Again this nation is horrified and shocked as yet another shooting rampage makes us shudder and shake our heads in disbelief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as we mourn with the nation and watch the story of Aurora, Colo., unfold.
James Holmes, 24, managed to open the back door of a movie theater in Aurora, kill 12 and wound 59.
But are we really shocked?
Have we become so accustomed to turning on the news to watch coverage of shooting rampages like that in nearby Columbine 13 years ago, Nickel Mines, Pa., Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and that of Gabby Gifford, that somehow Thursday night’s tragedy is just another notch in this nation’s belt of senselessness?
Do we simply move on with our lives, and just wait for another seemingly mentally unstable person to lose control in a crowd?
Returning to center stage will be the popular demands for better public safety, tighter gun controls and less violence in the media — since many will assume the action flick “Batman — The Dark Knight Rises,” could provoke someone to open fire in a movie theater. And, while all those things might not be bad ideas individually, none of them will get to the root of the problem in America.
Anyone can walk into a crowded super store, post office or school, and even with a legal weapon, purposely assassinate innocent victims. No new legislation will ever change that. Perhaps we might all live like hermits and stay within the safe confines of our own homes. But even that isn’t practical, as we think back to our own Daviess County rural shooting spree in 1996.
An accelerated pace of moral decay is the source of problem, and it goes back a long way, but such insane actions have become much more prevalent since the shootings in Columbine. Did we ever think we would ever be so de-sensitized to killers firing on innocent victims in mass?
Aurora’s shooting will soon likely be a distant memory because it will be yet another town or city parking lot, with another crowd of people screaming to get away and clutching their loved ones in horror.
Senseless, just senseless.