HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Different scene, different player, but the carnage and grief left behind are pretty much the same. The recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado, has revived ad nauseam the whole ‘why did he do such a thing’ and trying to figure out the mindset of a mass murderer. The media is like some blabbermouth talking nonstop about this cold-blooded killer, repeating the same things over and over. If nothing else, past lessons have taught us that the so-called Batman Massacre, starring one James Holmes, will soon have its final curtain call and end up in the trash can of our memory like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and other bygone mass shootings.
In the meantime nothing changes. In fact, a recent article in ‘The Denver Post’ indicated background checks — the first step toward the purchase of a gun in Colorado — jumped 43% in the aftermath of the shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Aurora’s Century 16 theater during the midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises.
The article mentions the similarity to Arizona following the January 2011 mass shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and 12 injured, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. According to FBI data, handgun sales in Arizona on the Monday after the weekend shooting jumped 60% over the same day the previous year. Nothing changed. There was nothing learned from Virginia Tech, at least nothing to keep folks from dashing out to exercise their second amendment right.
Those who fail to learn from the past, according to an old saying, are doomed to repeat it. This is like talking to the hand for those convinced owning and carrying a firearm will make them safer. Way too many commenters, in spite of all the smoke and chaos, the late hour, the possibility of getting shot or ending up living with accidentally shooting someone, insist if others in the hell hole that was Theater 9 had met deadly force with deadly force, the shooter would have been quickly and efficiently taken out. End of story.
SECOND AMENDMENT OVERHAUL vs O.K. CORRAL STYLE SHOOTOUTS
This brings me to the Second Amendment, ratified over two centuries ago. Back when there were no automatic weapons and loading and unloading a firearm took a minute. Today, as in the case of James Holmes, a single individual can exterminate a room filled with human beings easily as spraying flies. Also as evidenced by firearm deaths in our inner cities, the stuff that don’t get much traction in mainstream media, more guns have not made us any safer. Get real folks. The Second Amendment is due a much needed overhaul.
In the end time wasted asking why killers like James Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, Seung-Hui Cho, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, etc., committed such heinous acts, will be just that. Time wasted. Though it’s highly doubtful any politician of merit is going to commit political suicide taking on the serious business of overhauling the Second Amendment. Besides evildoers intent upon killing on a mass scale will find a way. Hopefully OK Corral style shootouts won’t be our only option.
The very thought of an all out gun battle conjures images of Moses, oops, I mean Charleston Hester uttering, “From my cold, dead hands!” Taking on the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and those who view the right to bear arms as an extension of our freedom is just too scary a prospect. So James Holmes, the Batman Massacre or whatever will fade into the night of our consciousness until the curtain rises again along with the same, tired old questions and no real attempt to overhaul our over 200-year-old Second Amendment.