If possible, we need to keep the Colorado shooting in perspective. It happened on a Friday, which triggered extensive coverage on all the news channels, all weekend. The incident was horrible and shocking. But how much is that shock and horror magnified … even distorted and encouraged … by our modern news cycle?
This happens in the United States occasionally. Our laws and their enforcement seem to do very little to keep military-type firearms and untold ammunition out of the hands of the nut cases. Some speculate that the only answer is to put more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens for situations such as the one in the crowded movie theater.
But would that have really helped? We can only speculate.
Why didn’t someone realize the alleged shooter might be having some problems before the shooting?
In the aftermath, there is the usual attempt to figure out why this happened … and what we might do as a society to prevent it from happening again.
Not much, I’m afraid.
Our thought for today is from Marilyn Manson:
“Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.”