Should film be blamed for violence?
Should "Dark Knight Rises" be blamed for Friday's shooting massacre in Aurora, Colorado? Many are debating that question as we learn more about the shooter and what he allegedly told police during his arrest. Our Brandon Walker spoke with a film critic who says the problem isn't the movie, though often times that's the first and easiest scapegoat.
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ALBANY, N.Y.-- Fire in the hole at accused Colorado gunman James Holmes' apartment Saturday, as crews successfully detonate the space, turned booby trap, by the alleged shooter.
As police hope to find answers there, questions about Holmes and his influences have become a topic of conversation. Particularly whether his setting of choice, a midnight showing of "Dark Knight Rises", was more than a coincidence.
"This man obviously had major, major issues," said Rob Edelman, a film critic and professor at UAlbany.
Major issues and apparently a flare for the dramatic. Police say Holmes told them he was the joker when they arrested him. Also, his hair had been dyed red.
"There's a lot going on here," he said. "A lot more than just blame it on the movie."
Friday's massacre has given way to debate over who's to blame for Holmes' rage, a finger even pointed a the movie itself accusing it of being too violent.
Rob Edelman says that argument is too trivial of an excuse.
"I think it's very, very easy to say Hollywood, Hollywood, Hollywood. Even in this particular case. This man obviously had major major issues."
Others we talked to agree.
"No matter what, this young gentleman would have done this act regardless of what the film was portraying," said Sue Humphreys in Albany.
"I think the issue is access to assault riffles to the general public without any background checks," said Amarinder Bindra in Albany.
This debate surrounding censorship and how much of it is too much, isn't new. Looking at the bigger picture, Professor Edelman says a case could be made for films that dig deeper than simply the violent event itself.
"We have the violence, a lot of it is very very flashy. It's in your face," he said. "But we don't see the after effects on the survivors."
Conversation for future debate.
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers Pictures has scaled back promotion for Dark Knight Rises, in memoriam of lives lost and those turned on end.