Not that I’m in any position to comment on the savage events that happened yesterday in Aurora, Colorado during the late night screening of the new Batman film, but it’s all over the news and it deserves a moment’s thought. It is awful, and I feel nothing but sympathy for the victims and their families; in a way I guess I also feel sympathy for the family of the shooter. None of their lives will ever be the same again
I doubt the irony of such an occurrence at the screening of a film about a man who dedicates his life to fighting such criminal atrocities will be lost on many. I love comics and superheroes as much as anyone, but it’s a brutal slap in the face from reality – perhaps we need a few more real heroes in the world, ones who perhaps don’t resolve violent atrocities through violence, but work at it patiently and peacefully, through empathy, education and love.
It would be interesting to hear from those in the States who have any opinions on gun ownership and usage. I guess it’s a pretty divisive issue, enshrined in the 2nd Amendment, and part of the fabric of the country, it has had a large hand in shaping the U.S. as it is today. I don’t have much of a grasp on the pro and anti-gun advocates’ arguments, so I wouldn’t presume comment on the right to own a gun, but two observations I would invite opinion on:
– Surely guns and bullets are designed with one purpose in mind – to kill efficiently?
– Is there not a difference between being able to own a small handgun to keep in the house for self defence, and possessing a military assault rifle, with 30 round clips?
Anyway, to ensure a bit of perspective amidst it all, I guess it’s worth bearing this in mind.