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Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker.

What an appropriate decision and a classy move.

As you probably recall, in 2012, a gunman opened fire in a theater that was showing the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 70. That theater will NOT be playing “Joker” when it opens next weekend. A decision that I think is quite wise.

Meanwhile, family members of some of the victims sent a letter to Warner Brothers, asking them to donate to groups that aid victims of gun violence.

A family member who’s daughter was killed in the 2012 shooting thinks the new movie is a slap in the face and could inspire future mass shooters.

Warner Brothers issued a statement confirming its commitment to ending the epidemic of gun violence but said, “[We believe] that one of the functions of storytelling is to provoke difficult conversations around complex issues.”

There are probably tons of people who are dying to see this movie who has been a fan of the Batman series for a long time and they should have the right to see it, but it wouldn’t feel right to show such a similar movie in the theater where that tragic incident took place.

What are your thoughts? Do violent movies provoke mass shooters?