While Colorado and the rest of the United States are reeling from this shockingly tragic event with 12 innocent dead after a shooting during a premiere of The Dark Knight Rises – there have already been attempts to politicize this horror.
This shooting is the worst mass shooting in the United States since 32 people were killed in 2007 on the Virginia Tech campus in Virginia back in 1999, and the 12 people killed in the Columbine High School massacre that happened only 25 miles away from this shooting early Friday morning (CBS Denver).
Most normal people have not acquired the callous smarminess to use this atrocity as a political talking point and launch into a anti-Second Amendment rights tirade even before we know the names of the victims. But that’s where you and I differ, we are normal. Normal-ish. Liberal media and nobody bloggers (unlike myself, a Libertarian-nobody blogger) have been just itching to change the national dialogue about the failure in the White House. And they have created it in the form of something we should simply be mourning.
ABC News’ Brian Ross and George Stephanolpoulos suggested that the Tea Party might be connected to the mass shootings. ABC has since apologized. They actually could not seem eager enough to shoot first and ask questions later.
Blow-hard Gary Younge of The Guardian in the UK put out a piece “America needs to talk about gun control in the wake of the Colorado shooting (Read nonsense here). He urges us that
“Sympathy for Aurora’s victims should not stop us addressing the fact that more than 84 people are shot to death daily in the US.”
I remind you Mr. Younge that YOU are more than twice as likely to be a victim of knife crime in the UK as you are to be a victim of gun crime in the US.
Or we can look to the comments of Mayor Bloomberg insisting that gun control laws now become and issue of the 2012 election. Let me think on how this will play out, Obama will say this is so awful, us Democrats are anti-this, wish it didn’t happen, and if you let us take away your 2nd amendment right this would have been prevented. And Romney says, this is so awful, Republicans are anti-this, wish it didn’t happen, and as soon as you can legislate against CRAZY let us know?
“Behold, the instrument of your liberation! Identify yourself to the world!”
Has this also given a contrived reason to attack this film and distract from its imminent success and its non-Hollywood conforming message? A surprise bonus, like cookies made with Splenda.
Staying in line with the other Dark Knight films, and what I loosely infer (based on no evidence but my observation) are the politics of filmmaker extraordinaire and genius, Christopher Nolan, this film is NOT anti-Capitalist or pro-mobs of the masses taking over. Quite the opposite. This franchise has felt a unique cold shoulder during awards season in tinsel town precisely for this reason. Now, I don’t want to go too Michele Bachmann on you with a conspiracy theory…just pointing out the facts. The Occupy Wall Streeters themselves are up in arms, or rather, up in iPads and patchouli, about what they call the anti-Occupy Wall Street blockbuster. Violent mobs lead by a dark faced villain attack Wall Street and our wealthy hero looses his fortune from a corrupt failed green energy program? No, that’s not about you whatsoever. Why do you ask?
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My heart truly aches for these families whose lives have just been irrevocably torn apart. Can we please insert some GD-civility back into this Twilight Zone of a political season and not use this to try to swing the polls one way or the other?
If you are interested in ways to help the victims and their families in Aurora, CO, this article offers a few ideas.