The Joker Movie Sparks Fear of a Mass Shooting Across the US


Melanie Kibler

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Relatives of the 2012 Colorado mass shooting victims are concerned that The Joker is going to inspire a copycat shooter on its release date – October 4th.  The 2012 shooting happened during a midnight viewing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado killing twelve people.  

After the early release of The Joker many people have glowing reviews, but others are concerned that depicting the Joker, a loner who’s misunderstood, as the protagonist might make others see him as the ideal rolemodel.  People are arguing that to someone mentally unstable the Joker might seem like a role model.

After seeing the disturbing trailer for The Joker a letter was sent to Warner Brothers by family members of the Aurora shooting victims.  The letter asked that Warner help them fight for better gun safety in the United States.

“Specifically, we’re asking you to do the following: End political contributions to candidates who take money from the NRA and vote against gun

reform. These lawmakers are literally putting your customers and employees in danger.

Use your political clout and leverage in Congress to actively lobby for gun reform. Keeping everyone safe should be a top corporate priority for Warner Brothers.

Help fund survivor funds and gun violence intervention programs to help survivors of gun violence and to reduce every-day gun violence in the communities you serve” (Letter to the Warner Bros.).

Warner responded that neither they nor The Joker are endorsing gun violence in anyway.  They continued, saying that “Gun violence in our society is a critical issue, and we extend our deepest sympathy to all the victims and families impacted by these tragedies” (ABC News).

With all the concern going around about a copycat shooting, the theater in Aurora isn’t showing The Joker and police in some states are promising to increase police presence around theaters on October 4th.

If you are going to see The Joker this weekend make sure that you stay safe.

Great informative article Melanie!