Many of us are aware of the shocking, horrific tragedy that took place at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. During the premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, a man wearing a bullet-proof vest opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns. Beforehand, he threw two canisters of tear gas in the crowd, causing irritation to the audience, while people initially thought it was party gas and that it was part of the show, before quickly realizing this was a serious crisis. The gunman, believed to be San Diego native Holmes, who moved to Colorado the year before the shooting, relocated to the Denver area to attend University of Colorado at Denver to pursue in a Ph.D. for neuroscience. Holmes was accepted into University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but was rejected from University of Michigan and University of Iowa. He was not uneducated by any means obviously, as he was a valedictorian of his class at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego.
In all, his acts of evil claimed the lives of twelve innocent people, and 58 other people were injured, some of them critically, who will have to struggle to pay their hospital bills, and will have to live with their injuries. However, it is not only the physical pain they will have to endure for the rest of their lives, but most of all the traumatic shock of witnessing that horrible act of violence and seeing their relatives, friends, or other people getting blown. It was disgusting and truly sickening.
It was the worst mass shooting in US history. 70 people were shot, either fatally or wounded. While its death toll was lower than other tragedies at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and other awful episodes that happened at a McDonald's in San Diego (21), a restaurant in Texas (22), University of Texas at Austin (16) , and an immigration center in Binghamton, New York (13), there were more casualties overall and more people were affected by these disgusting events.
America reacted. America was shocked. The whole world was in pain. Hans Zimmer, who composed music for some Batman films, composed a piece entitled "Aurora" in memory of the victims.
What drove James Holmes to do this? A bright 24-year-old who was living in an apartment in a low-income part of Aurora, who also came from an affluent family who helped support his life financially and emotionally? Did he do it for attention?