Many weeks have passed since The Dark Knight Rises tragedy in Colorado. Sadly, a lot of people have already forgotten what took place that fateful night. However, one Aurora shooting victim’s family hasn’t and they are still pressing for answers. They intend to get them too. They’ve hired Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s former attorney, to help them do just that.
Shirley Wygal, the mother of Rebecca Wingo, who died during the screening of that latest Batman film, partially blames theater owners for what went down. She believes each exit should have an alarm system and that security guards posted at every door. There is a lot of value to what she’s saying, so that begs the question: Why aren’t theaters doing that?
It is possible that the mechanics involved in alarm wiring could be too inflexible. After all, many people leave by exit doors after a film. That action would set the alarm off in regular intervals unless it gets disconnected for a brief time once a film has completed. Of course then a possibility exists for human error if someone forgets to turn the alarm back on before the next film.
Additionally, someone could enter the theater while others are exiting, perhaps under the pretense of getting something they left. Then, they could hide and wait for the next unsuspecting group of movie goers.
With so many theaters now offering multi-screen options, it would likely be cost prohibitive for management to provide security guard protection at each exit. It’s possible such an action could result in doubling or even tripling the cost of a movie ticket. However, that’s not to say it wouldn’t be worth it to some who’d finally feel a modicum of protection.
Still, it is clear that something needs to be done. People depend on movies to help them escape the drudgery of everyday life. They rightfully expect movie theater owners and managers to give them a safe environment to do just that. Unfortunately, the Aurora incident proved that isn’t always the case.
The question Wygal wants answered is a basic one. Are theaters obligated to protect the innocent by any means possible? If they are, then obviously they’ve failed in that obligation so far. That could, in turn, make them liable for lawsuit.
So far there’s no sign that Wygal’s actions are monetarily guided. She honestly seems to want a thorough investigation to help uncover the inherent flaws of the theater-safety issue. If that’s the case, then she deserves applause for being gutsy enough to take such a stance for all the Aurora shooting victims.