By now, it is of no surprise to any of you that at an early morning showing of The Dark Knight Rises, a gunman opened fire, murdering 12 people and harming dozens more. A lot has been said about this tragedy, and I would like to add in my thoughts on the matter.
I’d like to preface what I am about to say with this; I am not an expert when it comes to any subject. I am not a criminal expert, I am not a parenting expert, I am not a psychological expert. I am a 22 year old man with thoughts that I felt compelled to share. These thoughts do not represent anyone but myself, and should not be taken with the seriousness that you might consider when you read some other stuff online.
Let me start by saying that what happened this morning in Aurora, Colorado was obviously a tragedy, carried out by a man who can only be described as crazed. There are multiple reports at the time of this post that James Holmes, the 24 year old who carried out the tragedy, has told police that he was ”The Joker”, a fictional mad man from the Batman Universe. (It is important to note that this has not been confirmed by Aurora Police.)
12 people are dead because of this mad man, and that is horrible. However, violence is nothing new in our country. As of mid-June in Chicago, close to 230 people were killed, a number that is bound to be higher now, one month later. I suspect in the coming days we will start to learn quite a bit about the 12 people who were killed today in Colorado. We’ll get profiles about each and every one of them, no doubt. We’ll probably never hear any of that about the 230+ people who have been killed in Chicago. There are certainly a multitude of reasons for this. First of all, the people of Chicago were not all killed at once, in a massacre. Second of all, the people in Chicago that were killed were gang-bangers and thugs, most of them died due to gang violence. It’s no secret that our country puts their lives lower on the ladder than many other people. This DISGUSTS me. Each and every life that has been lost due to violence has immense value, whether that person is a gang member, or someone trying to enjoy a movie.
One of the first things I learned about this horrible event, is the fact that one of the injured was a 3 month old baby. Again, I do not get into any kind of debate about parenting, because God only knows that is a debate that someone who has no child will never win. But let me say as a semi avid moviegoer, and someone who recently came from a showing of The Dark Knight Rises, a 3 month old baby had absolutely no place at a midnight showing (or any showing) of this film. The film opens with a very loud scene that would wake most adults, let alone a baby who will undoubtedly cry, disturbing the entire theatre. Let me reiterate once again, this has NOTHING to do with the shooting, this is a matter of movie going decorum. Maybe this isn’t the best time to discuss this, but I feel the right to make this statement.
I do have more thoughts on the manner, but I do believe that I’ve said enough for now, and I truly hope that I have not offended anyone, that was never my hope behind it.