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

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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?”

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.


(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)

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

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Jim Treacher