Obviously, much has been said and written about the recent tragic deaths of 12 people in a movie theater and the wounding of so many more. The fact that such things happen seems almost unthinkable until you read about it or see it on television. As with most Americans, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family and friends during this terrible time in our nation's history. That being said, there are a couple of things around this that I would like to touch on. I'm going to leave politics out of this, because I think it has no place in the discussion at this point in time.
The first thing I want to mention is my appreciation for the point of view that some media personalities are taking in regard to mentioning the alleged shooter's name. I first heard comment on the subject by Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has always had my admiration -both as a christian man and a politician. He feels strongly that it is not warranted to mention the murder's name (or any other like him, for that matter) as it tends to provide fame and the type of notoriety that so many nut cases crave and thrive on. Many disagree wiht that assertion, and photos of the killer with his dyed hair and crazy expressions abound on T.V., in print and on the Web. Enough already. What purpose does that really serve? If you want to spread names and photos, how about more emphasis on stories of some of the victims and acts of selfless heroism that we so desperately need to pay more attention to in our culture?
The second thing i wish to throw out for discussion is the pending lawsuit being brought by one of the occupants of the theater that night who claims he deserves compensation by the shooter's doctors, the cinema itself and even Warner Bros. for making the movie (which it should be noted the shooter didn't even watch). How can one really justify such an action? I understand that it must have been horrific to partake in such an event and I can't imagine the nightmares such a thing would produce; but how is it acceptable to blame Warner Bros. or somebody's doctor for what happened and hope to get rich from it? There may be a thin case against the theater for not having somebody monitoring the exit door, but the killer was going to find a way anyhow to carry out his insane act against these innocent moviegoers, no matter what. This sue-crazy mentality has got to be curbed. Society seems like it's upside down these days; this morning I heard that a parent is suing a teacher for giving their child a C. Where does it end?