My sweetie and I woke up early yesterday to go see Christopher Nolan’s newest (and last) installment in his Dark Knight Trilogy. Our excitement was tempered by the news of the horrible shootings in Colorado. Some 25-year-old punk who thinks he’s the Joker walked into a movie theatre heavily armed, and started shooting. He left 12 people dead and nearly 60 wounded. He was apprehended and arrested.
Every time something like this happens people are shocked and want explanations. Why did he do it? What would make a 25-year-old person do something like that? For me the reasons don’t really matter. What matters most is making sure it doesn’t happen again. Maybe some better questions are these: How did one man manage to get such a huge array of automatic weapons? Why do we as Americans think we not only have the right to carry automatic weapons, but have the right to use them when we feel like it?
It’s a sad state if affairs when you can’t even be safe going to the movies. I’d say this was an isolated incident, but it just isn’t. This keeps happening. The federal assalt weapons ban expired in 2004. I can’t see any good reason for average Joe P. American to have an assalt riffle. When the founding fathers came up with the good old Second Amendment I don’t think automatic weapons were exactly what they had in mind.
It’s up to us to make sure things like this don’t happen anymore. Sure, we can’t keep folks from being crazy, but we can stop them from carrying loaded weapons around, and we can keep them from getting their crazy little hands on them in the first place. President Obama says this is a time for prayer, and not politics – and he is right up to a point. We should greive and pray (if that’s your thing) but we should also not forget HOW we managed to let this happen. It’s time that we stop letting the NRA bully us into become mass murders. Let’s focus our attention on the NRA, it’s supporters, and on congresses failure to keep us safe. I don’t believe that Americans are more murderous than other nations. I believe that we have easier access to guns and that is the major problem.
Batman doesn’t believe in the use of guns. That’s good enough for me.