US seeks explanation to killings


When America woke up to the terrible news yesterday morning, it strained to seek a rational explanation.

Police and the FBI said the shooter “was not part of a terrorist nexus”. The Pentagon checked records to see if he had served in the military; could he have been unhinged by violence in Baghdad or Kabul? Politics flashed through a few minds. The 12 dead and 59 wounded were watching a midnight showing of the latest Batman film.

The right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh had claimed Democrats chose the villain’s name, Bane, like the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital. One of the film’s stars, Morgan Freeman, had donated $1 million to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

If the absurd idea of a political connection was quickly discarded, a link with the film was not.

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