Mass Murder is not a Political Opportunity

The Batman Symbol (TM) (Brian Donovan)

Last week, at a midnight showing of Dark Knight Rises (the new Batman movie), a madman named James Holmes brutally opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 58 others. If you haven’t heard the story yet, read it here.

I think one of the best quotes to reflect on is by Eric Golub in his article on Washington Times Communities,

The right thing to do is the one thing that normal Americans know how to do that the chattering classes have not mastered. We need to all be quiet, talk less, and listen more.

We do not have the facts. We do not know the motive. This is not a game. Innocent people are dead for trying to do something as harmless as enjoy a movie.

The best thing anybody without information can do right now is hug a neighbor and call a loved one to remind them of that love.

Unfortunately, Golub is right. Our society has not mastered being quiet. The media have offered speculation after speculation, even incriminating innocent people. When trying to look up the subject’s name on “social media”, ABC News found the wrong James Holmes and broadcast to the world that he was a part of the Tea Party. Unfortunately, that was absolutely and completely incorrect. It is this insistence to be right, this desire to incriminate a “greater cause” for what happened that leads to horrendous mistakes.

Who is at fault for this horrible tragedy? None other than James Holmes. Already, people have considered suing the movie theater, the company that produced the movie, even the university that Holmes worked at in an attempt to blame them for what happened.

Probably the biggest political argument that many have been quick to jump on is that this tragedy somehow indicates the need for more gun control. However, the theater was a “gun-free zone”. Aurora, Colorado already prohibits carrying guns, shooting them within the city, and storing loaded guns in the car. It would be wise to read the words of James Alan Fox from CNN,

Mass killers are determined, deliberate and dead-set on murder. They plan methodically to execute their victims, finding the means no matter what laws or other impediments the state attempts to place in their way. To them, the will to kill cannot be denied.

Fox goes on to explain how more gun control would not have stopped this killing. However, he also argues that less gun control most likely would not have had an effect either. In the chaos of the moment, especially with tear gas, it would be very difficult to mount an effective self-defense.

Either way, we should all do well to remember that the victims in this case are real people, just like us. There are real families grieving, and it is time we stopped using this tragedy to prove a point, as some have done. Instead, please continue to offer your prayers for the families of those affected.

205 responses to “Mass Murder is not a Political Opportunity

  1. Excellently written and thought-provoking. Congrats on getting freshly pressed for this post; it’s well-deserved.

    • Thank you very much! I was very excited to get Freshly Pressed for it. Please pass it around whenever you hear people using the victims as political props. That’s what I’ve been doing on Facebook.

      I appreciate the compliments. Have a great day!

  2. absolutely correct!
    as if adding more laws can prevent someone from murdering.
    the Law cannot change a persons moral, neither can it stop evil.

    Man invent has always invented ways to kill each other and it evolves as the technology evolves too.

    • Sometimes the law can prevent someone from murdering. I am not arguing that the law is useless. Just that, in this case, we should stop focusing on how we can use this to prove our political point. Because I don’t think, either way, we could have prevented this. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed some of my other posts as well!

  3. Excellent post.

    Genesis 4: 8: “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” Scripture doesn’t tell us what Cain killed Abel with–it just says that Cain killed Abel.

    People kill people.

    “Freedom to Bear Arms”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2012/03/freedom-to-bear-arms.html

    “Guns Don’t Kill People; Liberals Kill People”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2011/02/guns-dont-kill-people-liberals-kill.html

    • Read you second article. God article. Bad name. Even worse to stick it here. Please remember that, even though Jesus wielded the sword of the Spirit, he made sure not to break the broken reeds.

    • Thanks for stopping by to all of you – however, the point of this post was not to start a gun control debate. I’m ready and willing to have that debate, but not now. I appreciate the links to your posts though Tim! I’ll be sure to check them out.

    • Agreed. Guns don’t kill people – people kill people. But it’s much easier to for a person to kill another with a gun than his bare hands. Control guns = control killing.

      • I hear a lot of people talking about gun control. Debra, when you say “gun control” what kind of gun control are you talking about? What form should it take?

    • Thanks for the compliments! I appreciate you stopping by – feel free to check out some of my other posts or follow. I promise they’re thought-provoking too. 🙂

  4. I agree. We should learn to be quiet and also to forget the names of the killers and focus on remembering those of the victims instead. At a lunch recently, I was criticized for forgetting the name of a man involved in a Ponzi scheme. I remembered the story, remembered the crimes, the lessons we learned as a nation… but not his name. He isn’t worthy and neither is this guy. We don’t have to make criminals famous to remember history.

    Great post.

    • Great points. I hope we can honor the victims, rather than using them as political props. Thank you for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed my blog!

    • All things are relative – for example – from another perspective (i.e. the other side of the Atlantic), some of America’s Revolutionary heroes – whose names no doubt you can recite – were nothing but criminals – for surely it is a crime to toss someone else’s tea into the harbour (whatever your motives) is it not?

      • Hmm, good point. But that’s a little different than opening fire in a theatre full of innocent people, no? /shrug

        I do see your point about relativity, just not sure it makes me want to remember this guy’s name.

    • The Smile Scavenger: Thank you for pointing out that one thing- “and also to forget the names of the killers and focus on remembering those of the victims instead.” We have come to make famous the worst our nation has to offer. Only recently did I start seeing the names of a few people who actaully SAVED lives that horrible night. James Holmes does not deserve the attention he’s recieved. Consideragain: Thank you for this post. It is making me think about how I wrote my response to the event, and maybe I was too bold (despite my opposition to Holmes’ fame). Check it out, if you have time, for another view?

  5. You hit the nail on the head. So many people are twisting this every which way, trying to make it reflect whatever they want. It’s sick, really, how selfish some people are, taking something that has destroyed countless lives and turning it into just another statistic. Society’s become immoral (on which I have a whole blog post that I won’t share here), and people like this — who turn a human tragedy into a device of manipulation — who serve as proof to that. Just my ramblings. Great post! 🙂

  6. Excellent article. So many people there have had their lives disrupted and need our prayers. Let’s concentrate on that.

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