First, and foremost, my heart goes out to the innocents affected by this tragedy. This tragedy yet again shows of the existence of evil.
The bodies haven’t yet cooled but people with the agenda of control are already beating their drums for yet more gun control. My understanding is firearms are not permitted in theaters in Colorado (?) If so, this prohibition didn’t work.
The ‘paranoid’ part of me wonders why these things seem to happen when there are ‘gun control’ issues being debated in the Congress (Fast & Furious). Is it just coincidental? Are there forces at work trying to promote an agenda? Or are they just dancing in the blood of the dead to promote such an agenda?
There was a mass shooting at a Canadian block party in Toronto a while ago. Canada is (in)famous for it’s gun control laws. They didn’t stop it, though. The Brady Bunch seems to have a meme - ‘if we had just one more law…’, then one gets passed and another horrific event occurs and they say, ‘if we had just one more law…’ chipping away at our civil rights, law-by-law, event-by-event, and not solving the problem.
The truly sad part is more laws, more government, more controls will not solve the problem. There are firearms crimes in Japan and Britain for chrissakes – where guns are strictly prohibited. This most recent miscreant purchased his legal guns and ammunition legally. Then, he broke the law by entering a theater (in violation of posted signage) and killing people.
Do I offer a solution? Not really. Unless we could revert to pre-1911 gun control. No Gun Control Act of 1968, no National Firearms Act of 1934, no Sullivan Act or it’s many illegitimate legislative children. All of which are designed to control the law-abiding. Criminals are going to commit crimes whether it’s against the law or there are signs.
Let the Second Amendment be the law of the land, much as the First Amendment is. One still cannot yell fire in a crowded theater free of consequences, nor should one be able to assault people with a tool. A firearm or a gas grenade. There should be consequences.
If these laws were removed from the books – negated – it would positively affect the culture, and more folks would avail themselves of their Second Amendment rights. How many mass shootings occurred prior to 1911, or 1934 or 1968? Funny, ‘they’ pass more laws, and there are more shootings. The increase of open and concealed gun laws is directly attributable to a decrease in crime. If the laws were changed, perhaps Toronto or Aurora wouldn’t have turned out the way they did. People could have responded immediately, instead of waiting for the police to do so.
Of course, there’s no Second Amendment in Canada, so this doesn’t apply there.