This writeup is going to be related exclusively to the event that happened on Friday, July 20th, 2012. Early in the morning of the showing of a Batman movie in the movie theater in Colorado there was a shooting. At the time of reading the reports, there were at least 12 killed in this horrible tragedy.
This post will be related to the tear gas that was used by the killer in the movie theater. Based on the reports and witness testimonies that we are reading, it seems to be a tear gas. Some reports are calling it a “smoke bomb”, which doesn’t completely make sense. If a person, like this one, had a detailed plan to murder people, tear gas would be a better option since it would be more effective. The smoke bomb would essentially cause smoke, while tear gas would cause smoke and more. It would cause the people that were hit near it to tear up (hence the name “tear” gas), it would cause them to cough uncontrollably, and more reactions that are non-voluntary, which is why it is commonly used for self defense.
So, which tear gas was used in this shooting? While we are not 100% sure as the only people that have access to the actual canister(s) are law enforcement, we’re fairly certain that we know the type of tear gas used. According to witness reports, it was thrown, meaning it was some type of pressure release, similar to a grenade. Yes, there are tear gas grenades.
There is a consumer grade tear gas, which can be commonly bought, although it isn’t that effective against multiple people, which is making us think that it isn’t this one, but it’s a possibility. Picture seen below:
A more likely possibility are a military type of product. As you are probably aware, the military and law enforcement use tear gas a lot. While they are not easily available online, you can buy them on the black market if you are not part of law enforcement. Here are a couple of products that would fit this criteria:
As you can see, they are labeled as either “riot smoke” or “flash bangs”, which have a little bit of tear gas chemical in them, but focus more on the smoke/flashing of your eyes. There were shots fired, so we don’t know if the tear gas let out a bang or not, if so, it could of been a flash bang.
This is all of the information we have right now, but we can assure you it’s closely related to one of the products listed above.
UPDATE: We have been asked if tear gas is legal in Colorado, yes, consumer grade tear gasses, like the ones we sell are legal in Colorado.
To see the laws on tear gas (which are very similar to pepper spray), go here: http://www.buy-pepper-spray-today.com/pepper-spray-laws.html
To see the laws strictly based on Colorado, go here: http://www.buy-pepper-spray-today.com/pepper-spray-by-state/colorado/
***Our consumer grade tear gasses are nearly the same as pepper sprays, so they follow the same laws as pepper spray.
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