All the excitement for the new Batman movie promptly disappeared when I heard the horrific news about the shootings in Aurora, Colorado.
Original movie costumes from The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises billboard at Sunset & Vine
towers over the Cinerama Dome
I've no doubt the shooting will reopen the age old debate about violence in movies, but surely it should instead kickstart a discussion and action about the ownership of guns and the ease with which people can do so in America. How many more men, women and children need to die in schools, malls and cinemas before something is done.
People will obviously feel strongly about this, they'll quote the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and their right to bear arms, but I personally think the world would be a safer place without such easy access to guns.
On a final note, regardless of how compelling the movie was, I'll take the colourful, fun super heroics of The Avengers over the grim and gritty Dark Knight any day...