Last night, at a premiere showing of the hotly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, a gas mask wearing gunman tossed some tear gas into a crowded theater before opening fire on moviegoers. 12 people were killed, while 38 sustained injuries. To distract authorities from his attack, he planted a false bomb threat at his home. Police later arrested him at the scene.
Naturally, the national news has gone nuts, but with no established motive behind the killing spree, they’re scrambling to come up with their own theories.
One of those theories, unsurprisingly, is that video games play a role. Hop inside for more details.
A CNN contributor, criminal profiling specialist Pat Brown, made the suggestion this morning, saying:
This has been something he has really been into. And now we’re going to find, probably on facebook or anybody who knows him will say, ‘Yeah, he did have a lot of interest in that, He was always playing the video games.
And I’m not saying video games make you a killer. But if you’re a psychopath, video games help you get in the mode to do the killing. So it is a problem in our society with teenaged psychopaths, that they do get inspired by this and want to make it real. So it is a danger but it doesn’t make you a psycho.
Of course, we have no idea whether the killer, 24-year-old James Holmes, actually plays video games. We do however know that he was already in trouble with the law, scheduled to appear in court on Monday (all records are sealed by court order).
I have to wonder, however, why anyone assumes video games are the cause. A guy wearing a mask, going on a killing spree? Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar? (See the image at right)
I actually doubt there’s any real connection, but I imagine that’d at least be a more likely explanation than video games.