Friday, July 20, 2012

Miscellaneous: Another Shocking Gun Incident? (July 20, 2012)

Breaking news. July 19, 2012. Colorado gunman kills 12, wounds scores at Batman premiere. Nation shocked.

Nation shocked?

Really? I doubt it. Is this news depressing? Yes. Tragic? Yes. But will the Batman shooting really surprise anyone?

It doesn't surprise me that we've just suffered yet another mass shooting. It won't surprise me when those opposed to our moronic gun laws hope hopelessly yet again that this incident may lend momentum to their cause. It won't surprise me when the gun advocates bridle and moan and say in response that we need more firearms in the hands of more people--more guns so that a prepared and vigilant hero can stop cold the next rogue abuser of guns (remember, it is people that kill, not guns)--by slaying him before he can slay others. But where are these heroes? Where were they last night? They seem as real to me as the superheroes so popular in the movies today. They seem as real to me as Batman.

What's new?

[Update: August 5, 2012. It's been only a little more than a month since I wrote this. In that time, we've had another mass killing--at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, six dead. Shocked?]

[Update: Brookfield, Wisconsin, October 21, 2012. Four dead. No heroes to be found. Shocked?]

[Update: Portland, Oregon, December 11, 2012. Three dead at shopping mall, including shooter armed with automatic weapon. Shocked?]

[Update: Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012. Gunman opens fire at elementary school, killing 20 children and six staff members and himself. Maybe this one really will shock us into some kind of action. It won't have been soon enough.]

[Update: Shooter in Blair, County, Pennsylvania, near Altoona, December 21, 2012, kills three on a rural road. The shooter is killed by state troopers. At least five others wounded. Shocked?]

[Update: Shooter in Webster, New York, December 23, 2012, shoots and kills two firefighters and wounds two others after apparently setting fires to lure his victims in. Shocked?]

[Update: January 20, 2013--Gunman in Albequerque, New Mexico kills five with an AR-15, the same gun used to kill 27 in Newtown, Connecticut. Shocked? Happy New Year.]

And on, and on, and on.....

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