My generation has seen so much tragedy, much of it in the form of senseless violence. We experienced the Oklahoma City Bombing, Columbine, 9/11 and now Aurora. I know that the generations before have also seen their share of war and displays of inhumanity. It is never ending. In recent history we have seen the Holocaust, Vietnam and Rwanda. Mothers and babies killed by fathers and sons. Unimaginable cruelty from one person to another. Over and over and over again. I do not believe it will ever end. Humans are not above it. Perhaps, this is just part of the human condition. There will always be crazy. There will always be injustice. The unimaginable will become reality.
Where does that leave us?
In the wake of the tragic events in Colorado there has been a great deal of conversation regarding gun control. I have seen verbal spats played out on facebook, both sides of the fence pointing fingers and calling names. I have my own opinions on the topic. I don't like guns. Period. Guns are created for a single purpose, and I'm not comfortable with killing. Yet, at this point, while the wounds are still fresh, I can only see one thing clearly. There is no easy answer. While limiting access to guns, particularly the semiautomatic 100-round barrel variety the Aurora shooter used may seems logical to me, I am also aware that in this day and age we will never be truly "safe." There will always be insanity. Just look a the wack jobs of the Westboro Church who plan to picket the Aurora victim's memorial. I wouldn't want to run into one of those nut cases in a dark ally. Yet, if we can keep guns out of the hands of the insane and the angry, I'm all for it. Although it may be a losing battle, we have to do whatever we can to try and prevent such horrific acts from happening again.
I don't pretend to have the answers, quiet frankly the issue is clearly complex and I haven't done my research. I just want my kids to be able to attend school and go to the movies without fearing for their lives. Making it more difficult for people to obtain semiautomatic weapons that can take down 50 plus people in a couple of minutes just seems logical to me. What else can we do?
I didn't start writing this with the intention of getting on a soapbox. My real purpose was actually to express my fear and sadness over these terrible, terrible events. Like Columbine, Aurora has been written into Colorado and American history. We are in a new era, one where none of us can ever really feel safe, and that perhaps is the greatest tragedy of all.