James Holmes killed twelve people wounded dozens more at an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre last week; but apparently you can’t have a tragedy without some conspiracy theories. This one claims it was all a carefully-constructed plan to undermine our Second Amendment rights. Or something.
This Time magazine column asks a fair question: the survivors of the shooting spree are receiving free or drastically-reduced medical care; but why? Do victims of a highly-publicized shooting spree deserve more favored treatment than any other victims of violence? Or in fact anybody else needing medical care?
Just four days after the shooting, Torrence Brown Jr, whose friend was killed in the attack but was not himself injured, filed the first lawsuit, claiming to be suffering from “extreme trauma.” He is suing, not Holmes, but the theatre (for not guarding the emergency exit or having an automatic alarm; it’s thought that Holmes left the theatre via the emergency exit leaving the door propped open, retrieved his guns from his car, and returned to the theatre the same way), Holmes’s doctors (for not properly medicating him), and Warner Brothers, for producing violent films like “Dark Knight Rises.”
“Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today,” his attorney says. Well, that “somebody” would be Brown and everybody else who lined up to see “Dark Knight Rises” then, wouldn’t it?
I am personally voting “James Holmes only,” though. Please note that this poll is different from most: you can vote for more than one choice, and you can write in your own choices.
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