Unscripted: A Dark Night

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the The Dark Knight Rises shooting.

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4 thoughts on “Unscripted: A Dark Night

  1. Roger Dunn

    The gun control idea – which has largely worked in Australia, following the massacre we had at Port Arthur, in Tasmania (85 dead – one assailant) – is simply impossible in the US. BUT what about a stringent control over availability of ammunition? It’d take a while to work, and might (actually would) set up a black market similar to Prohibition days, but would at least be limiting.

  2. Errol Jones

    The horror of the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ shooting re-emphasized for me the need to design and implement appropriate preventative measures as much as determine the cause and effect of such events. Too often, such tragedies are assigned to back-of-mind rather than front-of-mind focus once their newsworthiness diminishes. Public awareness and condemnation of the egregious event are revived only when the killer is brought to court and eventually sentenced. But even with the pronouncement of a life sentence or the death penalty, in most cases this killer shows little or no contrition, regret, or empathy for the family of his victims. His – as it’s usually a male offender – sardonic expression underscores an attitude of hate for a public that, he considers, has not provided him due recognition. He craves attention and fame. Although he knows that his method of achievement will come at the greatest cost to society, this does nothing to deter him. His over-riding compulsion is to gain maximum media attention, and, usually, he succeeds. We all crave news updates on the incident. It becomes the predominant subject of conversation. The killer is tried and convicted. We all applaud the court’s decision. And then, all too often, the event fades into obscurity, except at times of anniversaries and opportunistic production of documentaries. All too soon, however, the tragedy of mass killings is repeated. It’s how to prevent these repeats that seems to me to be an imperative priority. Forensic analyses and psychological profiling play important roles in attempts to understand why a person acted in such a cold-blooded way. But, what do they contribute to prevention? Why don’t alarm bells ring as an alert to the gate keepers of public and national security? For example, how is it that the September 11 terrorists had undergone flight training in the very country they were going to attack? No questions asked. How is it that James Holmes could amass such a deadly arsenal – some of which he purchased on the Internet – without triggering some suspicion? Until we find answers to these basic questions I think massacres like that perpetrated by James Holmes will be repeated.
    I wish I had the answer.
    Errol Jones.

  3. Evan

    My tremendous sympathy for the Aurora community — I can’t imagine the anger and misery that must be in those left behind. Putting aside the violence-in-movies argument, from our perspective here in Australia your BIG problem in the USA is access to guns. A statistic raised the other day was that Americans have 80+ guns for every 100 people. Start the ball rolling for fundamental gun law reform and at least lower the odds of such an event happening again. Writers, storytellers and everyone can play a role in that.

  4. barbara l. ashdown

    It is very difficult for me to understand why so many Hollywood-type writers have such a difficult time writing anything that isn’t laced with profanity, nudity, violence, and just plain darkness. Not only do writers write to heal our wounds, but isn’t it time we begin to write to heal the wounds of others? Isn’t it time for words that lift others to greatness; heal brokenness; give hope; bring light; teach goodness?

    If there’s anything we should have learned, isn’t it how utterly, inescapably responsible we are for each jot and tittle we pen? We cannot allow events like the Colorado massacre to come into our lives without changing us in some way, but how will they change us? What will you, personally, do as a writer to bring value to a tragedy such as this? How will the words you write today look different from the words you penned prior to this tragedy?

    All the condolences in the world don’t mean a thing unless they come from a heart that is so broken by this event that each and every word that pours from it, henceforth, will reflect the values learned from it.

    Thanks for listening.