Problem one: You see the movie (or a movie) as a cause. .
I know the Batman movies DIDN'T "make Holmes do it"!
It is also clear that the perpetrator had been planning this for months, at least.
Who knows? Maybe for years. Batman the Dark Knight movie came out in 2008. I think it gave him ideas though, otherwise he wouldn't have imitated the Joker.
Even Heath Ledger described the Joker as a "psychopatihic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy."
I maintain that ill people murder people, not movies.
I agree. Just like guns don't murder people, people murder people.
Movies do not cause mental illness,
You know as well as I do that people react to what they see and hear in Movies. That's the point here with the killer and the ficticioius Batman movies showcasing intense brutality and violence. We'll learn more about the killer soon...somewhere along the way, his life snapped. For him, I'd say the movies were toxic.
But for other movie goers, obviously, the film would likely not be dangerous.
We are all individually responsible for our own behavior. No one ever forced anybody to go to any movie,
That's true but only so far.
Please somebody tell me: why on earth would adults go to theatre in the middle of the night with infants and children to watch a Batman movie? Twelve people, among them a six year old child was killed. I also read that an infant was hurt but not seriously.
There can only be (we hope) justice.
Time will tell.