Don’t Blame Bruce Wayne

Emotions are high right now about the Aurora shootings, with good reason. But most of what I have read in recent days is where the blame should go, not a diagnosis of why it happened and how to stop future similar events. Right now, guns and Batman movies are getting a lot of the blame. Maybe they shouldn’t be.

Yes, the Batman films are violent, but normal, sane people do not watch a violent movie and decide to go shoot a crowd of fans. Hollywood should take stock of the violence (and sex, and profanity) in their movies. But they are not responsible for what happened.

Banning guns is also not going to stop evil people from using them, nor will it halt the evil in our society. Gun are a way to express evil not what creates it. Nutjob would still have killed people, with or without guns. It is not the gun to blame for the crime, but the person who used it—the sociopath who planned this out in advance, spent months buying weapons and gear, and then calmly went out and killed men, women, and children.

Yes, I know his name. So do you. The media has been spewing it 24/7 since the shooting. And that’s part of the problem. Each article I read about the incident also references Columbine and the disturbed boys responsible. Is that going to inspire future sociopaths to similar behavior? To a sociopath, fame is fame. In their mind, you kill people and get famous. In our fame-driven society, fame is everything. With each copycat crime, your fame will grow, since everyone will talk about you in a similar context… forever. And in the meantime, you are all anyone talks about!

What would happen if we stopped calling sociopaths by name? If we ceased referencing their crimes when similar ones are committed? What if we only focused on the victims, and regulated the murders to an unspoken litany of shame? Might it deter future mass murderers if they thought all they’d get out of it would be a lethal injection and not the infamy (fame) they covet?

Nutjob is responsible for this crime. He decided to kill. He chose to be evil. He pulled a trigger and wired explosives. It’s all on him… yet in recent years we’ve had quite a few of these sociopaths, much more than ever before. That means we need to take a hard look at our society.

This sort of thing didn’t used to happen. Why not? For one thing, people did not have time to plan things like this. They had jobs, responsibilities, and were raised believing in good values and a higher power. They were not isolated from one another. Neighbors knew and spent time with each other. Our society valued faith and morality, and human life was considered sacred.

In 2012, you can buy a video game that lets you to beat a hooker to death with a pipe before proceeding to the next level. The Hunger Games, a series about children forced to kill each other, is at the top of the bestseller list, and was one of the biggest box office hauls of the year. You can abort a child because it is “inconvenient.” People have more “online” friends than real-life friends. They spend less time interacting in person, which means they are alienated. This makes it difficult to spot anti-social tendencies. The anonymity encourages cruel behavior toward one another.

Schools tell us we are evolved from goop; God does not exist; life has no real meaning; there is no reason for our existence, and we are not accountable for our actions. If there is no God, there is no Satan, which means Evil can’t exist… yet it is so evident that it does exist, and is alive and well around us. Those who refuse to accept the existence of evil seek someone to blame for it: guns, movies, parents. If you can deflect blame, you can pretend evil is just the result instead of the cause.

The real problem here is all of us, and what we allow in our society. Hollywood would not make ultra-violent movies if we did not watch them. Repulsive video games would not get made if we  cared more about their content. Life would be more respected if we stood up for it once in awhile. The harsh truth is: evil exists whether you want to believe in it or not. And until we realize that, no one is safe. ♥

12 Replies to “Don’t Blame Bruce Wayne”

  1. Great post.

    I hear you about Hollywood taking stock but not because of what happened in Aurora… instead they should from a moral perspective. Horrible as it was – is, I don’t believe the movies are to blame; we are responsible for our own actions! No one takes personal responsibility anymore, and it is sad. Cool as we think movies are, though we may walk out of the theater thinking we’d like a replica of the iconic car or one of the costumes, we don’l leave thinking we want to be like the villain. Banning guns is also not going to stop someone like this Holmes guy either, he would have found a way around it.

    Evil does exist but it is how we respond to it that matters.

    1. I think my pastor summed it up rather well this past weekend in his sermon when he said that everyone in the room with him, including himself, was capable of such a thing as Nutjob did — and it is by God’s grace alone that we do not do it.

      Hollywood liberals are really good about bashing guns… and then using them as cool props in all of their movies. Apparently, guns are awesome in movies but not in real life? Wow, what a hypocritical double standard that is. Then there is the fact that you can’t ban guns — how are you going to recover all the ones already sold, some of which have been in families for generations? What are you going to do, send the military door to door searching for weapons? What about our right to personal property? Then too, the cities with the strictest gun laws have the most crimes — because only the criminals, who do not buy their guns legally anyway, are armed. If Nutjob didn’t have access to guns… he would have used a bomb. He wired his apartment building to go up when the police broke in — why is no one talking about banning the materials he used to build his bombs?

      It’s all just a lot of absurd finger-pointing, rather than dealing with the real problem here — the evil human heart.

      1. Sadly, yes, the liberals would have our rights stripped from us – and would go door-to-door to ensure gun control. If not literally, than figuratively speaking.

  2. Well, here I would have a discussion with you, since I do not believe in Evil as put here. I don’t know if I could express myself correctly, but I will try anyways (:P). First off, I define everything under the concept of responsibility. These days we prefer to use the words “guilt” and “fault” to define acts that go wrong. But we never assume responsibility, since it looks like a bad word that requires too much thinking. And it does. It is easy to blame a movie, a video game or a music genre to say: oh you! But no one really thinks all the factors behind the problem: parents, economy, social situation, even chemistry. Humans have been, since the dawn of time, complex creatures. To say a movie provoked a shooting is incredibly irresponsible, but also terribly perilous. All we get from this is a group that will forbid something and then think everything is safe. Not true. I think getting a tag like “evil” just does not answer what happened in Colorado. I think it is a concept that simplifies an explanation, but a group of people has used it for 2000 years and it has not solved the problem. Our solutions have to be much more integral than just banning something, I do agree. It is about analyzing the factors that made the man snap at the end as a whole, not just take two or three and then call him a bad person. Evil does not exist, but maybe corruption of an idea. The guy thought he was doing good. My question to him would be why? How? It would enter into problems much more complicated, and we may never solve them. But I prefer to die trying. Let us remember this saying that says that the only thing you will never get out alive is life. The guy was deviated, and he should not have done that. Now let’s try to understand and find ways to avoid such things again.
    Well, I hope I was somewhat clear here. If not, there is pretty much more room to discuss. I will keep my eye on more of your articles!

    1. I disagree with your assertion that evil doesn’t exist, or is an end result rather than the cause — because evidence is all around us that it does.

      Granted, circumstances and emotional makeup do play a part — but ultimately, the choice to do something you know is wrong is indeed evil.

      One need look no further than the kindergarten playground for evidence of evil. Watch children interact with one another. They are naturally selfish and mean. No one taught them to be that way — it is engrained in them through their sin nature. Parents have to teach them to be LESS that way as they get older. Most kindergarteners know right from wrong — they know not to kick one another, put sand up each other’s nose, or punch each other… and some of them choose to do it anyway, even though it will get them punishment. Why? It’s not because they are mistreated at home. Some are, others aren’t.

      Some children are born nicer than others, true… but even nice children can act out. I was a kind little girl who never would hurt anyone and who cried if she found a dead bird… but that didn’t stop me from stealing peppermints out of my mom’s purse, even though I knew it was wrong. The DOING IT ANYWAY is what indicates the presence of evil in my own life — I had a lovely childhood. I never “wanted” for anything. I would likely have been given a peppermint if I asked. But I chose to steal it instead.

      What’s my excuse?

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