Newswire: Regal Cinemas institutes bag check policy in response to theater shootings

Mass shootings, once the subject of around-the-clock national news coverage, have become so commonplace in the U.S. that the crowdsourced database Mass Shootings Tracker lists one for virtually every day so far in 2015, most of them unknown outside of the local areas in which they occurred. One of the more high-profile massacres in recent months was at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, where a man killed two people and injured nine others before killing himself at a screening of the Amy Schumer rom-com Trainwreck. (Schumer has since partnered with Senator Chuck Schumer in support of anti-gun legislation.)

Combined with the recent sentencing of Aurora shooter James Holmes, as well as another recent incident where a man attacked theatergoers with pepper spray, a hatchet, and a pellet gun in Tennessee, it’s enough to make the simple act of going to the movies scarier than your average late-summer …

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