Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | 7:51am
Could the the Aurora Shooting Have Been Staged by the Government or Well-Funded Lobby Group?
Is it too hard to believe that such a heinous act could have been orchestrated by a group with a cause
As a marketer, I have become very fascinated by trends and human behavior. Perhaps that in addition to our wonderful readers and contributors has been my motivation for continuing the Highbrid Nation. What makes people tick. What causes them to do the odd things they do?
That question has often been asked in the wake of school/ mass shooting incidents that have been on the rise since the 1999 mass murder at Columbine High School. What triggered that first attack? The experts have pointed at bullying and society ostracizing the would-be shooters for their odd and reclusive behavior. What ensued was a wave, a trend, if you will (without being too insensitive) of similar killings. One of my favorite authors, Malcolm Gladwell discusses this in his book, The Tipping Point. He discusses how even suicide can be motivated by fad, the willingness to kill oneself to fit in.
What invariably winds up happening is we focus heavily on the suspect, we certainly rarely know the victims and far too often pay little attention to the facts. So would it be so far fetched that while the Media dedicate hours, column inches and books to these clowns that an entity, even our own Government couldn’t put this production together like an elaborate Broadway play?
Before the bodies were cold, conspiracy theorist all over the net launched theories of how this could be an effort on the part of the Governement or other well funded group to perhaps draw attention to gun control, domestic terrorism or other lobby efforts. They pointed at the fact that the shooter, (who I’m purposely not naming,) went through the trouble of elaborately wiring his apartment with boobies-traps but then chose to tell police of the fact after his arrest. Critics have argued that this was because the trap was part of the shooters failed effort to lure police away from the theater with the loud techno-music he put on before his departure and subsequent explosion that would ensue when police made entry. Who knows.
If we go by strictly reports, the bombs and the precision by which this attack was carried out was done by a professional or with the help of one. Police have called the boobie-traps and the intelligence used to put one together very sophisticated. Beyond the ability of a brilliant pre-medical student? Who knows? With so many causes and so much political impact such an act can have on campaign season is it really out of the realm of possibility that this was put together by someone other than a lone shooter? I guess we’ll probably never know.