Browsing: Mass Murder

vox.lux.school.shootingBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Art can and should be ugly at times. But what is the responsibility of the artist and exhibitor in terms of preparing a viewer for such material? And does this obligation change depending on where and how the art is displayed?

These subjects arose during closing night of the 41st annual Denver Film Festival, when the forthcoming film Vox Lux was given the red-carpet treatment at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.Most attendees probably knew little about the film beyond its description as a satirical portrait of a pop star portrayed by Natalie Portman, with original music by Sia. But the tale opens with a graphic school shooting set in 1999, when the Columbine attack took place. To make the allusion even more direct, the gunman, seen above, is clad in a long jacket that recalls what the Columbine killers wore. Westword has the story.

natalie.bolinger.facebookReading from the Voice Media empire: Months after the tragic February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the debate over the proliferation of guns in the U.S. continues to rage. But while mass-casualty events grab the headlines, individual incidents of gun violence, many of which attract little attention, result in fatality figures that are just as shocking. A disturbing example: Since last July, the same number of teenagers have been shot to death in one state as were slain at Stoneman Douglas. Westword has the story.

nikolas.cruz.james.holmesReading from the Voice Media empire: Recent reports that Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed seventeen people at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, has been inundated with fan mail and inspired the forming of alternately sympathetic and worshipful social-media groups echo some of the disturbing responses that followed the July 20, 2012, Aurora theater shooting, when James Holmes took twelve lives and injured seventy other patrons at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight RisesWestword has the story.

lou.vallario.garfield.county.sheriffReading from the Voice Media empire:  The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month has sparked plenty of conversation about whether new gun-control laws are needed. Against this backdrop, Sheriff Lou Vallario has stirred controversy aplenty by way of a Facebook video in which he suggests that blaming weapons for such incidents is flat-out nonsensical. Westword has the story.

columbine.shooting.surveillance.footageReading from the Voice Media empire: An attendee at a town hall after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says a state representative and Second Amendment advocate attempted to bolster her argument that teachers should be armed by claiming that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had supported gun control and lobbied the state legislature to make schools gun-free zones to prevent return fire during the lethal April 20, 1999 attack that took the lives of twelve students and a teacher. And a TV news cameraman who covered Columbine backs up the attendees’ account. Westword has the story.

keanu.reeves.the.matrix.john.wickReading from the Voice Media empire: Reporters and anchors covering the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999, attack on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. But there’s another tie between these tragedies beyond bloodshed and heartache. Politicians and stakeholders desperate to deflect calls for tougher gun laws are once again suggesting that violence in popular culture is more responsible for what happened in Parkland than are easily procured weapons. And as was the case after Columbine, one of the main whipping boys is actor Keanu Reeves. Really. Westword has the story.

parkland.high.school.shooting.youtubeReading from the Voice Media Empire: Reporters and anchors covering February 14’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, frequently mentioned the disturbing similarity between images from the latest tragic event, during which seventeen people died, and those from the April 20, 1999 attack on Columbine High School. But Columbine’s terrible legacy has been felt consistently over the intervening eighteen-plus years. As documented below, the Parkland incident was at least the 208th school shooting to take place in Columbine’s wake. Westword has the story.

columbine.students.running.from.school.youtubeReading from the Voice Media empire: The day after Devin Kelley murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5, filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted that the tragedy has pushed the April 20, 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, the subject of his 2002 Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, from the list of America’s ten worst mass shootings. Westword has the story.

las.vegas.shootingReading from the Voice Media empire: The dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries that took place during an October 1 shooting by Stephen Paddock during a Jason Aldean appearance outside the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas have made the event the deadliest of its kind in U.S. history, but the incident is hardly isolated. In the five-plus years since July 20, 2012, when twelve people were killed and seventy were injured during James Holmes’s attack at the Century 16 theater in Aurora Colorado, at least 1,864 mass shootings have taken place, according to online estimates. Westword has the story.

aurora.century.16Reading from the Voice Media empire: Five years ago yesterday, James Holmes killed twelve people and injured seventy others during a screen of The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado. In the 24 hours afterward, we published twenty stories that, when viewed in retrospect, capture the terror and confusion unleashed by this horrific crime. Read them here. Westword has the story.

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