This isn’t an easy post to write.
Everyone has differing opinions on Gun Control. Everyone has their opinion about why the Aurora shootings went down. I’m not here to try to sway anyone or even to say my opinion on these issues is right. I just want to talk about it a little bit, mostly because I think a little bit better when I write things out.
James Holmes walked into a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises after purchasing a ticket at Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo. He then went out an emergency exit, propped the door open, got his weapons, and re-entered the theater. After throwing two canisters of some kind of smoke emitting substance, he began to fire into the crowd. He would go on to kill at least 12 people and wound 58.
It’s significant to point out that most of those wounded were hit by bullets, while only some were injured while escaping through the chaos.
But, I’ve also heard things like, “If I had been there with my concealed gun, I would’ve been able to stop the guy.”
Right. You would’ve been able to stop the guy who surprised you with explosives and was already shooting an automatic weapon at you while people are screaming, the lighting is dim, smoke is everywhere, the movie is still playing loudly, your adrenaline is up, etc. etc. etc. You’re gonna be able to pop the guy in the gas mask with all that going on? And did you take into consideration that he was wearing body armor?
Give me a break, Internet Tough Guy.
I’ve also seen people advocating that we should take guns away.
That’s not going to work, either.
Let’s face it, if I want narcotics, I can get them. If I want pirated movies or music, I can get them. People get stuff that is illegal all the time. Guns would be no different.
Honestly, in this type of situation, the best thing probably happened. The shooter stopped shooting and gave himself up to police. He didn’t stalk the theater, making sure that everyone was put down. He didn’t go into any other theaters. He didn’t get into a gun fight with police.
Not that these facts negate the tragedy. People died.
John Donne once said,
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.
It’s tragic that people were murdered or hurt during a piece of entertainment. It’s sad that people are afraid to go to movies because of the possibility of copycat killers.
What a strange time we are living in.
I wrote earlier that I didn’t think Holmes was or is crazy. I think the amount of planning he put in proves that. He booby-trapped his apartment with explosives, and he had loud music playing when the shooting was going on… so people would think he was home.
And most telling is that he isn’t talking to police. He immediately “lawyered up.”
Maybe we need to start realizing that (in the words of Alfred from The Dark Knight), “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
I’m interested to see if Holmes gives any reasons for what he did. He appeared in court while I was writing this, and he looked… medicated. Passive. Like he wasn’t actually there. I have to wonder if it’s a tactic or if the guy is really off his rocker.
So, what do you think? Is he evil? Is he crazy? Are guns the real villain? Are guns the real heroes?
Let me know.