Friday July 20 was supposed to be the peak of the blockbuster movie season with the release of Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in The Dark Knight trilogy. Instead of being a momentous night for movie lovers, it became a black day for all the nation. Tragedy occurred when a gun man opened fire at a midnight showing in Aurora, Colorado. The man was dressed like and identified himself as The Joker. This sad turn of events immediately raised a long debated topic of whether or not the movies are to blame for this madman’s actions.

After such heinous events, it is natural in our human nature to want to place blame somewhere and the multi billion dollar a year movie industry makes for a fairly large target. But is it fair to blame them? The one question I immediately asked myself was, “if The Dark Knight had never been made…

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