The new World epidemic of evil Jokers.The latest senseless massacre of movie goers seeing the premier of the new batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises,” by alleged gunman and part time evil...

The new World epidemic of evil Jokers.

The latest senseless massacre of movie goers seeing the premier of the new batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises,” by alleged gunman and part time evil maniac, James Holmes, in Aurora, Colorado, has once again brought to the World’s attention the modern trend of seemingly normal, if maybe a little weird individuals loosing total touch with reality and going bat shit nuts on the rest of humanity for no apparent rational reason.   

     Here is a brief rundown of just a few of the most notable mass shootings in the last five years: July 20, 2012 – James Holmes, alleged “Joker killer,” shoots 58 killing 12 in Aurora, Colorado, at a crowded movie theater.- Motivation : He’s the Joker? July 22, 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik, kills 77 as he massacres a youth camp in Norway. Motivation: Doesn’t like Muslims. Nov. 5, 2009 – Maj. Nidal Hasan, kills 13 troops and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas. Motivation: Bad career choice? April 16, 2007 – Seung – Hui Cho, kills 32 fellow students and staff at the Virginia tech. campus in Blacksburg, VA. Motivation: Student life in America is to stressful compared to South Korea?

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Rights to free speech should remain intact. There are always going to be costs to the protection of liberty. Some people will use their legal freedoms in negative ways. However, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Jokers and troublesome people will never become as important as rightful protests, pioneering journalists and the like. 

 

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Today, between the internet and tv and radio, information is shared instantly. This was a terrible crime and of course it will get media attention. However, sick people have always existed and the media has always reported on these types of stories. Will it spur copycats? Possibly. However, it might also make people more cautious if they see something that seems weird, they may report it and not just sit there until something else happens. So, there are pros and cons to reporting these stories, however, this country shouldn't suppress stories and people should be not kept in the dark.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Danger sells, and sensationalism sells. I don't think it's possible to suggest that media outlets not cover these stories, and give these losers an audience. They always will, because people are drawn to this gore almost against their will. News outlets will do what will make them money, and win them awards.
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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I am forced to think about the "Zombie" from Florida when topics like this come up. After the horrible event in Florida, people began to fear that a "Zombie Apocalypse" was coming. Now, with a new "character" emerging, people have found another face to fear.

As stated above, copycat crimes are no new thing. The coverage of the horrific event did prove to be positive--authorities found another man threatening to kill (and they arrested him).

We have always had evil "Jokers," and we always will. It is nothing new.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It is disturbing to think about individuals planning these sorts of crimes, but I do think that the media has done a pretty decent job with the Colorado shooting about not glorifying the shooter after the victims' families asked for them to downplay the coverage.

 

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I'm not sure that its necessary to "stomp on the First Amendment" to stop this sort of thing. Copy cat crimes are nothing new, and tend to follow the signature of the original crime. Such is the case with the Colorado massacre. I don't think it can be attributed so much to the costume or character, as many people attended the movie in costume. While the First Amendment is not an issue; there is probably some problem with the Supreme Court's most recent interpretation of the Second Amendment. Some type of gun control would do far more to prevent this type crime than restricting people's dress.

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Epidemic? I certainly hope not. But all the intense media coverage of these types of people doesn't help. Some people are attracted to the idea of being the evil anti-hero and just knowing that their name and face is up there for everybody to see.

With that said, there's no way to keep the media from "glorifying" these criminals without stomping on the first amendment.

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strongservice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Epidemic? I certainly hope not. But all the intense media coverage of these types of people doesn't help. Some people are attracted to the idea of being the evil anti-hero and just knowing that their name and face is up there for everybody to see.

With that said, there's no way to keep the media from "glorifying" these criminals without stomping on the first amendment.

Our rights can be a double edged sword, why do you think the C.I.A. does all thier interagations overseas. We do need to get a handle on the unlimited access to over the top weapondry that serves only one obvious funtion - mass murder.

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