Our guest blogger is Jerry Thompson, retired architect and a fine watercolor artist. He’s commented frequently on this blog. It’s a pleasure to have him fill in while I’m entertaining family visitors. He has these thoughts about the tragedy:
2. A few evil people
3. A few depressed people
4. A few bullied students in our schools
5. A few financially desperate people
6. A few soldiers arriving home from recent wars with PTSD and experience with weapons
7. Easy access to drugs and alcohol
8. Easy access to military-type assault weapons and ammunition
9. Easy access to explosive materials and instructions for bomb-making over the internet
10. Easy access to extremely violent entertainment through movies, television, internet, and games.
Some of these ingredients occur in most societies, but some may be unique to our country and within our control. In my opinion, the easy access to military-type assault weapons and ammunition is one of those. I realize that the subject is a third rail in politics, but we citizens must come to a consensus that those weapons are for warfare and should not be available for use by every insane, depressed, evil, drunk, or desperate person among us. That’s a tough nut to crack in a free society, I realize, but it deserves some thought. Perhaps you have your own solution to prevent such tragedies.
May the victims of this Aurora massacre, their families, and friends find peace and consolation, and may we all live without fear of future such tragedies in our own country.