In the wake of the tragedy last week in Aurora, CO the internet has been a blaze with theories, speculations, cries for more gun controls, screams for no gun controls, and everything in-between. One look at Facebook and one will see countless “discussions” on the validity of gun free zones, the need for more concealed-carry ability, the possibility that the shooter was a member of the Tea Party and/or Occupy Wall Street, how violence in video games/movies/television/comic books is warping America’s youth, asking questions like why didn’t someone in the theater jump the guy, how the entire event was probably staged by the CIA/FBI/other-evil-government-agency-of-your-choice, and on and on and on.
What happened in
was a horrific event by someone who obviously has some serious issues but
beyond that we really don’t know anything and this Monday morning quarterbacking
is not doing anyone any bit of good. Yes
we should ask questions about the event and what brought this man to devise and
execute this mass shooting, but using this event to promote an agenda, cause,
or conspiracy is shameful. Instead of
turning this tragedy into another excuse to throw mud at whoever disagrees with
your issue of choice, we should let the facts speak for themselves (people do
still believe in facts, right?) and learn what we can from this nightmare.