Another Senseless Tragedy in Colorado — Who’s To Blame?

Last night, I considered going to the theater in Moline, Illinois, to see “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” on the big screen before the midnight premiere of  ‘The Dark Knight Rises”, the final Batman movie in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but I had too many things to do at home.

I was looking forward to checking out the midnight box office results of the movie that will likely be the biggest blockbuster this summer.  What I wasn’t prepared for today were the headlines:  “Gunman kills 12 at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screening in Colorado”, “Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater”, “Colorado shooting at ‘Dark Knight’ opening leaves 12 dead”, and the list goes on.

The alleged gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes, is reported to have entered an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater at the midnight showing of  “The Dark Knight Rises” with tear gas and opened fire with guns killing 12 people and injuring 59 others, including a three-month-old baby.

As you may or may not know, Aurora, is a suburb of Denver and is located just 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado, the scene of 1999’s Columbine High School massacre that left 15 dead and 21 hurt.

This is a very sad situation and I feel for all of the families of those killed, those that were injured, and for the people who luckily left the theater just scared and shaken.

Sadly, this event will have some people blaming movies, television, or music for corrupting the minds of kids that grow up to commit senseless and shocking crimes like this, Columbine, or the Tucson tragedy that I blogged about just 10 days ago:

GUNS DON’T KILL, PEOPLE DO

It’s been 18 months (January 2011) since the shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, that lasted 15 seconds with 31 fired bullets and left six people dead and 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injured.  Those killed were  Christina Green (age 9); Gabe Zimmerman (30); John Roll (63); Dorothy Morris (76); Dorwan Stoddard (76); and Phyllis Schneck (79).

I support people being able to own guns to protect themselves.  However, no one, except for the military or law enforcement, should have access to weapons like the Glock used in that Tucson tragedy that can fire so many bullets.  With this shooting and similar ones at Virginia Tech (33 dead and 23 injured) and Columbine (15 dead and 21 injured), what more do I need to say?

What about hunters?  They need guns to hunt.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg summed it up with this, “Guns kill people.  I’m not opposed to the Second Amendment.  I’m not opposed to hunters.  I don’t understand why we have to sell magazines with 33 bullets.  If it takes you 33 bullets to kill a deer, you’re not a sportsman.  And armor-piercing bullets — the last time I saw a deer with a bulletproof vest was a long time ago.”

Would the forefathers that wrote the amendments to the Constitution have the same logic about the right to bear arms today and offer the same freedoms?”

That was from my blog on July 10th:  https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/im-thinking-about-these-things-today-and-you-may-agree-or-disagree/

What we need to do now is pray for those in Colorado and not blame the violence in the Batman movies or any other movie, for that matter, for what transpired last night.

We need to watch others closely and be more proactive when we see people who may be struggling with life and make others aware of our concerns.  These people are not content with just hurting themselves, they want to hurt others.   There are usually signs that someone may be unbalanced and now it’s too late for the 12 people who were killed in Aurora, Colorado.

Anthony

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