Today is the anniversary of the day when certifiable lunatic James Holmes shot up a midnight screening of the then-new film “The Dark Knight Rises” at a theater in Aurora, Colorado. This crime was, of course, one of the events utilized by the anti-gun left in an effort to ram through new (and mostly unrelated) gun control laws at both the national level and in many state capitols.
One of the main players in this effort has been NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “astroturf” organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. What exactly is an “illegal gun,” you ask? Basically, it’s whatever they decide they don’t like this week. Guns that are too big…too small…the wrong color…have too much salt…
Recently, the group has been engaged on a new stunt known as the “No More Names” tour. This consists of them showing up at different locations with a custom tour bus, gathering up as many reporters as possible, and reading off the names of victims of “gun violence.” At an event a few weeks ago, their list of “victims” included such notables as Chechen terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev (who was, in fact, killed when his pop icon brother ran over him with a stolen car in an attempt to save his own jihadist ass) and former LAPD officer turned mass murderer Christopher Dorner. Oops. Maybe they should have spent a little more on fact-checking and less on the spiffy bus.
Anyway, since today is the anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting (and since nobody would show up to cover them on a Saturday), the bus turned up in Colorado yesterday. They were apparently unable to secure a suitable location anywhere in the city itself, so they settled on a picnic area at Cherry Creek State Park. It’s a nice enough location, but a bit out of the way for a successful protest (not to mention charging $9 per car to get in). Leia and I didn’t have anything much going on, so we decided to make the trip up north to see what they were up to. We flipped a coin to see who would drive. (I drove, and Leia bought lunch)
The bus wasn’t too hard to find:
Neither were the gun rights supporters
Or the media…
…who appeared to outnumber the “No More Names” folks by a good margin
Yes, that was all of them.
Leia made some new friends while we were there. They decided to start a group of their own, called “Dogs Against Illegal Mayors”
Apparently, the “No More Names” people stayed on site until 12:38 AM, the time Holmes began his shooting spree last year. I’m pretty sure that they were all alone, because the media quickly lost interest. I did have a nice chat with a reporter from the Washington Times, who quoted me in her story.
Several speakers blamed “gun violence” for the deaths of their family members, which Jeff Gunn of Colorado Springs said wasn’t entirely accurate.
“No, they were killed by crazy people,” said Mr. Gunn. “What they’re not saying is that all those people passed background checks, except the Sandy Hook shooter, who stole his guns.”
Leia had no comment.