Sadly, things like this happen and a shitstorm comes: the media, political parties, "experts", religious fanatics -and of course, opportunists- find almost instantly something or someone to blame.
And if they can't find anything, they fake it.
Of course the main topic will be what this guy read, watched or collected. Or what videogames have to do here. Holmes played Guitar Hero. I'm still waiting what have to say about that.
The idea is to link the always harassed "evil and twisted books/cartoons/comics/videogames/movies that fill our children with violence". I'm not denying it, they have violence. But violence is a undeniable part of human nature, a terrible one, mixed with individual conditions and many motivations as the people and experiences that shape it. The act of prosecute violence in the seven arts it's a human expression too, the need to cure a symptom of something that is wrong, that can also be focused to criticize it, but like any art, has endless interpretations.
The States are still ruled by a puritan basis, founded by a community that lived under the Ned Flanders precepts until date. And at the same time this community founded this comics and movies and art we all like so much.
But it also created the witch hunt, Macartysm and anti-terrorism, and the blacklisting of contents and mainly artists who were "suspicious".
My granduncle was born in Germany, and grew up during the Nazi empire era. He loved American movies and comic books. And witnessed how they where burned during the German Pride festivities. He was horrified.
His family, friends and homeland gradually twisted, at the point he couldn't take it anymore and ran away from his country being a teenager, to never come back again. He never forgot that scene before the bonfires of "anti-German" contents. And was devastated when knew of the same scene when the anti-comic book hysteria in the 50's: parents, religious, teachers burning comic books of their children because they instigated evil, homosexuality or delinquence. If Fedric Wertham hadn't been the counselor, there would been another story.
Since then, the Comics Code Authority ruled until 2011, as a reminder of bad times. And I expect this shooting episode don't make this seal rise again.
A trigger happy madman. He ought never had had the chance to get firearms and war gear. But he did. America has a large quantity of armed civilians, some states have it as something common, a right, and even if there are rules to get them, they are easy to buy.
The two superheroes to come to my mind armed with firearms are Fantomex and the Grifter. Deadpool and the Punisher(former Spiderman enemy) are antiheroes, and later become so popular that are almost considered heroes. Of course they are armed.
But Batman has a notorious aversion to guns. Most heroes hate them.
Batman's comic was born in the 30's, as a protest against the armed gangsters who terrorized the common people.
We all love their fights, always disadvantaged, there's no honor in a gunfight but there is when Batman jumps over the bad guys from a rooftop and defeat them with his bare hands. That makes a hero. They apply violence, but only to those who harm the innocents who can't defend themselves, and the use of firearms is always represented as a lowly, cowardly action. When in TDK the Joker gives Dent a gun he says he's an agent of chaos. Firearms are chaos, anybody can do a lot of harm with them. Heroes fight chaos, they defend man against his own doom.
Heroes' comics, movies and games are entertaining because of the action scenes, and that action is violent according to how much damage the hero and villain deal with. Wounds, during the pass of time, changed from irregular red lines falling from lips to hemorrage and bad cuts, even fractures (Compare any classic hero and Kickass, for example). Very few of these wounds were made by firearms. It's a narrative resource that allow the story to develop, it has no sense if the hero gets shot to death on the first pages of the comic. He has not even the time to have an epic fight or say his badass lines.
And respect to deaths as a dramatic resource, death is a fact of life, and many times means the development or the birth of a hero. The birth of Batman.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm convinced that a responsible adult knows what he can and cannot watch, play or read. I can't forget that Columbine, Virginia Tech and some more are alike and too much, people killed by a maniatic. And the media and the guys I mentioned above will find the most idiotic explanations like he listened to Death Metal, was a satanic worshiper or read Nietzche. They'll say he was disguised as Bane, because it's easier like this, to look for scapegoats who can be publicly executed without consequences, but never a responsible, previous alerts, or psychological profiles that revealed his tendencies or read thoroughly the messages he left before and after committing his crime, that nobody denied him to buy the weapons or left them in a place were he could get them. I understand the feelings of all you guys when you have to witness of those sick people who ruin the life of others in situations like this.
I'm going to see the movie with my friends. And I'm doing it to honor the people who died to see their hero, that hero that hates firearms, who fights evil and stops-at least in the movie- sick fucks like him.