An American tragedy

I tried to remember where the chain of tragedies started—but I guess the better, and more important question, is where it will end.

It’s become a uniquely American ritual;  a nation riveted to the TV in communal shock and horror as details emerge about the shooters and the victims.

I watched most of the day, unable to tear myself away from coverage about the  shooting, or keep it out of my mind.

We immerse ourselves in the grieving of yet another community that is suffering, as the name Aurora is added to the infamous list of senseless loss.

I’m not a constitutional scholar but it’s hard to believe this is what our nation’s founders intended when they wrote the Bill of Rights—-that citizens should have the freedom to buy enough firepower and ammunition to decimate dozens of lives in minutes.

Considering the problems and the rage raging in the country today, sometimes I actually think the most surprising part is that it doesn’t happen even more often than it already does.

Maybe the most awful part of these events is how immune we’ve become.

What’s become as much a part of the ritual as the rest is the fact that it will fade–from our screens and our consciousness.

I guess that’s just resilience, or reality—but you can count on it.   And so can the NRA.

The images, the stories, the outrage, the fears,  the calls for gun control —will all disappear.   Until the next time.

And does anyone doubt there will be a next time?

That’s the biggest tragedy of all.

 

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  1. Unbelievable… and to think Columbine is 20 miles away is scary too. Why why why can people have guns?!
    Always in my thoughts and heart Darryle
    E.

    • As scary and bizarre as it seems to us here, I can imagine in Italy and other countries our gun laws must seem completely insane. They are to most people I know here, too. Thanks, Eleonora–you’re in my thoughts and heart, too. xxxoo

  2. It is a shame and a terrible tragedy. Although I find the gun issue a double edged sword. People will find a way to get guns no matter what laws you put in place. The criminals will find ways to get them. Then that leaves us law abiding people with no way to defend ourselves, and many more people would die. I just don’t get why people like him think it’s ok to kill innocent people that don’t deserve to be killed or injured. Why couldn’t he have just killed himself? I’m sure he wasn’t brought up that way (or maybe he was – we don’t know much about his family). My thought is that it’s too bad that someone in the theater wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon and stopped that maniac before he killed and injured all of those people.

    If this guy was wronged somewhere along the way he should have found a way to confront it or work it through. He was a very smart individual by all accounts. Now his 15 minutes of fame has affected many people. And wonderful, innocent people are no longer with the people they loved.

    • Thanks so much, Kat, for commenting. It really is so senseless—but I think our gun laws are senseless too. I’ve heard other people say if only someone in the theater had a gun—I get the logic but I also don’t think we should all have to carry guns to defend ourselves. Yes it’s a real problem that the “bad” guys will get them no matter what the laws are; and also a problem that this guy didn’t get help and no one seemed to realize his state of mind. I wish I had a solution but I think we have to start somewhere when we’ve reached where we are and anyone can get this amount of firepower legally. Thanks again.

  3. The real weapon is the human mind. Guns are such inanimate objects made of metal. I have no solutinos just questions… Nancy Mehegan, Vaboomer blog

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