Unless you live under a rock I don’t believe there isn’t anyone who has not heard about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. This event was so devastating and shocking because the young man who did this was not what many would have stereotypically expected him to be. A grad student ready to work on a Phd in neuroscience. All too often we forget that the nice young man or woman next door who always did good in school could very well be just like this young man.
As I drove in my truck to work and listened to the tape that was played by a local radio station I could feel myself choking up and crying at the pure sickness someone would have to have inside of them to do this.As I listened to the cry's and calls for help I was sickened by the picture it put in my head. My own daughter had been to the midnight showing that night here in New Jersey. All too easily it could have been here in New Jersey, or anywhere for that matter. I felt relieved that it wasn’t a horror I would have to face myself as a parent. My heart and prayers go out to the families who were affected by this unnecessary tragedy.
As I continued to listen to the broadcast by 101.5 and heard what many callers had to say about these events I have to say. It always blows me away when I hear just what people want to focus on. One caller felt there needed to be better gun control, and felt that he had an arsenal of weapons and why should he be allowed to buy so many guns. “No what he had was not an arsenal.”
I do take exception to that ignorant mindset that weapons are the problem. It isn’t the weapons that are the problem its the people using them that are. There are many many individuals in this country who collect guns both antique and new. Never ever would they even think of doing something so twisted. To penalize the many for the actions of the few is just plain wrong and ignorant. Its a move that has not worked in the past and frankly I would rather not give up the right to own a firearm if I so chose.
In this country what so many of us fail to understand is the majority of people who live here don't want to live in a protected bubble where we give up all of our rights one at a time. Yes bad things sometimes happen but that is as much a part of life as the good things that happen.
So is it the movie industries fault, NO is it the gun manufacturers fault, NO. James Holmes is very smart and methodical man, who chose to open fire on a theatre of innocent moviegoers. Is it his responsibility? YES ABSOLUTELY.
Maybe what really needs to change is how we handle our criminals and how they are punished for their crimes. Instead of sending them to a facility where they get 3 square meals a day, clothing, tv, free medical care, and the opportunity to go to school for free at a obscene cost to the American public, maybe that needs to change into a real punishment. Drop him in a pit of wild pigs it may be barbaric but it would probably stop others from ever doing the same thing.