Friday, July 20, 2012

PIERS MORGAN: We Should Have Debated Gun Control Yesterday

Piers Morgan joins Mayor Bloomberg in calling for a national conversation about gun control and not continuing to put it off out of "respect" for victims of gun violence.

Barack Obama Sings One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful'

Having tackled LMFAO, Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber, BaracksDubs moves on to One Direction.

O'REILLY FACTOR: Babies at a Midnight Showing?

Bill O'Reilly connects the dots to figure out that people probably brought their babies to a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado so they wouldn't have to pay a babysitter. Because that's the story here.

THE CYCLE: Touré Calls Out Media for Hyping Aurora Shooting

Perhaps feeling some guilt for how his show and others have been relentlessly covering the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, providing the infamy that the shooter likely desired, Touré turns the focus back on the media's role in incidents like this one.

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Gotcha Links of the Day | 'He Said He Was The Joker'

According to this terrifying report from New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Aurora shooter James Holmes had his "hair painted red" and "said he was The Joker."
ᔥ Death + Taxes
Nikki Finke reports on the potentially devastating effects of the shooting on The Dark Knight Rises' weekend box office.
ᔥ Gawker
Warner Brothers has some editing to do on their Gangster Squad trailer.
ᔥ LATimes
The rifle James Holmes used would have been outlawed under the now-expired Assault Weapons ban.
ᔥ ThinkProgress
Sadly, Nation Knows Exactly How Colorado Shooting’s Aftermath Will Play Out
ᔥ The Onion

CNN: Colorado Shooting Witness Invokes 'The Dark Knight'

Mediaite calls Chris Ramos' appearance on CNN "heartbreaking and inspirational." Gawker goes with the headline, "This Is What Happens When You Try to Force a Poignant Moment On Live TV, CNN." Either way, this is very passionate speech by a traumatized young man. What do you think?

Kim Dotcom Releases Music Video for 'Mr. President'

I'm not sure comparing himself to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the best way to get President Obama on his side, but Kim Dotcom gets an A+ for effort.

CBS NEWS: Mike Bloomberg on Gun Control

Neither President Obama or Mitt Romney mentioned gun control in their statements today about Aurora, Colorado shooting, but Mayor Bloomberg thinks it about time they each clarified their positions.

Gotcha Morning | 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shooting

President Obama and Mitt Romney essentially put their campaigns on hold today out of respect for the victims of the horrific shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises early this morning in Aurora, Colorado.
What was supposed to be a rousing political rally in Fort Myers, Florida turned into a short, solemn speech by the President, ending with a moment of silence and an incongruous chant of "four more years" from the audience.

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Meanwhile, on Good Morning America, ABC News reporter Brian Ross had a little more trouble keeping politics out of this story, mentioning on air that there is a "Jim Holmes" listed on the Aurora Tea Party website. As it turns out, that's not the same "James Holmes" in custody for the shooting. This is not unlike the reaction of some reporters after the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords, who jumped to conclusions that the shooter was somehow connected to the Tea Party (and particularly Sarah Palin).
President Obama chose not bring up gun control in his speech but as always happens after mass shooting like this one, those questions rightly become part of the conversation. Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas already took the opportunity to ask, "It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?" With misguided statements like that floating around, it is the moral obligation of President Obama and the Democrats to ask how James Holmes got his murder weapons in the first place and how government regulation, not citizen vigilantes, can help stop these incidents from happening.