As I write this, the news is a buzz with the massacre that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, during the midnight opening show of The Dark Knight Rises — the third and (allegedly) final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Reportedly, approximately 20 minutes into the film, a man who, donned as he was with a gas mask, was eerily reminiscent of the film’s arch villain, entered the theater and began to wreak unimaginable havoc with explosives and a gun.
When it was all said and done, 12 innocent people had been murdered and dozens more injured.
Already, just hours after this chaos erupted, “experts” of one sort or the other were making their rounds on the television circuit offering their insights into how and why the mass murderer did what he did. The usual suspects on the political left wasted not a second to exploit this horror to advance their agenda of erasing out of America’s DNA the Second Amendment — as well as to discredit the Tea Party.
Now, I don’t proclaim to be an expert on anything, much less psychology. And, frankly, I don’t care in the least to know the causes that may or may not have lurked in the deep, dark recesses of this killer’s psyche. For that matter, I don’t even care to know the reasons that he may give for his actions.
I am, however, interested in supplying an account of why anyone may think to unleash an orgy of violence at the opening of this film.
Anyone who pays any attention to contemporary politics knows that this movie has assumed some measure of political significance this past week as some, such as Rush Limbaugh, have contended that inasmuch as the main villain is named Bane, it is an instrument that President Obama and his supporters will use to further demonize Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — i.e. former director of Bain Capital.
Rush is mistaken.
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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)