by Ryan McMaken
This week, the civil trial begins for the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where James Holmes murdered 12 people and injured 70 others.
The plaintiffs in the case — the families of the victims — maintain that the theater’s owners should have provided better security at the venue. They point out, for example, that Holmes propped open the theater’s back door, walked out to his car, took his time putting on body armor, and then returned to the building carrying two long guns (plus handguns). None of this at any time was observed by the theater owners or security (or the owners of the parking lot), nor was there any attempt to control access to the theater or to keep an eye on people entering through back doors.