I can only hope that this time, after yet another tragedy, responsible leaders can guide us to some sort of solution. We've had so many incidents such as Columbine, Virginia Tech, the shooting of Gabby Giffords and now this senseless massacre, but yet we do nothing.
It's still early in the investigation so all we have is speculation, especially since James Holmes has layered up. That doesn't keep those advocating for more gun control from speaking up and likewise, for the calling for more people to buy guns. That's the extent of what we do because Monday morning, no legislator has to be told of the consequences of messing with the NRA.
We shouldn't be surprised that we are hearing the same ol' slogans " guns don't kill people do" and "GUN LAWS HURT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS" blab blah. The 2nd amendment has never been safer, but the gun advocates continue to push for more guns and laws for open- carry. They want everybody to be able to carry their gun at a church service, bar, campus, or even the capitol. I wouldn't be surprised if legislators write a bill to authorize citizens to board airplanes with their guns; after all, the GOP convention committee took up the issue of whether to let the attendees bring their guns. I can remember when it was about seating arrangements and speaking privileges. You give them an inch, and they want a mile.
Remember the incident where the young lady was raped at our Walk & Bike Trail? We had several posters saying that if only she would have armed; that incident could have been prevented. Huh? When you have to start packing just to jog; we have a problem..I don't ever want to use a bike trail where people are packing.
There is a culture out there that thinks the answer is more guns. It doesn't matter that there are more handguns purchased in the United States than any other place in the world. They seem to think that every violent incident could have been prevented or put to a quick stop if more people were armed. That is so preposterous and is not backed up with substantial facts. The police in Aurora, Colorado showed up in 2 minutes or less and took James Holmes alive where he told them that his apartment was booby trapped. If Holmes would have been killed by a citizen, more than likely, police officers would have been killed entering his apartment. Innocent civilians might have been killed opening that booby trapped door. The likelihood of 4 or 5 armed civilians shooting in the direction of James Holmes makes a chaotic situation even worse, in my opinion. The last thing that a professional police officers need is armed amateurs making the situation even worse because of instead of concentrating on one shooter, their attention is drawn to others who have guns. In the Gabby Giffords shooting, an armed civilian almost shot another civilian who picked up the killer's gun.
There's nothing that could have been done to prevent the recent massacre in Aurora, Colorado, but I would like to think that purchasing thousands of rounds of ammunition, toxic gas canisters, a bulletproof vest, and a weapon that was banned before 2004 and would at least warrant a visit by ATF with a search warrant. The young Mr. Holmes deliberately bought all those legal items over a long period of time, not knowing he had no reason to fear of being detected. Come on people get real, are we really that paranoid that we need silencers, automatic assault weapons, extenders, toxic gas containers, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and armor piercing bullets? I laugh in the face of those who say, “it’s to protect us from government tyranny" as if they can take on the Pentagon.
I certainly don't know what made an intelligent young man without a criminal record want to commit mass murder, and I don't think we'll know for sure until a couple of years henceforth. If we can tie it to some sort of mental illness that's common to all those who committed these tragedies; perhaps we should start with funding more clinics to treat future mass murderers. It's not a time to set up costly scanners at all the theaters, but perhaps they can do a simple thing like replace the exit door's locks which can only be opened by theater personnel. I understand the safely issues of that but that doesn't mean it can't be resolved. Several cities due to budget problems have been thinking about letting go some of their first responders; I think they need to rethink the whole situation. It is my opinion that paying a couple of dollars more a year for property taxes is money well spent for a well -trained dedicated police department who services are invaluable in situations such as these. Like all cities, Aurora, Colorado had some budget problems, and they were thinking of letting go some first responders. Don't say it can't happen in Victoria, because all you have to do is go through the Advocate archives to see where a gun was used at our local college campus.
It's time to join those who are mourning for the victims and their families, and not time to make hasty judgments.