I have now written four articles relating to the Colorado shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. It’s a sad and memorable story and perhaps more frightening to some because it is so easy to relate to.
We all go to the movies, and in terms of popularity, Batman is as much of a craze as Twilight or Harry Potter and has a longer history in film, TV, and comic book form.
That could have been any of us, or anyone we knew in the theater in Aurora.
When I see some poorly conceived handmade photo on Facebook suggesting that the shooting was staged by the government and that James Holmes was “heavily-funded,” I want to pull all my hair out, take three sleeping pills and call it a day.
The page in question is the conspiracy-themed “We Didn’t Start The Fire” run by Luke Connor, who wrote a book of the same name.
Connor says that “the government thinks that the American people are stupid” and, since he and his few followers make up a percentage of America’s population, I have to agree. We are stupid.
Feel free to tear down his argument point by point.
I mean, Aurora has strict gun laws, which obviously means that members of the senate for gun control handed him the tear gas, opened the doors for him, and followed him in with their own assault rifles.
On the issue of Holmes affording the guns, tear gas, and armor…
Holmes was likely “funded” by the school he was in the process of withdrawing from. Lord knows I’ve seen my own friends use large sums money given to them by colleges for more than just books and pencils.