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. Everything in life is political. If you have thoughts about how things are and how they should be, then you have some kind of political stance. Life is politics – politics is life. Unless you live in the woods, you have to have some kind of philosophy about how to either get along with your neighbors, or else figure out ways to manipulate and dominate them. Anyway, that being said, I hope this interesting article from an undeniably Leftist source can be entered into the discussion:

    http://theredphoenixapl.org/2012/04/28/are-guns-the-problem/

      • True. Politicians will use this tragedy to try and score points with voters. I don’t watch the news, but I’m sure the Democrats wasted no time going on the offensive. It’s the same tired old debate.

        By the way, no one will ever get me to believe that any of these politicians, Democrat or Republican really cares about us common folk.

        • Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I have met some very amazing politicians who are fighting against the stereotype. But you’re right, there are many who do not.

  2. I believe I said this was done awhile ago. Guys, give it up, please.

    John, I really do appreciate your thoughts and you coming by. However, I am completely aware that I could disable anonymous posters. I am also completely confident that I do not want to do that. Many of my personal friends and family members wish to comment on my posts without creating an account, and I intend to continue allowing them that privilege.

    Both of you, I appreciate your thoughts. But if you’re going to fight again, I will delete it. Please continue reading my other posts and leaving comments – I am truly very glad you both stopped by!

  3. Also, I am a wordpress member; I am just enjoying my conversations like this today. Cheers.

  4. I think it’s disgusting for people to place the blame on anyone but the shooter. To blame the theater, the movie company, etc. is simply irresponsible and shameful. It’s the same as blaming movies/video games for violent behavior. There is no one to blame but the person who committed the crime.

    My heart goes out to the victims of the shooting. I am also proud for the people who are stepping up to help even though they didn’t have to. I was so impressed that President Obama went to visit the families, as did Christian Bale. Christopher Nolan made a statement showing his thoughts were with the families, as were the cast and crew’s. They really didn’t have to do this, even if you take out any ulterior motives they might have, it wasn’t necessary, and they did it anyway. I think that was really great and is a light in the darkness with all the negative things that have come out of this tragedy.

    • Agreed, I do believe it is a light in the darkness. I appreciate your thoughts – thank you for stopping by Consider Again! I hope you return!

  5. On CNN this morning, 7/27/20012, the anchorwoman asked “Where was God at Aurora?” She looked snide when she asked this question just before going to commercial. I changed the channel.

    We know one thing. Just as God was not in the heart of Cain (the first murderer on earth) when he killed his brother, Abel, He was not in the heart of Mr. Holmes. God was not in the heart of the 9/11 murderers, either. When a person truly has God in his heart, he will not do such things. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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  6. A well written and well thought out blog post, keep fighting the good fight. I agree, people should talk less and listen more.

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