Very early this morning, a 24-year-old man shot dozens of people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing at least 12 people. It was a midnight premier for “The Dark Knight Rises.”
A Dark Night has risen indeed.
I try not to be ambivalent about these sorts of mass shootings, but I have come to the conclusion that they are just part of our cultural landscape here in America. Like baseball and earthquakes. I have come to this conclusion because like earthquakes — and like baseball, I suppose — there is nothing we can do to keep them from happening. Arguments about gun laws, personal rights, and violence prevalent in movies and video games, will never be resolved in a way that will keep a mass shooter from doing something like this, no matter how badly we would like to. At least not in my lifetime.
My guess is we will find this guy was mentally ill. A lot of people who knew him are probably saying to themselves, “I knew he was going to do something like this.” Unfortunately, in our society, even if we think someone is capable of doing something like this, there is very little that can be done.
Unfortunately, my first post in a month has nothing to do with science fiction, but with a very depressing dose of reality in America.