would take a couple of seconds to empty.

His Remington 870 shotgun is a semi-automatic pump action shotgun. It too is capable of hundreds of rounds per minute. But it too is limited by its internal magazine capacity, about 7 rounds. So he could in theory have discharged 7 rounds in less than 7 seconds.

His two Glock pistols are also capable of several hundred rounds per minute. Assuming of course you had a magazine that would hold enough to accomplish that. He would have had to reload several times.

Being that he was white, highly educated, no criminal or mental illness background, of legal age (over 21 for a hand gun) he was legal to own all of these. Even if he bought these on the second hand market none of them are illegal in Colorado or federally. They are all common and legal weapons.

This was not the fault of the firearms. This was not the fault of "high capacity magazines". This was not the fault of "cop killer" bullets. This was the fault of a 24 year old highly educated man who for whatever reason planned (*very well by the way) a mass homicide. There we no indicators that he was planning such a tragic event.

These are the situations that law enforcement worries about because there are no real significant indicators.

Had someone in the theater been armed *MAYBE* they could have slowed him down. *MAYBE* someone could have prevent person being killed. *MAYBE* someone would have been injured rather than killed.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. And people kill people for the most senseless reasons. They also do it with knives, hand to hand combat (martial arts, boxing, etc.), guns, sticks, rocks, beer bottles, cars, baseball bats, drowning, suffocation, bombs, missiles, etc. People kill people with different tools. Guns just happen to be an efficient tool.

Whatever your stance on guns, gun control laws, etc. this is a true national tragedy. We are all poorer as a species for this happening. I wish it had not happened, I wish it was mitigated or prevented. I wish I could tell all the directly and indirectly effected families how sorry I am for their losses and their grief. A truly sad day for all Americans AND humans.

720 days ago
64.

Check_UR_Self    

It’s so funny how everybody is having for the most part civilized conversations about this guy. After all he does sound educated and not needing for much. We’re blaming it on gun control or even mental issues. Thank God he’s not black because if he was this section here would have been barely readable and laced with racist remarks. I hope this be a lesson to all those racists… that sadist comes in many different forms.

720 days ago
65.

Confused    

The AK15 will fire HUNDREDS of rounds per minute? WOW, that must be one hell of a large clip. A hundred - singular- would be a round fired every 3/4 of a second. A semi-automatic means you MUST pull the trigger after each round is fired. Just because the word AUTOMATIC is in there, doesn't mean it is a machine gun, although that is what MOST people think. A clip may hold 15 rounds (not exact, it has been a few years). As an ex Marine I have fired an M16 which will fire in full automatic or semi-automatic. It is a huge difference.

720 days ago
66.

ENRIQUE    

NO WAY, YOU MEAN A WHITE GUY DID THIS, I'M SHOCKED.

720 days ago
67.

Who is my neighbor    

We need a gun registry like the sex offender registry then when our neighbors are acting suspiciously we can turn them in.

720 days ago
68.

RedPill    

Look at what's happening here tmz is a bunch of cowards you see how fast they show you the guns that where used! Hey tmz how come you don't show people getting robbed in there house and using a firearm to protect themselves ? Guns don't kill people people kill people you coward I haven't even got my ltc yet but because of government funded cowards like ya'll it will be difficult for me to get one

720 days ago
69.

Mike    

TMZ and you anti-gun folks: the 870 is way more dangerous than the AR in that environment. The AR is basically only "high powered" compared to other .22s

720 days ago
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ohiowordguy    

@spiffy:

No, it's just too bad that some states and businesses don't recognize that criminals and crazy people will ALWAYS find a way to get guns, and that this is a perfect example of how Concealed Carry could have negated much of this tragedy.

But this is the law in Colorado:

"Colorado allows people to 'possess a handgun in a dwelling, place of business, or automobile.' But they cannot “carry the weapon concealed while transporting it into your home, business, hotel room, etc.”

Yeah...that makes sense. You can have a gun, but you can't actually take it anywhere to protect yourself.

720 days ago
71.

Jim    

Idiots - an AR15 is one pull, one bullet. Get the facts. bunch of Brian Ross wannabes.

720 days ago
72.

Kristi    

This guy looks like the devil himself. Pointy horns and pointy little ears. Coincidince? I think not.

720 days ago
73.

John22    

First off, a AR15 is not very HIGH POWERED. It shoots a bullet a little bit larger than a 22. Second, a semi automatic is not capable of shooting 100's of rounds per minute. The handgun pictures shoots just as many rounds per minute and is more powerful than the assault rifle. States like to ban assault rifles for the same reason TMZ posted its AR15 commentary. Educate yourself TMZ.

720 days ago
74.

Anita Mann    

please dont call this a BATMAN shooter - he didnt shoot batman!

720 days ago
75.

Check_UR_Self    

It’s so funny how everybody is having for the most part civilized conversations about this guy. After all he does sound educated and not in need for much. We’re blaming it on gun control or even mental illness. My only thought on the matter is thank God he’s not black. If he was this section here would have been barely readable and laced with racist remarks. I hope this be a lesson to all those racists… that sadist comes in many different forms.

720 days ago
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