On July 20, James Holmes opened fire in a movie theater during a midnight showing of Batman: the Dark Knight Rises, killing at least 12 people and injuring as many as 70 others. The story was (understandably) front page news all day. However, just three days earlier, another mass shooting occurred. Just after midnight on July 17, gunman Nathan Van Wilkins walked into a Tuscaloosa, Alabama bar and shot and wounded 17 people, several of whom are still in critical condition. Earlier that same evening, he had also shot a man at an apartment complex. This story didn't receive a fraction of the attention as the movie theater shooting. Why is it that one mass shooting is given so much attention in the media than another? Are mass shootings becoming so commonplace that they don't all catch or hold our attention? If so, that's a very sad, sobering thought.
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