Monday, July 23, 2012

Politicizing Tragedy


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. 

Please stop. 

What happened in Colorado 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.

4 comments:

Otter Limits said...

What happened in Aurora was most certainly a tragedy and I really hope that somebody figures out this nutjob's true motives behind his attack.

That being said, in regards to the left and the right and everyone in between using this event for their own agenda........

Unfortunately, it will not stop. Remember this is an election year and the Democrats and Republicans alike are going to milk every little thing that happens in this country for everything it is worth and use it to their advantage. Then again, they would probably do that if it wasn't an election year.

Dave said...

I have no delusions that anyone will stop or care for that matter, but that doesn't make it right. People have long since forgotten about things like decency and respect.

Otter Limits said...

Regrettably, it does seem to have gotten that way in the world.

The best thing we can do is treat people the way we would want to be treated and raise our kids to do the same. Somewhere along the line, hopefully, we can reverse the trend with good parenting.

Dave said...

Can I get an AMEN?!?