July 21, 2012 § 12 Comments
A gunman opened fire at a midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado Friday morning. Police report that at least 12 people are dead and 59 were injured. The suspect, James Holmes, is in custody and due to be arraigned at 8.30am on Monday morning, at Arapahoe County court in Littleton, Colorado.
The latest senseless rampage to shock America will never be forgotten. This country still remembers the 1999 Columbine school shootings, for example. Indeed, you wouldn’t be alone if the murder spree, apparently carried out by PhD student James Holmes, triggered memories of other mass killings like Columbine.
Holmes’ loner personality is very familiar for that of a mass shooter. The suspect also falls in line with the 95% of rampage killers since 1949 that were men.
But beyond these basic descriptions, how does Holmes fit into the history of rampage killers? Most importantly, what if it was AbdulAziz or Ibrahim, or any other Muslim that was the shooter? Would it still be labelled “rampage killer” or the commonly convenient “terrorist”, or worst still “Muslim terrorist”. I actually do wonder!
Nonetheless, my condolences and heartfelt sorrow to the victims, their families and friends. The world has no room for such mindless, senseless act. For whatever reason.