I’m not here to blog about the shooting per se. I’m waiting for one more crucial piece of evidence before doing so. Something that I wish more people and journalists would do. What I am going to blog about is the reaction by the media and others.
First off the media needs to stop comparing this tragedy to Columbine. I don’t see it. The only things that the two tragedies have in common is that a lot of people died and they happened in Colorado. To make that comparison is irresponsible journalism and is just tabloid tactics. Every time a shooting happens in Colorado you don’t have to immediately go and interview the families that were affected by Columbine. I bet some Denver area journalists have them on speed dial.
The second thing I want to talk about are all the people who say that if the citizens of Colorado were allowed to carry concealed firearms that this shooting would have been prevented and I say that’s a load of crap. First off the citizens of Colorado are allowed to carry concealed weapons. All they need to do is pay a fee, pass a background check and take a firearms training course. That does not make a person who qualifies for conceal and carry qualified on what to do in a high pressure situation like that.
James Holmes was equipped with a riot gear helmet and a bulletproof vest. Are you going to try to tell me that a few yahoos with C&C permits would have acted in such a manner that they would have been able to take down Holmes without injuring or killing civilians? In a perfect world maybe but this world is far from perfect.
I’m a firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment even though I don’t choose to own guns myself. The problem with the 2nd Amendment isn’t the Amendment itself but the fact that the people who are its most vocal supporters usually barely have enough education on how to use firearms properly. It’s out there but too many people think they know it all already.
Colorado does have the death but I think they have only executed one person since 1976. I hope that changes for the cowardly scumbag James Holmes.
Here’s a great article on the shooting from one of the few journalists I actually respect, Dave Cullen.
Lastly I think what 9/11 did to airports the Aurora shooting will do to movie theaters.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the victims in this tragedy.