Throughout human history, men, without any apparent reason, have done horrible things to their fellow men. Perhaps, the Greeks* attempted to consider the persistence of human evil through their most prominent hero, Heracles, who murdered his own wife and children in a fit of rage.
Diodorus attributes his diabolical deeds to a frenzy the Olympian Hera “sent upon” the hero, contending his saw his own family as his enemies. Who knows what demons lurked in the head of the Colorado shooter that caused him to believe he needed murder moviegoers he had never met.
These people had so looked forward to seeing the Dark Knight Rise only to have their anticipation turn to horror. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We pray for the survival — and speedy recovery — of those now hospitalized.
What this man did is evil pure and simple. He is in custody now. No punishment could be too severe.
*NB: Realized I had left out a key word in the original version of this post, the simple word “Greeks.” I hope some understood that through the context — and apologize for the omission.