Twelve dead at midnight screening of new Batman movie

A masked gunman fired into a crowded movie theater in suburban Denver at the midnight opening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises", killing twelve people and injuring at least fifty others last night, authorities said.

The Blaze reports (and is continuing to update):

The violent and chaotic scene erupted about 12:30 a.m. MDT as a gunman stood at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall where the latest Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” was playing, police said.

“Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Oates said at a news conference.

It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school’s library.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania on ABC’s “Good Morning America” said he didn’t know yet if all the injuries were gunshot wounds. He said some might have been caused by other things such as shrapnel.

Glenn responded to the tragedy in the opening minutes of his morning radio show.

"Do you remember when Columbine happened?  Columbine is not far from this shooting.  And I remember when Columbine happened.  We couldn't even begin to understand it.  Columbine in the 1990s, we lost so much of our innocence.  The 1990s we had Columbine.  We had Oklahoma.  We had O.J. Simpson," he said.

"Things changed in the 1990s. Now, now when something, like when nine people are killed and injured in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska 2007, it's not that big of a deal. It's bad. We pay attention for a while, but it doesn't change us. Five students killed, 16 injured after a man opened fire at a lecture hall in Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Illinois, February 2008. 13 people shot dead by a gunman in Binghamton, New York, the civic center. Do you remember that one? April 2009," Glenn said.

"Let's be very clear. I don't know if this guy had any political motivation. I do know this: He's a monster. I don't know who will be the first to politicize this. I don't know who will be the first to say, 'It's the problem with guns,' and on the other side I don't know who the first will be to say, 'It's a problem with Hollywood.' Let me be the first to say there's a hole in the soul of America. What is it we're filling that hole with?"

"I don't even know if we really notice it so much, it's happened to us so slowly. I say what I mean and mean what I say. I take my own advice. I walk the walk, or try to. I told you last November, if you could, buy farmland. If you could, surround yourself with like‑minded, decent people, people who still understand America, people who still go to church on Sunday. I don't care what church it is. I don't care if it's synagogue on Saturday. God‑fearing people. People that still know their neighbor and still want to help."

Glenn explained that he had moved with his family to Texas, and had recently bought a ranch out West as well where he spent his Fourth of July weekend. He talked about walking the land with his family.

"I was walking with my daughter and I had my rifle with me and we had been practice shooting, and we were walking back to the house on the farm and the sun was starting to go down and it was this golden, golden glow of the sun. And the farm still had the tall grass. It was yellow from the heat. And just over the hill, just at the top of the grass, tall grass and the cows, the cows were nothing but shadows, long. And the sun hit the top of all of the grass. We were walking kind of up the hill towards the sun, towards the house. It was cinematic. And I had my rifle over my arm and my arms folded and little birds were flying out of the grass when we walked, and I was just talking to my daughter as we were walking. And as a bird flew out of the grass, I looked to see if it was a pheasant because that's the last time I did that, my grandfather would walk with me on his farm with his shotgun broken up over his arm, and if there was a pheasant, he'd shoot it and we'd have pheasant."

"We've missed the simple things. We've forgotten the simple things. We've forgotten to put goodness into our children. We've forgotten to put goodness into ourself. Where are the good things that are replenishing us? Where are the things that we're doing every day that are filling us back up? You can only ‑‑ you can only experience so much darkness before it affects you. We are what we eat. That which you gaze upon you become. Maybe we should cast our eyes a little higher."

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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