Notwithstanding a steady stream of positive press calling 'The Dark Knight Rises' the most pro-law enforcement, conservative film made this year (and in some cases, ever made), a disturbing trend looks like it may be developing surrounding the film's viewers. Along with the by-this-point infamous Aurora, Colorado shooter James Holmes, now another story has emerged from Bangor, Maine, showing that yet another mentally unstable man entered a theater showing the popular film while he carried a concealed weapon.
Mercifully, no shooting occurred in this case. Indeed, the man was apprehended on his way to killing his true intended target, his former employer, and there is no evidence that the man involved wanted to shoot anyone in the theater, notwithstanding the gun he brought in with him. Nevertheless, the story is disturbing. From the Bangor Daily News:
Timothy Courtois, 49, was arrested in York about 10 a.m. Sunday after state police Trooper Phillip Alexander clocked Courtois’ Ford Mustang traveling at 112 mph on the Maine Turnpike. Other motorists had called police to report the vehicle was speeding southbound on the turnpike with its hazard lights flashing.
Inside the car, police found an AK-47 assault rifle, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition, McCausland said Monday afternoon.
Also in Courtois’ car, police found newspaper clippings about the mass shooting Friday during a showing of the same Batman movie at a Colorado movie theater, according to McCausland.
Courtois told police he had attended the Batman movie at the Cinemagic Theater in Saco on Saturday night with a loaded gun in his backpack and that he was on his way Sunday to Derry, N.H., where he planned to shoot a former employer, McCausland said.
“He didn’t speak to any intent to harm people [at the theater], but I’m sure a lot of this is going to continue to come out” as agencies including the state police, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue their investigations, Maine State Police Lt. Kevin Donovan said Monday.
“We don’t know what his true intentions were” when he brought the gun to the theater, and investigators are trying to determine his reasons for doing so and for having a large collection of firearms, McCausland said.
Courtois is now behind bars on $50,000 cash bail, and even in the event that he makes bail, police have banned him from possessing alcohol, drugs, or dangerous weapons while the investigation and trial are under way. Still, even with this would-be murderer neutralized, the story raises multiple awkward questions, especially considering the film's message runs completely counter to this kind of behavior. Perhaps Mr. Courtois walked out after one of Bane's speeches?
Hopefully, this and other questions will be answered with more information from the media before this story vanishes off the map.