I never intended to cover this story with an article, purely out of respect for those injured and killed in Colorado; but I feel certain words need to be said and heard. If you haven't heard about it - and I'll be rather surprised if you hadn't -, around seventy people were shot at a midnight screening of the Dark Knight's rising and twelve people were murdered on top of this number; the youngest being only six years old. This is nothing less of a tragedy and yes, I shouldn't have to state the obvious but I'm going to anywho. Now, the reason for the attack is rather unclear but - once more - if you pay attention to certain news stations or public figures, the reasoning for it was rather different.
If we ignore those talking points for a moment, there's also this group that are arguing that these points are simply taking focus away from the one person who should be focused upon. The shooter. That no one else is truly as guilty or to blame as the man who pulled the trigger. This I disagree with and I disagree with it purely because you're not looking at the overall picture. If you focus on why there's crime in an area, you look at their reasoning. Perhaps education is poor, poverty is a major factor or maybe they're just crazy. We could focus on the attacker, the shooter and treat it as an isolated indecent. We could ignore all the shooters before this point and continue along blind to the actual problem.
Allow me a moment to create a metaphor for example. If you're full of poison to the extent that you're leg is needing removed whilst there's still poison elsewhere; you're not treating the problem. You're treating the after cause and sooner or later, another piece is going to be chopped off and removed. We don't know what caused this man to go bonkers, to go crazy and become a domestic terrorist; but we do know one thing. Bullets kill people.
I'm just going to put myself out there - and feel free to tell me why I'm wrong in a civil manner - and suggest perhaps they're right. Not enough regulations. Returning to the first point, that someone else should have had a weapon to stop him. Really? More flying bullets would have made things safer? Ignoring the fact that he was wearing body armour and the likes; that has to be one of the dumbest things I've yet to hear. Of course people should have the right to defend themselves, I've two swords for Christ sake. If someone were to break into my house, my obvious choice is plain to anyone's eye.
But the fact of the matter is.
If you defend the right to bare arms in public, to own semi-automatic weapons. You're caring more about the rights of the shooters, the attackers. The vile creatures that take the choice to murder and harm others; than you care about the risk to which others are exposed too. Again, if I'm wrong do write in and tell me why that is. Of course, one could suggest criminals don't obey the laws and that they would get a hold of weapons anyway possible. To which I point out those who have committed these shootings, these killing sprees. They are not hardened criminals with criminal records. For god sake, the most they could rap on the suspect is a car ticket.
With that said however, my thoughts go straight back towards the victims' and families of victims. No one should need to go through this, no one deserves to go through this. It was but a thoughtless, sick and acid-like attack. If I were praying a man, my thoughts and prayers would go directly to them in their time of need and mourning.
In the end though.
If we don't look for solutions, for ways to avoid such awful situations.
You're going to be praying for many a person who lost their life in a senseless way.
Again, if you think I'm wrong or right.
Leave me a comment.
If you believe it to be more complex, that gun regulations wouldn't solve the problem.
Leave me a comment.
If you believe me to be a bleeding heart socialistic liberal commie.
Leave me a comment, but minus the swearing.
We all don't learn if I'm the only one writing folks, I want to hear what each of you has to say.
And with that there's just this left to say: