The Dark Night in Aurora – Who Do We Sue?

See NOTE at the end of this article for an update.

The massacre at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, is a tragedy of immeasurable proportions. Many will offer words of condolence, outrage, confusion, and prayer – none of which, except prayer, will make sense of the loss of life. Many others will be at an understandably complete loss for words.

Unfortunately, however, there is already rising another group of people with something to say – though really, these people would be better following the example of those at a loss for words. They are politicians, lawyers, and advocacy groups looking to make some hay and some green from other people’s grief.

I call them scum-sucking parasites. Some people refer to them as ambulance-chasers. Still others call them crusaders. But one label that invariably defines them is “Liberals.”

One of the current Generals of Liberalism, Chicago mob boss – excuse me – Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously stated “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” I doubt he actually coined the phrase. Lawyers and liberal activists have been living out the sentiment for nearly the entire history of the United States. They are experts in turning other people’s despair into a personal soapbox, one often raised above the crowd by stacks of cash “earned” at somebody else’s expense. They fit the very definition of “parasite.” And they need to be ignored. But of course, the liberally-biased media knows the smell of ratings as well as politicians and lawyers know the smell of a big payoff, so you can expect the tragedy in Aurora to be exploited by these blood-suckers for months – and even years – to come.

Gun Control advocates will call for all sorts of restrictive laws. Liberals hate the Second Amendment, and are bent on blaming the weapons wielded instead of the people wielding them. However, this is not an article about Gun Control or the Second Amendment.

Liberal Politicians will follow the same path as the Gun Control Advocates, jumping on the bandwagon in the name of “thinking about the children” and other slogans that tap into emotions in an attempt to garner campaign cash and votes. However, this is not an article about opportunistic politicians.

No, this is an article about lawyers. Like the rising and setting of the sun, lawyers will surely crawl out of their holes in search of a victim of the Aurora tragedy who’s willing to sue somebody and everybody. And oh, what a list of potential pockets to fleece there are in this case.

Already this morning on the radio, a guest or co-host of Imus’ (I did not catch his name) wondered aloud how much Warner Brothers – the makers of The Dark Knight Rises will “kick in” as restitution for what happened during a screening of their film. But what responsibility does Warner Brothers bear? Yes, James Holmes calls himself “The Joker,” a character from Batman’s extensive legacy. But that’s Holmes’ lunacy, not Warner Brothers. In my opinion, Warner Brothers bears no legal responsibility for Holmes’ choice of target of opportunity.

Yes, it would morally and emotionally behoove the deep pockets at Warner Brothers to make some sort of overture to the victims and their families. Perhaps they could offer to pay for burials, related medical costs, and a reasonable length of psychological grief counseling. And I would bet the cost of one movie ticket that somebody at the studio has already contemplated that. They may have even contemplated going even further than I suggest, perhaps to the length of a victim’s compensation fund to financially aid the survivors and the families of those who perished.

But I would bet you the entire cost of producing The Dark Knight Rises that Warner Brothers’ legal council has already advised the studio heads to not do that for fear that some leach of a lawyer will take that as blood in the responsibility waters and use it in court to extort even more money from the mourning movie studio.

Okay, so how about we sue the owners of the movie theater where the tragedy took place? Surely they bear some responsibility. It took place on their watch, in their building, and involved the perpetrator entering the theater from an Exit Door. Shouldn’t the Exit Doors be monitored? Perhaps they should have installed an alarm on the door that is triggered if it is opened at any time other than after the movie has ended.

Those are all good points. But are they a case for liability? That’s a coin-flip, to be sure. Some jurists will see it one way, others will see it another. However, is suing the theater after the fact for issues of unforeseen events really accomplishing anything other than making some lawyers richer, dragging the tragedy out, and doing harm to a business that is sharing in the grief and loss over what has occurred? I am betting my lunch money that we will indeed see this particular question of liability play out in court.

For sure there are others that the Liberals and the Lawyers will want to see sued. The gun shop where the weapons were purchased. The internet sellers of the ammunition. The makers of the guns. The makers of the ammunition. Heath Ledger’s heirs for playing such a convincingly psychotic Joker in the second Christopher Nolan Batman movie. Jack Nicholson for playing such a ludicrous one in the first Tim Burton entry of Batman movie lore.

But none of these people are to blame for what happened just after midnight on July 20, 2012.

Only one person is. And for my money,  they can’t put a needle filled with a deadly cocktail in his arm fast enough. Jesus commands that I forgive this person. I have no bones about doing that after he is suffering in Hell.

NOTE: Several hours after this story was written, Warner Bros. announced that they would be making a “substantial donation” to victims of the shooting via Colorado’s Community First Foundation.

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