Descending into Darkness
Descending into Darkness
By Todd Strandberg
I have been watching as little as possible of the news coverage related to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. I realize it is a major news story, but I'm just sick of the fact that the emotional outcry is simply a cut and paste from a long line of other mass-murder shootings. Everyone is shocked by the event, but nothing is changed by it.
The world was just a few days short of the first anniversary of the massacre in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, and a year later they are still in the process of deciding his fate. Since Breivik can only serve a maximum sentence of 21 years in Norway, with time severed, he'll be a free man in two decades.
The liberal media wasted no time trying to blame the shooting on a conservative group. ABC News' chief investigative reporter Brian Ross said, "There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year."
There was no effort of the part of Ross to contact the organization to verify if Jim Holmes was the shooter. The press must have some secret policy that gives any reporter the right to initially pin mass murder on any conservative of their choosing. The same thing happened last year, right after U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Jared Loughner was tied to the Tea Party, but in fact, he had liberal viewpoints.
Using the same standards that Brian Ross uses for reporting, one can uncover some serious charges against him. If you Google Brian Ross, you will find that he was charged with murder and "sexual-related" misdeeds.
Crime one: Chris Davis was brutally killed and murdered; he was found facedown in his pool. Brian Ross has been arrested for the killing of Chris Davis.
Crime two: Brian Ross sent explicit photos and text messages to two teenage girls: Brian Ross was arrested at 5:35 p.m. Thursday at Sierra and Merrill avenues in Fontana and booked on suspicion of contacting a minor and arranging to meet with a minor via the Internet for the purpose of having sex, jail records show. His bail is $50,000.
It would appear that James Holmes has mental issues that may be at least partly explain why he carried out the attack. He was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied. Holmes sent the psychiatrist a package containing a notebook with descriptions of a theoretical attack.
I looked at dozens of media reports on the attack, and I didn't find any mention that the movie itself could have been a factor in the massacre. Holmes told the police he was The Joker when he was arrested. He may have been trying to recreate a scene from the 2008 movie, The Dark Knight, which features a scene in which The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, wears a red wig while destroying a hospital. Holmes' apartment had all kinds Batman memorabilia.
The only thing the liberal media talked about this week was the availability of guns. They refuse to allow any debate on the reason people pull the trigger.
I did find an open letter to the makers of the Batman movie that was worth sharing. It was written by Charles Hurt, a staff writer for the Washington Times:
"When you die, your gravestones should read: Here lie men who created such horrific, meaningless violence in such realistic scenes that a sicko carried it out for real and shot 70 people, killing 12, including a 6-year-old girl.
Which brings us to Warner Brothers, those titans of decency. You bankrolled The Dark Knight Rises and so many other pointlessly violent movies that infect feeble minds and bring hatred upon America. You, it is reported, are feeling really sad about those poor saps who paid to see your wicked movies - only to have the very scenes come alive and kill them in the dark, sticky rows between seats of a movie theater.
Out of your "respect" for these people, you declared you would not announce box-office receipts from this weekend’s snuff film. Instead, you will count your $150 million in bloody money - privately".
To trace how our society has descended into moral darkness, all one needs to do is follow the history of the Batman franchise. The 1960s Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward can be described as campy, cartoonish, and cheesy at times. The shows featured all kinds of fighting, but the main villains never got killed in these dust-ups. The Batman of today has taken on a dark, sinister, and evil tone. In these flicks, people die left and right.
I think we're truly in trouble as society when we reach the point at which morality is no longer questioned as a factor in the type of violence we see today. Until people realize that the garbage being spewed by Hollywood is corrupting the world, we are going to continue to see events similar to what transpired in Aurora, Colorado.
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:21-22).