Personally I don't believe this was a copy-cat. He appeared to be wearing a gas mask because he was using tear gas and more than likely picked that screening of the film knowing there would be a large amount of people there for him to target. That, and he would get himself a large amount of publicity for it. What a sick and twisted person...
(Original post by IcedTea&PotNoodle)
I think you've got it spot on. It's clearly a mentally disturbed person who's probably become obsessed with the dark knight films and has convinced himself he is bane. The bulletproof vest, dressed all in black and a gas mask tells you everything in my opinion.
It really is terrible that people had probably been waiting to see this film for ages and were looking forward to a good night out and in the least place they expected they had their lives taken from them.
Seriously, that's the conclusion you draw from that?
More likely that he knew that he'd be releasing a gas cansister and didn't want to incapacitate himself, didn't want to be shot dead by the police and didn't want to be seen when he walked in the cinema to do the shooting. I don't think for a second that he's someone obsessed with Batman. 100% more likely that, as Briesandwich said, he knew that the theatre would be packed and that at the time of night they would be a corralled and captive group who couldn't escape.
(Original post by Jordan_1)
When is America going to realise that guns shouldn't be legal? ****ing idiots.
You act as if there aren't ways to get guns in the UK. I agree, however, it should made extremely difficult to acquire a gun. It's contentious, with the level of mental depravity abound in today's America the second amendment is now more necessary than ever, for protection purposes. However, clearly a cultural, as well as legislative change needs to occur if we're ever going to see a decrease in violent crime, particularly gun crime.