Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti plans to go forward with 'The Dark Knight Rises' campaign fundraiser, despite shooting

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Why let a national tragedy get in the way of a campaign fundraiser?

That appears to be the logic of Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti, who plans to go forward with a movie night fundraiser on Monday at which donors will watch ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’

In case you have been living under a rock the past four days, a gunman opened fire at a sold-out movie theater in Aurora, Colorado which was showing the new Batman movie. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured, many of them seriously.

Lamberti expressed his condolences and said that “to create some good out of what is a tragic situation,” he’d donate an unspecified portion of the proceeds from his movie night to support the affected families. The campaign will also collect donations specifically for the families of the victims.

Sorry, but that’s not good enough.

You’ll find no bigger Batman fanboy than me, but even I wouldn’t attend a political fundraiser attached to ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’  Cancelling this event is just a no-brainer.

Anthony Man of the Sun-Sentinel reports that the event has long been in the works. So its almost understandable that the campaign is hesitant to cancel the fundraiser. But there is no planning for a madman. And, fundraiser or not, that madman has changed the mood of the country, if but for a moment. Undoubtedly, some will be uncomfortable attending an event so closely attached to death and tragedy. For his guests’ sake, if nothing else, Lamberti should cancel this event.

But Lamberti should cancel this event for the more important reasons. For the same reasons the campaigns of President Obama and Mitt Romney wemt dark on Friday. For the same reasons movie studios did not release their box office numbers over the weekend.

Those reasons are the 12 people dead and the 58 injured.

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