Early this morning a young man named James Holmes attacked a crowd at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado with an arsenal of weapons, killing twelve people. Early media reports suggested that he might have been a Tea Party supporter motivated by right-wing extremism, but these rumors proved unfounded. The occasion of the shooting was the opening of the new Batman movie, and the shooter is said to have been dressed as the Joker — in other words, he may have attempted to realize a Batman-related fantasy.
In other news, a young man in England assaulted a young female runner carrying the Olympic torch, shouting “Allahu akhbar” as he attempted to grab it away from her. The torch remained in her hands, and the would-be thief is now in police custody.
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