In lieu of a highly anticipated action movie where the hero is guaranteed victory over villains, Americans are left feeling defeated. This morning, a tragic shooting occurred during a showing of “Dark Knight Rises” in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
More than 70 people were directly affected (appx. 12 dead and 58 injured), but many more American citizens remain stunned, confused, & saddened. The focus seems to be on the shooter. While (I guess) it’s somewhat important to notify the public about who he is, the majority of the focus should be shifted to developing solutions that can prevent future situations.
The Blame Game
Fault has been inappropriately forced on the National Rifle Association (NRA). A representative tweeted a cheery “Good morning shooters” unaware of what happened earlier this day. Frantic citizens jumped to conclusions & the organization has been targeted since.
What Can Be Done
The time to press for changes in firearm policies should be before things like the Aurora shooting can occur. But since we know it takes time to pass laws, we have to take precautionary measures in the meantime.
Public places like movie theaters usually don’t have metal detectors or a high volume of security to check individuals upon entry. Maybe business owners should invest in some. Also, the shooter was able to enter the theater through what seems to be the emergency exit. Shouldn’t those be locked from the outside at all times?
Some may argue that changing laws, buying new equipment & hiring staff will be costly & unnecessary. This shooting was an unusual incident, so why invest so much trying to prevent something that may never happen again? But why not?
As a citizen of this country, I have a right to be guaranteed protection. Millions of dollars are invested into the military every year to protect our country on foreign lands, but it always seems too much to ask for the government to take care of home first.
But, hey, I could be thinking too simplistically. I’m merely a young citizen with tons of questions & no answers trying to make it in this world.
I’ll definitely be praying for the family & friends of the victims… & for the rest of our country.