No one has the definitive answers for why 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes armed himself with a Remington pump-action shotgun, an AR15 assault rifle, and two Glock handguns. Nevertheless, many would question why someone is allowed to buy four weapons and 6,000 rounds of ammunition within two months at gun shops in the Denver area.
It is alleged that he purchased a gas mask and a ballistic helmet and vest, in addition to leg, groin, and throat protectors. Why would these acquisitions not raise red flags with the local authorities and the gun shops' staff and owners?
It all comes back to the mindset of those zealots who cry out about the “right to keep and bear arms” every time we raise the issue of gun control. Does a game hunter really need a gun that has a drum magazine and has a capability of firing 50 to 60 rounds per minute?
I do not even know anyone who owns a gun but in many areas of the United States, it is unlikely that you would find an adult who does not own one. I recall conversations with some American friends who joked about storing guns in their bedside drawers as well as having “patio guns, garage guns, or car guns”.
Jumping to conclusions will not help to prevent more massacres. However, we should all take a long look in the mirror and question how we as individuals and our society have become obsessed with behaviour that revolves around violence, celebrity, and self-gratification.
I do not wish to belittle those who were victims of this horrendous tragedy, but the question arises: what is a four-year-old child doing at a movie theatre at midnight viewing The Dark Knight Rises?
Man’s inhumanity to humankind never ceases to amaze us, and in some ways, we are all accountable for tragedies like this one in Aurora, Colorado. Every time we fail to look out for our neighbours and ignore the physical and mental cruelty that goes on around us we are supporting bad behaviour. Furthermore, we are continuing to support the media, which exploit this behaviour that hardens our souls as we drift further off course on this sea of humanity.
Rex Moore is a writer who lives on the North Shore.