It’s probably going to be a while before the news media offer details on the background and possible motive of the guy who went on a MURDEROUS RAMPAGE early today at a movie theater in a suburb of Denver.
But the blogosphere already has begun to deal with possible political slants to the story.
ABC News has SUGGESTED that the suspect in the case, 24-year-old James Holmes, might have ties to the Tea Party movement. In turn, right-wing bloggers have waxed indignant at such speculation, as we see HERE and HERE.
Meanwhile, Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican and one of the looniest members of Congress, SAYS he sees the Colorado massacre as part of a war on Christianity.
As the day goes on, I’ll offer updates from the left and right branches of the blogosphere regarding political angles to this tragedy.
UPDATE: It says HERE that people on Facebook and other social media with the same name as the suspected shooter are getting harassed.
UPDATE II: ABC News has RETRACTED the suggestion that the shooter had ties to the Tea Party movement.
UPDATE III: THIS GUY says it’s all right to politicize certain tragedies.
UPDATE IV: The shooter REPORTEDLY was a medical school dropout.
UPDATE V: In the wake of the Colorado tragedy, the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns are ASKING TV stations to pull some of their ads.
UPDATE VI: Here’s a photo of James Holmes, the shooting suspect:
UPDATE VII: A random thought: The violence in the new Batman movie will hereafter be associated in the minds of people in the audience with the tragedy that occurred in Colorado.
I can imagine that some people will be at least a little less eager to see this flick. Some might even decide to take a pass on it.
UPDATE VIII: HERE‘s a list of hundreds of mass shootings in the United States over the past seven years.
UPDATE IX: President Obama has ordered that flags be lowered to half staff for the next five days at the “White House and all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States.”