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James Holmes First Court Appearance

Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes made his first court appearance today. The full video is above.

Update below: Statement from Arlene Holmes, Jame's mother, about media misconstruing her statement about "having the right person." She was confirming the reporter had reached the right person (her, the mother of James Holmes who lived in Colorado) and not anything about his personality or the shootings, as she didn't know about the shootings when she got the call at 5:45 a.m. Statement below, as read by her attorney:

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The Killer is Rarely Who He Seems

Journalist Dave Cullen, author of the definitive book on Columbine which he spent ten years researching, has an op-ed in tomorrow's New York Times on the myths of the mass killer and why people shouldn't rush to judgment about James Holmes.

YOU’VE had 48 hours to reflect on the ghastly shooting in Colorado at a movie theater. You’ve been bombarded with “facts” and opinions about James Holmes’s motives. You have probably expressed your opinion on why he did it. You are probably wrong.

In other words, "The killer is rarely who he seems." I'm ignoring the media's speculating pundits and profilers and will wait for the evidence.

Update: In other case news, Holmes bought his tactical assault gear online from a company called Tactical Gear in Missouri. Here's the receipt. He ordered in on July 2 and specified 2 day shipping. One of the items is a BlackHawk Urban Assault Vest. Here's BlackHawk's website and catalog.

I think it would be more productive to monitor the sale of "urban assault vests" and similar "tactical gear" than guns. What possible sporting use could these items have? Check out the D.O.A.V. Assault Vest System.[More...]

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Colorado Shooting Update

Roundup from a combination of our local news channels:

70 people were shot, 12 have died in last night's shooting at the Aurora, CO movie theater. 10 died at the scene, 2 died in hospitals.

James Holmes is in the Arapahoe County Jail. His first court appearance will be Monday. He stopped talking to cops shortly after his arrest and asked for a lawyer. He will be represented by the public defender.

Holmes passed both an FBI and CBI background check when he bought the guns (he only has a traffic ticket on his record.) The AR 15 is a semi-automatic firearm. It's legal under both federal and Colorado law. (It was subject to the federal assault weapons ban until 2004 when the ban was repealed.) [More....]

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