Last night 24-year-old James Holmes used four guns (a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, according police), and tear gas to shoot, disorientate, and trap theater goers attending the opening of The Dark Knight Rising movie at a theater in Aurora, Colorado. The attack left 12 people dead and
38 59 injured. He was arrested outside the theater by police shortly thereafter.
This morning in the aftermath of the shooting cable news outlets are trying to make sense of the crime. Mediaite reports that a CNN contributor theorizes that the shooting last night may have been planned by repeatedly playing video games.
"This has been something he has really been into. And now we’re going to find, probably on facebook or anybody who knows him will say, ‘Yeah, he did have a lot of interest in that, He was always playing the video games," said criminal profiler Pat Brown this morning at around 9 am EST during a CNN segment. "And I’m not saying video games make you a killer. But if you’re a psychopath, video games help you get in the mode to do the killing. So it is a problem in our society with teenaged psychopaths, that they do get inspired by this and want to make it real. So it is a danger but it doesn’t make you a psycho."
Since very little information has been revealed about what motivated James Holmes to stage an attack on the theater, Brown was put in the tough position of coming up with some sort of motive. To her credit, Brown also said that games don't make a person a killer. Still, if there was any lesson learned from the days after the shootings at Columbine, it was that rushing to judgment about causation without having all the facts is a bad idea and serves absolutely no purpose.
CNN has more details on the attack here.