James Holmes is the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado shootings that killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more.
As reporters work to reveal the identity, history, and character of James Holmes, the suspected shooter in this morning’s massacre in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, they may suggest that his personal interests could have led him to commit a horrific crime.
Whenever such a tragedy strikes, we want to understand why it happened, perhaps in the hope of preventing another from happening.
As long as we focus on subjects such as video games, music, faith, or even comic books, we are distracting ourselves from the real clues that may tell us that someone might be on the verge of a violent attack.
Instead, we should be looking at Holmes’ mental state, his life circumstances, his methods of coping — or not coping — with failure and disappointment. These, not patterns of media intake, are the real clues.
I’ll likely have more to say as the story unfolds.