Some people are going to claim that guns are what caused the shooting in a movie theater in the wee hours of a Friday morning. Others will make the claim that violence in movies, television, and video games is to blame for the shooting, and even specifically blame the Batman movies. Some people will blame the shooting on poverty or lack of education. But are any of these really what caused James Holmes who was raised in an upper middle class family and on his way to getting a doctorate in neuroscience to open fire in a theater during the movie "The Dark Night Rises"?
Ted Baehr, a Christian movie critic, says that none of those things are to blame for James Holmes opening fire in a movie theater. None of the above claims get at the crux of the issue and answers the real question: Why did this happen? Ted Baehr makes the claim that wickedness is to blame for the shooting, and that this happened because persons don't have a relationship with the loving God along with having the belief in Jesus' message to bring salvation to all.
Ted Baehr states:
Actually, none of these reasons answer the question ‘Why?’ The fact is that this is an evil act committed by an evil person, who did not know the truth of Jesus Christ that would set him free from such wickedness. The answer is not more laws, the answer is not to banish movies, nor neuroscience programs, nor weapons that can be used to protect, but rather to get the word of God out. Because "faith comes through hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ" (Romans 10:17).
I used to be on the radical left, but Jesus Christ got hold of me, and I’ve tried to live my life every day by enjoying Him, using the power of God’s Holy Spirit. As the word of God says in Galatians 5:22-23, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
If you ban the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ from society, including the education system, you’re not banning God; you’re banning goodness, justice, truth, peace, kindness, joy, gentleness, self-control, and love.
Do you think that it is possible for a person to be both insane and evil? It is my opinion that a sane person would not have succumbed to committing such an evil act of violence because of viewing violence on the screen or due to either poverty or a lack of education. There are plenty of people who live in poverty as well as others who don't have much of an education but they don't go around on killing sprees.