After the fallout from the senseless killings that took place in Aurora, Colorado by a deranged gunman who opened fire on people as they sat in a local theater watching the movie The Dark Knight Rises, there were a number of things that were expected to happen—things like seeing the shooter in court, learning about the shooter’s background and the victims’ backgrounds, a rehashing of a difficult debate over the controversial issue of gun control, and the finger-pointing to begin.
But this time, the blame game may have gone to another level, as an individual who was in the theater that night when the shooter proceeded to mow down 71 people with an assault weapon has now unleashed the option of suing the movie theater and possibly the doctors of the shooter, and there is nothing out of the ordinary about that, but it doesn’t stop there.
The proposed lawsuit is also going after Warner Bros.—claiming that the movie was too violent and the shooter seemed to mimic parts of the movie, as he was thought to be imitating a character from the previous Dark Knight movie called the Joker based on the suspect’s dyed red hair. So remember, the Joker is from the previous movie called The Dark Knight, not the current movie called The Dark Knight Rises.
Apparently this individual, whose name is Torrence Brown Jr. went to the movie with his friend who was killed that night, and it is very likely that the events have taken a mental toll on Brown and many other people, despite the fact that Brown was not harmed. But suing the movie because of the violence that may have spawned the shooter to take on the character from the previous Dark Knight movie seems a little farfetched to me.
Brown is not alone. The evil and violent propaganda of a liberal Hollywood has been blamed for violence overall for years, especially within the conservative mindset. Even here in the Bible Belt south, there have been quite a few people, many of them conservative, who will not hesitate to put the screws of scrutiny to the Dark Knight/Batman movies. One conservative from the East Arkansas area actually told me that Batman movies should be banned, while Rush Limbaugh characterized the people who are fans of the movies as ‘brain dead.’
Now isn’t it funny that so many of the same people who entertain the thought of banning Batman movies will, in all likelihood, be the very same people who will literally scratch your liberal eyes out as soon as you even attempt to bring up the issue of gun control! People can sit around and talk about banning Batman movies all day long, but when you start talking about gun control the image of the federal government bogeyman, who just happens to look exactly like President Obama, coming to kick in somebody’s NRA supported door to take away their guns is arguably enough to start a rebellion.
This is why blaming or suing The Dark Knight Rises is one big, fat joke for the ages. Seriously, has there ever been a more blatant, reality cop-out? When you open the door to banning or suing movies, you also open the door to the same line of thinking being applied to guns and ammunition, and that might not be such a bad idea depending on the circumstances, because a movie that can be shown 100 times without being reloaded is nowhere close to being a match for a gun that can be fired 100 times without being reloaded, and that’s not debatable!
For that matter, why not sue the ammunition makers, the gun manufacturers, and the vendors? Why not sue the railroad companies and the trucking companies that helped ship it? Why not sue Heath Ledger for doing such a fabulous job as the Joker—good enough to allegedly make the shooter go on this killing spree? Maybe if Ledger’s performance had been subpar, the shooter would have found a less violent character to imitate. Why not sue the car company for manufacturing the vehicle that the shooter drove to the theater, and if he bought the car, sue the dealer who sold it to him? Why not sue the gun range that turned down his membership request? If the shooter would have been allowed to shoot paper targets, maybe he wouldn’t have gone out and shot real people.
From suing the Internet to suing whatever violent video game the shooter might have been playing, whatever kind of violent music he could have been listening to, whatever violent book he could have been reading, or whichever violent movie he could have been watching not called The Dark Knight or The Dark Knight Rises, the idea of handcuffing art or entertainment with a lawsuit, while freeing some high-powered, assault weapon with the 2nd Amendment is laughably insane and hideously pathetic to say the least.
Torrence Brown Jr. should understand that there will always be ambulance chasers, just be sure that you are chasing the right one! Or, you could always consider suing the networks, the Internet, and cable for advertising the Dark Knight? Or, maybe you can sue them for even covering the Colorado shooting.
Since we are all living in this suing society, a progressive like me could always sue Fox News, because if the Dark Knight is responsible for turning a Ph.D. candidate into an idiotic killer, Fox News has to be responsible for turning diversity fearing Neanderthals into the progress obstructing Tea Party.
After all, what’s the use in letting Brown get all of the money? And by the way Mr. Brown, has it ever occurred to you that you might be suing the wrong movie? The word on the street is that the shooter copied scenes from a movie called Rampage, and if you haven’t seen this movie, then you might want to check it out.
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