The East Coast awakened to the news overnight of at least 12 deaths and 50 woundings in Aurora, Colorado as a 24-year-old madman opened fire during the midnight showing of The Dark Knight movie.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene, telling television reporters that they were overcome by noxious gas unleashed by the suspect just before he started shooting, and that they had to decide between staying on the ground, helping wounded victims or running away before the gunman was able to reload his weapon. Survivors said they were forced to run past bodies in the aisles and theater.
The gunman was armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, police said. Cellphone videos show panicked moviegoers running — some screaming — and others with blood visible.
We’ve written about so many of these mass killings by lone shooters since the debut of the Boles Blogs Network in 2005 that I feel as if we aren’t really covering the news any longer — it’s the same, old, deathly, refrain of shooting-to-kill — and we know it will never end.
Batman isn’t to blame. Violence on TV isn’t to blame. The blame squarely belongs on the easy ability to buy and own firearms in America. Easy access to guns creates a simple way to kill many people. We need to stop the massacres by removing the means to the deaths.
If we ever hope to evolve as a nation beyond early graves and growing graveyards, we must create a comprehensible method for removing as many guns as possible from the streets and from the home. We do not have any sort of individual right to bear arms — despite what an Activist Right Wing Supreme Court pretends to believe. People own guns because they are scared. A gun protects you from nothing — especially not other guns.
We need to find a way to reassure the safety and security of our populace by removing the rifles and bullets and handguns from every person so we may begin to bring some sanity back to a nation that has been in love with the gun since its inception and we have been at war, without fail, ever since.