James Holmes sits in a courtroom with a dazed expression on his face. Eyes look down, his face is silent, his lips reveal nothing. He sits and stares into the oblivion of his life. Perhaps, Holmes is a master psychologist who has figured out a way to escape death by pretending lack of knowledge regarding what he did. Several days ago his body exploded in anger as he sprayed bullets of death around the movie theater. Today, energy has drained from his body, and the thought of having a weapon in his land simply does not dwell in his mind.
What does society do with such a murderer? Do we sentence him to death? If so, will they prevent future such murderous outbreaks of anger? Will his death make gentle the hearts of humanity knowing that we killed a “bad man?” Do we want to enter into his mind and discover what led this ordinary man into becoming a killer? The pain of those whose loved ones died in a senseless outbreak of hate may demand justice.
The issue is what constitutes “justice” in the aftermath of such violence? I suspect the most important outcome of justice is greater knowledge and understanding as to what transforms the ordinary person into a mass killer?