Observations on the Aurora, Colorado, Shooting
by Laurence M. Vance: Abortion,
Religion, and the Presidency
By now the
whole world has heard of the horrific shooting last month in the
Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, at the Century 16 Theater during
the showing of the new Batman movie.
been, and will continue to be, many observations made about the
shooting, the shooter, guns, and gun control laws. Not in any particular
order, here are mine.
have always believed in gun prohibition. They can openly talk about
it now because of the shooting, just like they could openly talk
about it after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others that we never
hear about any more were shot in Tucson, Arizona, and after the
shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School. But make no
mistake; there are many members of Congress who would like to limit
gun ownership to the military and the police. It is just not politically
expedient for them to try to bring about until they are able to
exploit a tragedy like the shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
2. You never
know when your number is up. One day it is a headache; the next
day it is an inoperable brain tumor with six months to live. One
minute it is a trip to the movies; the next minute it is bullets
flying. We should be prepared for the inevitable, spiritually and
3. The suspect
in the shooting, James Holmes, purchased all of his guns and ammunition
legally, including passing a background check.
4. Guns didn’t
kill those twelve people at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado,
the alleged shooter did.
5. When guns
are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Old, trite, and overused
– but still true. No one who is willing to commit murder cares a
whit about obeying gun control laws. The federal government making
something illegal doesn’t mean that suddenly no one has access to
it. How many thousands or million of Americans smoked pot last year?
6. The suspect
will have a trial. As he should. Just like Timothy McVeigh, Charles
Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Adolf Eichmann, and the
Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg had a trial. Unlike those – including
Americans – that are targeted for extra-judicial murder by President
7. The insanity
defense is insane. The suspect in the shooting doesn’t need to have
a psychiatric evaluation. He doesn’t need to be locked away in a
mental hospital for the rest of his life to be studied and treated.
He was mentally competent to purchase his Smith & Wesson M&P15
.223 semi-automatic rifle, his 12-gauge Remington 870 pump-action
shotgun, and his Glock .40-caliber handgun. He was mentally competent
to purchase his ammunition. He was mentally competent to plan his
assault at the midnight Batman movie premier.
would be better off if the suspect killed himself like Columbine
high school students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold did after their
9. There was
no security at the Century 16 Theater in the Aurora, Colorado. The
Cinemark theater in Aurora, like its other theaters, prohibits guns
in the theater. And the theater complex didn’t have any uniformed
security guards on duty the night of the shooting.
10. The war
on drugs is targeting the wrong drugs. If James Holmes had been
using marijuana and cocaine instead of being medicated by a psychiatrist,
he probably wouldn’t have committed the despicable deed he is alleged
to have committed.
11. The culture
of violence that we hear so much about after shootings like the
one that just occurred in Colorado is exacerbated by the government’s
endless military interventions and glorification of the military.
12. There is
a double standard in America when it comes to murderers. I don’t
know if there are theaters in Afghanistan, but if U.S. soldiers
enter a building in Afghanistan and kill twelve and wound fifty-eight
– like James Holmes allegedly did in Colorado – they are lauded
13. The chances
of an American being killed by another American on American soil
– by a gun, a knife, a car, or in a fight – are much greater than
the chances of being killed by a terrorist. So why are U.S. troops
in Afghanistan instead of in American movie theaters?
14. The federal
government can do whatever
it wants when it comes to gun control. Not because it should
do something, and not because it has the authority under the Constitution
to do anything, but because it has the raw power and the guns to
do whatever it wants. The federal government is infinitely more
dangerous than a deranged man with a gun.
Amendment or no
Second Amendment, the federal government has no authority to
regulate or ban guns of any kind.
16. Many conservatives
– including those in the NRA – don’t believe the Second Amendment
actually means what it says and says what it means.
There are many
unanswered questions about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and
especially regarding the shooter. Most of these observations will
remain unchanged no matter what else comes to light.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
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