I have read many of the news stories regarding the situation out in Aurora, Colorado with respect to the diabolic actions of James Eagan Holmes while I have been away on vacation.
My thoughts go out to all the victims, their families, and the citizens of Aurora that have been impacted by this senseless tragedy.
This is my one and only blog post about it; it will be pulled to my Facebook page and my Twitter account and then I am not going to comment further on my own post or on other postings.
There is nothing I can really say, other than “you are in my thoughts and the thoughts of my family” that is going to lessen the impact on those directly affected and to continually post and comment on it may be exactly part of what the offending scumbag wanted – more attention and limelight – which I am not going to give him.
It is a shame the courts simply do not do summary judgments and executions in cut and dried situations like this. If they did perhaps, perhaps, it might stem one or two of these events and they might not occur because a few of the potential perpetrators wouldn’t get the end result of attention they were looking for and might decide against that action. (Yes, wishful thinking – I know).
I was never for or against gun control. I figured above and beyond the constitutional rights of it all, the “legal” gun owners were mostly responsible and this was an area where Government would be best served just staying out of it. Let the gun owners have their right to their guns and be “policed” under existing laws (which I felt were enough).
In the wake of this tragedy I find myself wishing that one or two of the friends I have that are gun owners were in the theater for that midnight show. One old friend I believe would have done his best to ensure the safety of his family first (had he been in there with them) and most likely would have tried to stop the carnage if he could after. It would not have been a shot to the knee either even if it was a clearer shot.
People were going to die that night – that was this scumbag’s plan all along. Perhaps, just perhaps, if someone with a concealed carry permit was in the theater and carrying, a few more might have made it out.
I will say one final thing to all that are reading this, here and abroad, don’t let events like this stop you from going outside, mixing in large social environments or tourist areas, enjoying life, and meeting new people. This was totally random and senseless; it could happen in your hometown grocery store or somewhere you’re visiting as you go about your work or vacation travels. The end result is simple, random, chance unfortunately.
If you change the way you live your life wholesale because of situations like this the scumbags win.
Myself and my family, we will not let them win – not in this way. Ever.