DC Trawler

University of Colorado campus police knew James Holmes was a problem, did nothing

Here’s something to remember the next time somebody tells you that you don’t need a gun to defend yourself, because the police will protect you. No, the cops are only there to draw the chalk outlines.*

USA Today:

A University of Colorado psychiatrist told campus police a month before the Aurora movie theater attack that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a public danger, according to records unsealed Thursday.

Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the Denver campus, told police that Holmes had also “threatened and harassed her via email/text messages” in June 2012. He is standing trial for the July 20 shooting rampage that killed 12 and injured 70 during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie.

Campus police would not comment, and a university spokeswoman did not immediately respond, the Associated Press said.

Soon after the shooting, university police said they had not had any contact with Holmes, a graduate student doing neuroscience research.

Of course they wouldn’t comment. What are they going to say? “Whoops. Sorry about that. You just get so busy, y’know?”

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By all means, let’s infringe upon the rights of law-abiding people because a dangerous lunatic, who was known by the authorities to be a threat, shot a bunch of people in a gun-free zone.

When our institutions fail, and their rules and laws do more harm than good, their answer is always more rules and more laws.

Always.

(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)

*And to write phony jaywalking tickets, but that’s another story.