I can already hear the rhetoric that will soon come forth from gun advocates; that if everyone was packing heat last night inside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado while watching a midnight screening of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” then alleged gunman James Holmes would have been shot dead before he had a chance to kill twelve innocent people and wound another fifty-nine.
However, I find two faults with this argument; one, if everyone pulled out a gun and started firing away, how would you know who was the psychopath who started shooting in the first place and who was another bystander attempting to take him down? It seems to me that this scenario would result into some sort of Wild West shootout, especially when you consider the alleged shooter first set off some sort of smoke grenade and/or noxious gas. It has been reported that Holmes was wearing ballistic-proof body armor head to toe, so shooting him most likely would have done little good, unless you were armed with a very powerful handgun. My second thought is, if America had stricter gun control laws, the shooter most likely would not have had an assault rifle loaded with a high-capacity magazine in which he was able to shoot so many people, along with a single-barrel shotgun and a .40 caliber pistol.
America’s fascination with firearms has turned it into the most violent nation on Earth. We are arguably the most violent nation in our planet’s history. We have violence in our television shows, in our music, in our schools, in our workplace, in our shopping malls and throughout every aspect of our everyday lives. I am a news junkie; however, I stopped watching local news many years ago. With their “if it bleeds it leads” mentality, I grew sick and tired of seeing so much senseless violence and destruction of lives every single night that occur in my hometown and state. There is no excuse for any person to own a military assault weapon, yet our politicians cower in fear of the reprisal from the National Rifle Association dare they have the audacity to speak up for sensible gun laws.
When you consider that we seem to be perpetually at war throughout the world, we as a nation are a very violent people. Not only do we spend more money on our military than the rest of the world combined, but we are also the world’s leading arms dealer, arming not only our friends but our enemies as well, all in the name of the almighty dollar. Violence is United States’ middle name!
Steven H. Spring