Local media connects tragedy to Minnesota

As Minnesotans dealt with the harrowing details coming out of Colorado, local media bolted into action to give the find the Minnesota angle. Did they succeed?

The Twin Cities media covered Friday's tragic shooting in Colorado by localizing the story and asking the obvious question, "Could it happen here?"

The general theme of most stories was that a simliar event in the Twin Cities is very unlikely.

However, there is a company that focuses specifically on this type of emergency situation. KSTP featured Sealed Mindset Firearms Studio in New Hope. Taught by a former Navy Seal, the company runs self-defense programs and one of the things they teach are techniques to survive mass shootings. See more below in KSTP's interview with the former Seal.

Kare11 went live at the St. Anthony Main theatre in Minneapolis to talk with moviegoers, most said they weren't deterred by the shootings in Colorado. In fact, some even said their resolve was strengthened to spend a night out at the theatres. Boyd Huppert reports:

As expected, the state's largest papers lead with gripping headlines.

Pioneer Press: First, Smoke; then, a slaughter
Massacre at the movies

As of right now, the only Minnesota connection to any of the victims appears to be 2008 graduate of Winona State. Carey Rottman was shot in the leg and is recovering. He recently married a woman from Stillwater.

How do you think the local media handled the major national story? Please let us know in the comments below.

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