In the aftermath of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado where a lone gunman walked into a packed theater and began shooting moviegoers, most of us realize just how easily it could have been any of us in that theater; at least those who enjoy movie-going. Playing that night was a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises”, a highly anticipated third sequel in a trilogy of the latest Batman series.
There’s still a lot to be learned about the killer and why he chose to go into that theater and kill innocent people. Nothing yet points to mental illness but enough time has not been allowed for a full investigation, so we’ll just wait and see.
I have one speculation about the event and that is why he wore the outfit – the full body armor; did he plan to have a shootout with police? Maybe in the end he chickened out when it came to his own life and gave himself up to the cops instead.
We always end up going back to that same old question; why do people like this James Holmes senselessly and for no clear reason, murder innocent people at random? Probably the answer is different for each one. What is most difficult for me to understands is how any of these men – and they’re always men – cannot have any kind of empathy for their victims.
I’m also waiting for the politics to get into the fray, and believe me they will because they always do. There will be at least one bill that will go nowhere in a “Nowhere” congress, I predict. What we can count on for certain is that if there is any sign of gun control, the NRA will be there blocking any sensible legislation with their powerful influence in Washington.
Haven’t we really made violence part of our culture by allowing guns into it in the first place? This whole idea of guns being protected by our Constitution may have been a great idea when the founding fathers inserted it but our country would have been better off without the widespread availability of guns of all calibers.
Gun laws that do exist are a joke because there’s always easy ways to get around things like background checks when you have gun shows that are open to the public where even someone who has a history of violence and mental illness can purchase a gun.
Though I believe it would have been a very positive outcome for our nation if guns had never been a part of it, we must also accept that as long as criminals have access to guns, then law-abiding citizens should also. That doesn’t mean that someone should be allowed to stockpile weapons as if they were planning for a war.
I realize hunting is one of the main reasons why a lot of people own guns and I have no problem with that but someone doesn’t really need an automatic assault rifle to go deer hunting.
Having a gun for protection I can understand. Maybe if someone in that theater had a gun at the time, the shooter wouldn’t have been able to shoot as many victims as he did. Still, he had extensive body armor on so maybe not. That also might have been the reason why the killer wore the armor, because he realized there was a chance maybe for a plainclothes police officer who was armed being in that theater, or even an armed citizen.
Sensible gun control laws that at least control who can obtain guns should be a no-brainer. Surely there is no one who wants violent mentally ill individuals to have easy access to guns, so why then aren’t gun shows more tightly regulated? The reason is because of the influence of the NRA. It would seem that particular organization would rather see crazed gunmen have access to deadly weapons than allow limitations on their so-valued Second Amendment.
Americans must accept that guns are part of our culture and there is nothing we can do to change that, no matter how much we’d like to. But we Americans should be able to decide for ourselves, without the help of the NRA or any other organization, just what kind of controls we’d like to put on guns in this country.
Most people have no problem with decent law-abiding citizens owning guns for whatever reason; hunting or for protection, but when anyone can walk into a gun show and purchase a very high-powered weapon which is designed for no other purpose but to kill as many people as possible in as little time as possible, that is unacceptable.
Nothing will come of this shooting that will be positive as far as gun control, within our federal government or in Colorado where the shooting took place. This of course will not be the last time something like this will happen but we all know that already, yet we’ll keep going down this road; with the NRA telling us what we can or cannot do.
We can’t prop metal detectors up at every public venue. We also can’t expect all our citizens to have to go back to the days of the Old West where guns are something we must have just to survive.
Guns may be here to stay but if it takes a constitutional amendment to the Second Amendment, then that’s what it will take so that the current U.S. Supreme Court can’t interfere.
Then we need to give the power back to voters to decide what gun controls they want for their communities. Sensible laws to protect our citizens and especially our children is all we ask for, if the NRA would kindly step out of the way.