Colorado has seen its fair share of shootings over the past few decades. With many people pointing fingers at video games and films containing violent content.
The state has been the scene of several high-profile acts of gun violence, from the 1999 Columbine school shootings to the recent violence erupting at a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
In 1982, Jason Rocha, 14, a student at Deer Creek Middle School, shot and killed Scott Darwin Michael, 13. The controversy surrounding this case was the result of the CAT (Closed Adolescent Treatment) program, which oversaw Rocha's 12-year incarceration. The boys allegedly involved were your typical "all-American" types, according to a 1984 story in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
In 2010, at the Deer Creek Middle School, there was a shooting around 3:15 p.m. involving a 32-year old male. The shooter reportedly entered the school, and, when prompted by the custodian to sign in, left the building and opened fire with a high-powered bolt action rifle. Two eighth graders, a male and a female, were injured, with the male being in critical condition for four days.
In 2007, at the Youth With A Mission Center in Arvada, Colo., and the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, a 24-year old missionary-in-training named Matthew J. Murray entered the building on a Sunday morning and opened fire. After allegedly killing two people and injuring two others, Murray then traveled to the New Life Church, using a semi-automatic rifle and two pistols to shoot five others, killing two. Murray was shot by a security guard and former police officer, Jeanne Assam. Later, Murray would die of a self-inflicted gunshot.
The most famous shooting in Colorado is the Columbine massacre. On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors, entered their school and began a shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of 12 students and one teacher. The pair would later commit suicide. The Columbine shootings would set off a series of debates between violence in the media, as well as the effects on young people.
Now Colorado adds the late-night shootings at an Aurora movie theatre to the list of gun violence. James Holmes, 24, launched an attack on theatergoers taking in the premier of "The Dark Knight Rises." About 20 minutes into the film, armed with an assault rifle and two handguns, Holmes allegedly lobbed some kind of gas canister into the theater and began opening fire while wearing a gas mask. Reports said 12 people were killed and around 50 others were injured.